Which Programming Languages Should You Learn?

“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?”

How to develop a chrome extension

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 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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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 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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We Are The Biggest Developer Conference in Europe. We Are Developers.

We Are Developers. That’s the claim and motto of the largest developer event in Europe.

And since we at Usersnap are developers, too, we put on our best suits (well, just kidding ?) and attended this year’s largest developer event, right in Vienna.

Together with 3.800 other developers from all over Europe we were pretty impressed by the organizers work and listened closely to speakers like John Romero, Joel Spolsky, and Håkon Wium Lie.

In this article, we’d like to share a few conference highlights from this year.
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Meet the CTO: Talking to Jan Varljen from Productive

Meet the CTO is a new series about CTOs, their daily lives, roles, and responsibilities. This week, we talk to Jan Varljen, CTO of Productive.

Jan shares his story of starting out as a web developer at one of the largest agencies in Croatia. As the CTO of Productive.io, Jan is now managing a team of developers building the next generation of agency software.

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Best Practices for Flat Design

Flat design can be seen as the more sophisticated cousin of minimalism —all design elements are centered on the idea of simplicity. However, the simplicity of flat design is hard to achieve — everything should be designed with the same goal in mind to create a cohesive visual and functional design.

Let’s look at what you can do to make flat design works for your users.

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