What music are our developers listening to?

Coding and music go together like fries and ketchup, like peanut butter and jelly, like weekends and sleeping in. Our dev team at Usersnap loves their music. And their headphones, too.

Studies have shown that nine out of ten people are more productive when listening to music. Classical music and video game soundtracks for instance are said to have the biggest impact on productivity, since they avoid creating too much of a distraction.

But, coders being coders, they write their own rules. And, they are very particular about their own headphones as well (and not those plasticky thingies that get shipped with your iPhone).

With this in mind, we were wondering what our developers are listening to these days (and what tech this music is coming out of). So we did a (virtual) tour of the office and asked them about about their music preferences.  Spotify-Playlists included!

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The 10 most interesting web development questions on Quora

You have a question. Quora might have the answer.

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We are always interested in what other professionals are thinking about web development ideas. To get some more insight, we took a look at some of the most interesting web development questions people have asked on Quora.

There are thousands of questions and answers to explore on Quora. Here are 10 to get you started!

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15 extremely useful Chrome extensions for developers

A couple of months ago, we reviewed the new Firefox browser designed for developers. Since then most of our developers kept Google Chrome as their primary browser. Working with Chrome offers access to an immense repository of Chrome extensions and tools which make our daily tasks less of a chore. With the built-in developer tools, there seems to be no further need for more tools. However, I’d like to present you 14 of the best Google Chrome extensions for developers.

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7 outstanding female CTOs you should follow

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It’s a sad fact that the tech industry is still vastly dominated by men. Currently, women hold only around 25% of all tech jobs. The number is even smaller for management roles. Only 14% of all CTO positions in tech companies belong to women. You’d think with all the innovative products, ideas and technologies launched every day, the tech industry would have figured out gender equality. Well, it hasn’t. As technology keeps advancing into every aspect of our lives, this is something that has to change. It is more important than ever to make women seen and female voices heard.

Today, we want to present you 7 outstanding female CTOs. These women are leading the way for women in tech in 2017 and beyond.

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How to Onboard Your Newly-Hired Developers

There’s nothing worse than feeling you are wasting your time. Imagine putting all your time, energy, and resources into hiring someone and then they quit within a few months. You know those target posters you can put on the wall that say ‘Bang Head Here’? I’ve needed one many times. Hiring and retaining good developers is a cumbersome business. You do it, but sometimes all you can do is shake your head and stare at that poster.

Over the years, I’ve found that hiring developers and bringing them into an agile team requires them being supported by an agile talent management system and excellent onboarding. In fact, new employees who go through a structured onboarding program are 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years. If you want to wrap your head around how important this is just imagine the financial and emotional impact of replacing people in your team every year.

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A guide to building browser notifications

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As more and more of our beloved apps run solely in the browser, we as users are beginning to rely on browser notifications to get updates on new activities.

In this article, I’m going to provide you with the best practices for developing and designing web push notifications.
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6 Tired Web Elements to Stop Using in 2017

Keeping up with new trends and tactics is important as you develop successful web strategies for your clients. Conversely, it’s just as important to realize when it’s time to retire older practices that have been shown to be problematic.

Web design and best practices for user experience continue to evolve, but it’s amazing to see how much old, ineffective work is still hanging around out there. Many websites have been around since before we had a clear understanding of the value of conversions and how to create a clear path to success.

Use this checklist to help identify and understand, eliminate, and replace those web elements that have no place on a website in 2017.
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Hiring developers is hard. Here’s what we learned in the last 3 years.

No matter to whom in tech I talk to. Most people and tech companies seem to struggle with hiring developers.

And since I have the feeling that hiring is a topic that doesn’t get too much talk and attention (maybe because of people struggling with it), I think it’s our obligation to share the biggest lessons we’ve learned at Usersnap.
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