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Back to basic with HTML and CSS

Nowadays, many webpages are being styled using some kind of preprocessor (like SASS or LESS). This is also the case for HTML, which is usually generated by a CMS or web framework. All these abstractions make us think less about the basics of HTML and CSS and even worse, often result in bad qualit...

Written by svenv on July 31, 2016 Read more
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Let's deprecate jQuery

Update: 5 days after this blog post the jQuery team released version 3.0 which is A+ compatible.

jQuery has been good to us, since it's arrival back in 2006 it helped us by abstracting away many browser incompatibilities. It came with good documentation and made our lives as web developers in ge...

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Getting rid of ads on OSX and iOS (the hard way)

Ad blockers are becoming more and more common on desktops and laptops and ever since Apple allowed ad blockers in iOS 9 (at least in Safari) it’s easier than ever to block these annoying ads on all your devices. Still, ad blocking plugins might not be the best way of keeping your browser ad-free....

Written by svenv on March 15, 2016 Read more
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5 frontend development tools you should use in 2016

The last couple of years radically changed frontend development. Now that 2016 is here, let sum up some of the coolest tools in frontend development today:

EcmaScript 6

If you haven’t switched to ECMAScript 6 (ES6) yet you should do so today. ES6 offers many improvements over traditional JavaSc...

Written by svenv on Jan. 23, 2016 Read more
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Styling a <select> element using CSS

When you want to apply markup to select elements. You might notice that sometimes it isn’t particularly easy to get the results that you want. Selects inputs (especially on Apple devices) don’t seem to work well with CSS and this can make some simple tasks rather difficult.

There are various sol...

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Why bootstrap sucks

Bootstrap is one of the most popular frameworks for fronted web development. It allows developers of all skill levels to build a webpage that looks at least adequate in only a small amount of time. However, as the title of this article suggests, I think Bootstrap really sucks and you shouldn't us...

Written by svenv on Nov. 21, 2015 Read more
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Using Ansible for Docker deployment

Both Ansible and Docker are great tools, and when you're managing (development) environments you might already have been using one or both. However, if you use only one of these tools (or both separately), you might still be missing out.

Combining these tools and deploying Docker containers usin...

Written by svenv on Sept. 13, 2015 Read more
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Running Varnish with HTTPS/SSL

In an earlier post, I wrote how Varnish can make a huge difference in website performance. Varnish caches content and acts as a proxy (in front of a web server) to serve pages with extreme speed. The downside of Varnish however, is that it doesn't support SSL or TLS connections. Now that security...

Written by svenv on Aug. 24, 2015 Read more

Running Docker behind the ufw firewall

Ubuntu ships with a very nice and simple frontend for iptables called ufw (uncomplicated firewall). Ufw makes it possible to setup a firewall without having to fully understand iptables itself. When you however are using Docker and you want to combine Docker with the ufw service. Things do get co...

Written by svenv on July 30, 2015 Read more

Bash: change extension for multiple files

Today I needed to change the extension for a batch of files. I didn't wanted to do this manually so I worked out a simple oneliner. Might be useful!

for i in $(find . -name "*.OLD"); do mv $i ${i%.OLD}.NEW; done

Simply replace OLD and NEW and run this in the directory you want to ch...

Written by svenv on July 10, 2015 Read more
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Adding CSS classes to images with markdown

I use markdown in my blogposts to apply some basic formatting to my content. I chose markdown over HTML because it's far more readable and much less cumbersome.

The downside of markdown however, is that because of it's simple nature, sometimes it can be quite limited. I encountered this problem ...


5 cross-platform alternatives to HeidiSQL

When it comes to database administration, HeidiSQL seems to be the best (gui) tool available. Unfortunately, it's only available for Windows and it doesn't look like a cross-platform is coming anytime soon. Fortunately, there are some really good cross-platform alternatives and in this post I wil...

Written by svenv on June 16, 2015 Read more
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