On Point: Volume 33

on point

Despite the fact that Marcus has been placed on the office “NO BAKE” list (because everything he makes is delicious and irresistible), we’ve had another really excellent week in the Bōwst office, complete with sing-a-longs and geekery. Bōwst team ever.

Drupal for Demigorgons

Super Cool Drupal Module: AddtoCalendar

You want a module that provides a widget to export events? Mecca Lecca Hi, Mecca Hiney Ho! Your wish is granted!

Alert the Media

There is a plan for media management in Drupal 8, and there’s only one guy who can bring it to you: Dries Buytaert.

Programming… with Pudding

Swiftly Tilting Code

You know what we hate? Things that are boring. We HATE being bored. So we love things that make us … um … un-Bored. Things like a macOS command line tool that generate Swift data models based on JSON data. Yeah, that’s strangely specific, but brother, the world is a strangely specific place.

Bring Da Noise, Bring Da Function

Do you get confused when writing components in React? Wish that there was someone, somewhere, who could help you to decide that they should do? Dream of finding some sort of awesome React-y guide? Unfortunately, I can’t give you that. But I can give you this. You’re welcome.

It’s a Java Jamboree

Say howdy-ho to Java 9. Like other Java, it smells great, is full bodied, and brings a whole lot of goodness to the table. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Upside-Down Design

Occam It

Please meet William of Ockham, a Franciscan friar, philosopher, and theologian who looked at the various problems that the 13th century had to offer, put his hands on his hips, and announced, “Bardus it.” Which, in English, means: Keep it simple, stupid. (Which is exactly what I’ve done with my explanation of Occam’s Razor.) Can you use this principle in design? But of course!

Take a Load Off

I don’t think that I am the only person who ever tried to learn something new and then, in a moment of complete frustration, announced that my brain is full. Design to reduce that kind of cognitive load, and make users a) happy b) feel much less stupid.

Sketching the Future

The newest version of Sketch is here and it is FANNNNCCCYY, y’all, right down to the redesigned icon. It has some significant improvements, too, like:

password protected files
a “paste with style” menu item
improves shapes converted to outlines
horizontal and vertical alignment options now take the middle of the layer at the bottom
bug fixes and stability improvements

Get yer Sketch on! You can download the free update 🙂

Are You Serious?

Is Figma really an option for Sketch designers? I mean, does it even WORK? Let’s check it out!

Gadgets that go to 11

The NES Classic Comes Out TOMORROW and I MUST HAVE IT

If you feel as strongly about this as I do, then you’re probably in your forties, remember the original Nintendo, and are desperate to play the original Super Mario Brothers on an awesome game controller that ONLY HAS Up, Down, Left, Right and A and B buttons. Those were simpler times.

How is the MacBook Pro like Cake?

They are both a LIE. Or at least, that’s what this article says.

Samsung is in The Upside Down…

… or they might wish they were, anyway. First the Galaxy Note 7, then the washing machines, and now reports of a different phone model exploding. Yikes.

In Other News …

Just Checking In

If you’re like millions of other people, you checked in at Standing Rock on Facebook last week, even though you were NO WHERE NEAR THERE. Why? To show solidarity and support. What does online advocacy actually do, and what can that mass check-in teach us? Let’s do some learnin’.

I Cantina Talk Right Now

What the world needs now … Is Star Wars, sweet Star Wars … here’s the latest.

The Geekiest Holiday Gift Guide EVER

Which is precisely why it is GLORIOUS. I can think of at least six things on this list I would want to give for gifts, and about ten that I want for myself. Get shopping!

And Finally

More Thoughts

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