What the best dev teams do differently

Teams have become the fundamental unit of an organization. That’s the reason why there has been a lot of research on how to improve team culture, collaboration, and communication. The question is no longer around what individuals can do, but how they can work together. Especially when it comes to web development projects, teamwork is key. In this article, we want to spotlight a few things that the best teams get right.

We take a look at three critical things: 1) communication, 2) culture of learning, and 3) psychological safety. Our goal is to provide a few tips of actionable advice so you can work better after reading this. Better as a team, of course.

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Which Programming Languages Should You Learn in 2018?

“Which programming languages should I learn this year?” is one of the most common questions I get asked.

It’s a valid question, but it’s difficult to answer without knowing more about you and what you want to achieve.

It depends on…

  • What is your current web development knowledge?
  • What is the purpose of you studying programming?
  • How much time do you have available?
  • Do you want to work for yourself or for a company?
  • Do you prefer frontend or backend?
  • How much are you willing to invest in learning?

In our post about the “Best Programming languages for 2017” over 10,000 readers voted for their favorite language. Here are the results. (Don’t worry: You get to vote this year, too. Just scroll to the end of the post) Continue Reading “Which Programming Languages Should You Learn in 2018?”

How to develop a chrome extension in 2018

Browser extensions in general and chrome extensions, in particular, are small “software programs that customize the browsing experience”.

If you’re thinking about building your own Chrome extension, we provide you with helpful resources and tips in this article.

Our very own Usersnap Chrome extension is used by thousands of people, and we are happy to share our knowledge on how we built (and maintain) our extension with you.

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How to make your website accessible in 2018

In the last hundred years, dozens of legislative acts have been passed to make our environment more accessible for people with disabilities. These include laws such as making public transportation wheelchair accessible (Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1970) or protecting disabled people from housing, education or job discrimination. Accessibility also applies to websites and creating accessible web experiences.

Accessible online experiences are no longer a nice-to-have, but are legally binding for governmental institutions (and their suppliers) as well as for big corporations such as airlines.

If you are thinking about making your website accessible or are in charge of a WCAG 2.0 implementation, this article will illustrate a process on how to get started. It will show you what accessibility for a website means and how you can make your website inclusive for people with a disability.

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7 Web Development Trends You Can Expect in 2018

In web development, the saying “The only constant is change” seems to be industry-defining. Web development is changing every second and 2018 will be no different.

User expectations are growing and it is more important than ever to build digital experiences  that are engaging, fun, and intuitive. Content needs to be accessible everywhere, in real-time, and, of course, on mobile devices.

In order to make that happen, new programming languages and frameworks are on the rise (Hello Vue JS!), extensions are becoming more compatible, and real time web apps are becoming more popular.

In order to keep up with what is happening, we want to show you the top 7 web development trends that are happening right now!

Happy reading!

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Web Design Trends To Watch Out For In 2018

Web design has changed so much in the last months and we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. While 2017 was all about minimalism, 2018 brings back bold typefaces, vibrant colors, and new possibilities for users to interact with design. More than ever design tries to catch our attention and keep us focused and engaged while browsing on a website.

But see for yourself what is changing!

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Why we are betting on mindful notifications

One day, I got an email, a text message, a phone call, a Facebook message and two tweets within one minute.

Not because I work in Marketing, but just because that’s how life is for everyone right now.

If you feel that notifications run your life, you are not alone. We put together some information about how to manage your notifications mindfully, so you can be fully present in your life.

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All You Need To Know About Software Development Methodologies

The following is an excerpt from The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide by John Sonmez. To get the entire book delivered to your inbox, go here.

Are you ready to put on your boxing gloves and enter the ring?

Are you ready to be confused?

Are you ready to endlessly debate semantics? To hire expensive consultants to tell you what you are doing wrong and coach your team to higher levels by getting everyone “certified?”

Well, welcome to the world of software development methodologies.

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A Magical New Workflow for Connecting Usersnap with Your Favorite Tools

Working on a website launch or software update can be pretty stressful, and sometimes chaotic. We’ve all experienced the last-minute changes, new ideas and customer requests coming in right before you hit the “publish” button.

And then there are those moments where you wonder: “Have I already told John to fix this bug?“. And “Have I followed-up with John on…“, when what you really mean is something like: “Have I forwarded this Usersnap screen to our JIRA project for John to work on?”, “Ah…btw: Is there an update from John on this other Usersnap screen?”

Luckily, there’s help on the way. With the latest update from Usersnap, questions like these are a thing of the past.

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A Guide to Software Resilience Testing

Resilience testing belongs to the category of “non-functional testing” and tests how an application behaves under stress. Due to increasing consumer demands, resilience testing is as important as never before.  That’s why companies like Cisco are taking resilience testing very seriously, with 75% of all of Cisco’s applications tested for resilience as of mid-2016.

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