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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Customer-Driven Product Development: Taking the Jobs-to-Be-Done Approach

Errors typically happen when things aren’t planned carefully enough, or when entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by the product development process.

With the right mindset and framework at hand, companies can do more than just launch products. They can create solutions to real challenges that users have.
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The JavaScript conference this city needed. Our review of Scriptconf.

Last Friday, we had the great pleasure to visit Scriptconf, a one-day JavaScript conference, in Linz. And it wasn’t just for fun. We learned a lot too. Scriptconf managed to bring some of the best JavaScript advocates to Linz.

All in all, we can’t wait for Scriptconf 2018. But beforehand, let’s take a look back at the first ScriptConf.

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The benefits of asynchronous design feedback.

Just recently I found myself in a situation which required instant design feedback. I like exchanging thoughts and ideas through real-time conversations, however, I wasn’t prepared for the question: “What do you think about this design draft?

And seconds later, I was providing unthoughtful design feedback.

In this article, I’m going to elaborate on the benefits of asynchronous design feedback, and why you should give it a try as well.
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A Guide to PaaS Solutions: 7 Questions You Need to Answer.

In today’s guest post, Rainer Stropek, co-founder of software architects, gives us some insights on how to evaluate PaaS solutions in order to find the best one for your product.

At the moment, we are working on a SaaS project in which IoT (Internet of Things) plays an important part. While reviewing my work from the past weeks I was surprised to see how my work as a software architect has changed since we made the move to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

In this article, I’d like to provide you with a guide on how to evaluate other PaaS services.

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13 Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2017

The new year motivated us to think about learning a new programming language. Inspired by Alexander Falks’ post “Learn a new programming language this summer” we are opening the learning season 2017: What programming languages should I learn in 2017?

What programming languages should I learn” is one of the most popular questions these days. It’s complicated. There are so many languages to choose from these days.

Whenever you have too many choices it is harder to actually decide to learn one language. You might know the famous “Jam study” by psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar, who found that shoppers who were confronted with 24 different jams where very unlikely to buy one. (The sweet spot for jams, no pun intended, is a choice of six different jams).

We love options and alternatives, but more choices make it harder to decide. That is true for web development, too. That’s why I want to break it down for you and make it very easy.

It’s still up to you which programming languages to try, but you will have a pretty good overview to start from.

Ready?

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Best Web Development Trends For 2017

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UPDATE:
You can find the best web development trends for 2018 in this article right here. Stating that, the listed web development trends for 2017 are still highly relevant.

Technology changes constantly, so to be at the top of your game as a web developer, it’s vital you’re keeping up.

It can be confusing and discerning when so many updates and developments are being released every few weeks. With 2017 just getting started, we’ve put together some information about the anticipated trends for this upcoming year and some advice about what areas of development you should be focusing on.

Discussing new frameworks, techniques, and tools which are all working to enhance UX, consider this blog your one-stop-shop for all things 2017!

We at Usersnap put together all our thoughts in this article.
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