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UX IRL – Groupon’s Generic Error Messages

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Tut tut tut Groupon, I expected better from you. I was trying to buy two coupons to go whale watching for my upcoming trip to New York when I was presented with this at the checkout screen… Something had gone wrong. Was my credit card maxed out? Where my details correct? Were they out of whales to be watched? I always …

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Unit Testing AngularJS Course Hits $1000 Milestone

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I’ve hit my first major milestone for my Unit Testing AngularJS Course on Udemy. After 3 months – I’ve got 1,350 students, an average rating of 4.43 and made a profit of just over $1000! When I first thought about starting the course I planned it as more of a learning exercise to become better at teaching and at AngularJS. Creating the lectures actually took much longer than …

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UX IRL – Silent Treatment Birds

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If you open up the Angry Birds Seasons app when your phone is set to vibrate, then the game is also muted by default so no one can hear you playing a 6 year old game. Finally, an app that cares about my social awkwardness. Pro tip – Do not test this out for yourself, you’ll become addicted to Angry Birds once …

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Floating Elements with Flexbox

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The CSS float property allows you to tell an element where to align itself, in respect to the content around it. Using floats used to be the only way of developing responsive web pages. In fact, floats are still used by most major “grid” systems like Twitter’s hugely popular Bootstrap framework. The problem with floats is that they weren’t designed for overall site layout …

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What I Learned About Product Management From Steve Jobs

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Wow. I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and am utterly blown away. Steve Jobs founded Apple, made it great, got kicked out, came back and made it the best. He helped turn Pixar into the animation powerhouse it is today. He revolutionized the music industry and he pretty much launched the smart phone and tablet industries. I …

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The Easiest Way To Mock Dependencies In AngularJS Unit Tests

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At my day job, we’ve recently embarked on a project to improve our test coverage for our AngularJS based mobile site, which currently sits at a measly 40%. So I’ve been writing lots of unit tests lately and keep trying to find ways to make this tedious process a little bit easier and more enjoyable. A few days ago I discovered …

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2016

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2016 is the year when I finally (hope to) start writing again! I’ve been wanting to write for quite some time, but I had tried blogging a while back and never really got into it. What’s really been holding me back is a supreme amount of inertia and just not knowing what on Earth to write about. But lately I’ve …