Pretty simple — If you’re working in software development you should NOT be using px units.

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In fact, you’ll want to stay away from all absolute units — px, in, mm, cm, pt. They are bad news for accessibility. Originally the px represented a physical pixel on a screen, this is no longer the case. Most modern browsers nowadays are able to render hundredths of a pixel.

So why are pixel units so bad for accessibility?
Content is king
and that is the main reason why a user is on your site — they want some content from you and it…


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What it means to Roniece Ricardo

It’s a sweltering Georgia afternoon. Roniece and I have decided to take a much-needed break from punching code. Based in West Midtown, we’re spoiled when it comes to coffee breaks, local shops grind some of the best beans around and the aroma fills the streets as we get closer to our destination. It takes us about five minutes to walk from our offices to Octane, our ‘unofficial meeting spot’.

As we take a seat at one of the tables, the atmosphere is relaxed, yet energizing. I’m not sure if it's the chatter of people around us talking tech, the quintessential…


Do you know what it costs to make an app?

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From the huge number of different apps available in both the App Store and Play Store on the two major smartphone platforms (Apple and Android), it would appear the creation of an app is a quick and simple task. All it takes is a bit of code, some pictures, and a bit of interactive activity to create the app. A few updates here and there to keep it running and all is well.

If only it were that easy! Recent studies have shown that the development of an app can quickly enter into the six-figure range, while the maintenance and…


Cultivating good habits are essential for success in all areas of life

We all know this, but while many of us have these excellent habits, it is still easy to fall short in certain areas.

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A lot of us know someone with admirable habits when it comes to their family and career but can’t seem to get off the ground with diet and exercise. Why is that? Two fundamental driving forces behind the creation of good habits are sound systems, coupled with well-established life priorities. Let’s talk real-life examples and how to get these good habits and systems implemented into your life today. Habits are everything in life. Make good ones, and…


Tech words to help you sound more tech-savvy

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Speaking to a group of techies can be hard. It can feel as if you’ve stumbled into a conversation where everyone is speaking a dialect of Mandarin. Also, you don’t always have time to Google “CMS” or find out why our friends in Europe are getting so upset about Cookies.

Sometimes all you want is a simple explanation, not a long drawn out commentary. That’s what we’re trying to do here: a jargon-free, plain-English tech dictionary. We’ve compiled a list of terms you’ll need if you’re considering speaking to anyone that knows how to ‘computer’. There’s a lot we didn’t…


Tech words to help you sound more tech-savvy

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Speaking to a group of techies can be hard. It can feel as if you’ve stumbled into a conversation where everyone is speaking a dialect of Mandarin. Also, you don’t always have time to Google “CMS” or find out why our friends in Europe are getting so upset about Cookies.

Sometimes all you want is a simple explanation, not a long drawn out commentary. That’s what we’re trying to do here: a jargon-free, plain-English tech dictionary. We’ve compiled a list of terms you’ll need if you’re considering speaking to anyone that knows how to ‘computer’. There’s a lot we didn’t…


A few pointers to help you not look like a total rookie

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You submit your first pull request. The head developer takes a look at your code and starts sweating and going into melt-down mode. He’s 20 seconds into reviewing your work and has seen some basic rookie errors. Not a great look!

Don’t panic, all is not lost. Here are a few things you can do to impress the senior developers on your team:

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Comments can sometimes be misleading, they don’t always do a great job of explaining behavior. A better option would be to improve naming so that your code explains itself. …


Tech words to help you sound more tech-savvy

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Speaking to a group of techies can be hard. It can feel as if you’ve stumbled into a conversation where everyone is speaking a dialect of Mandarin. Also, you don’t always have time to Google “CMS” or find out why our friends in Europe are getting so upset about Cookies.

Sometimes all you want is a simple explanation, not a long drawn out commentary. That’s what we’re trying to do here: a jargon-free, plain-English tech dictionary. We’ve compiled a list of terms you’ll need if you’re considering speaking to anyone that knows how to ‘computer’. There’s a lot we didn’t…


The importance of knowing their differences

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Most people (that are not in the tech industry) assume, incorrectly, that a native mobile app is essentially the same thing as a web app. The truth is that the two are quite different from one another.

Apart from the user experience, apps for the web and mobile are created and executed differently. A web app is a website that is designed responsively, to be viewed on a smartphone or desktop. There are a lot of different types of websites, some are static and not updated often, and others are responsive and have a fair bit of interactivity. …


And a few reasons why you may want to ditch Bootstrap

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CSS Grid has been out for a hot second and has recently gained support with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Here are some of the reasons CSS Grid has grabbed my attention, and why I think it could be a great replacement for Bootstrap:

Simple Markup

One of the best features of the CSS Grid is simplicity, it makes your markup cleaner and sexier.

I’ve created a test so that we can compare the markup and styling needed for the two versions:

Bootstrap

Kevin Meldau

Software engineer at Polar Notion

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