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Optimize Images with Sketch App

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Optimize your image assets for the Web using Sketch app.

You know the drill. When you’re building for the Web or mobile performance is everything. Out of the box Sketch does not lend itself to producing flyweight images. But that doesn’t mean you need a second image editor, or even another tool, just to create performant images. Use these techniques to reduce file sizes and optimize images with Sketch.

EFF withdraws from W3C. DPRK plays with fire.

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Spotted this in the Frontend Focus. The EFF has chosen to withdraw from the W3C due to concerns in the direction the W3C moves as it relates to the openness of the World Wide Web. Perhaps not as alarming as KJU calling Trump a ‘dotard’ and threatening him with fire — it’s certainly not very settling either.

How to Live Without Google

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Here’s a collection of useful tools to help you maintain your privacy online. Use them instead of Google for max protection.

Beta Testing React Native with Buddybuild

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First impressions of Buddybuild for React Native development.

A year ago I built and open-sourced Lumpen Radio for iOS using React Native. A major takeaway during development was the importance of testing on actual devices. Not just my device. But, you know, like a responsible adult using a bunch of them.

At the time I was finishing development of the iOS app, Android support in RN was just getting its roots. I decided to let Android support bake a while longer, coordinated small group of people, beta tested with TestFlight and released to the App Store with confidence.

20 releases of React Native have passed since then and there have been great innovations like CodePush (archive) and Lock, and many Awesome Boilerplates have continued to surface with increasing speed.

Given all the advancements, and after recent inspiration to create an Android version of Lumpen Radio, I decided it was time to go cross-platform.