January 2015 - Broken Links Archive

Best Practice for Creating Custom Elements

It looks like cus¬≠tom ele¬≠ments, and web com¬≠po¬≠nents in gen¬≠er¬≠al, are begin¬≠ning to break through into gen¬≠er¬≠al devel¬≠op¬≠er con¬≠scious¬≠ness, as I see more and more arti¬≠cles and talks dis¬≠cussing what they are, what they are good for, and how to make them.

As they‚Äôre not yet being used heav¬≠i¬≠ly in devel¬≠op¬≠ment, how¬≠ev¬≠er, I think there‚Äôs a good oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to define best prac¬≠tices in the way we use them. In this post I want to pro¬≠pose a best prac¬≠tice method for writ¬≠ing cus¬≠tom ele¬≠ments: I‚Äôll do that by com¬≠par¬≠ing two meth¬≠ods for cre¬≠at¬≠ing cus¬≠tom ele¬≠ments, along with the advan¬≠tages and draw¬≠backs of each.

Aside: it strikes me that I haven’t writ­ten about cus­tom ele­ments here on my own blog, despite hav­ing giv­en a few talks and writ­ten a few pub­lished arti­cles on the sub­ject. In case you’re not sure what they are, I rec­om­mend you read my Detailed Intro­duc­tion To Cus­tom Ele­ments first.

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The Thoughtful Web #9: Teens, Things and TMI

This is the lat¬≠est of my semi-reg¬≠u¬≠lar col¬≠lec¬≠tions of links to the best writ¬≠ing about the web and tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy, infor¬≠ma¬≠tion, soci¬≠ety, sci¬≠ence, and philo¬≠sophy. I also send this out as an email newslet¬≠ter, a for¬≠mat bet¬≠ter suit¬≠ed to the ‚Äėslow web‚Äô ethos I‚Äôm try¬≠ing to sup¬≠port. If you agree, you can sub¬≠scribe to the newslet¬≠ter.

The Links

I promise I‚Äôve read every sin¬≠gle one of these, and can rec¬≠om¬≠mend them all.

The Inter¬≠face Lay¬≠er: Where Design Com¬≠modi¬≠tizes Tech
Scott Bel¬≠sky makes the case that the future of dig¬≠i¬≠tal ser¬≠vices lies in build¬≠ing a sim¬≠ple inter¬≠face over con¬≠ve¬≠nient util¬≠i¬≠ties and ser¬≠vices ‚ÄĒ a reverse of the atom¬≠i¬≠sa¬≠tion of apps and ser¬≠vices we‚Äôre cur¬≠rent¬≠ly seeing.

Mobile First
No, not that mobile first. This is Ben Thomp¬≠son‚Äôs the¬≠o¬≠ry that we‚Äôre see¬≠ing a shift where prod¬≠ucts and ser¬≠vices ‚ÄĒ online and phys¬≠i¬≠cal ‚ÄĒ are under¬≠go¬≠ing changes dri¬≠ven by smart¬≠phone cul¬≠ture. Based on some spec¬≠u¬≠la¬≠tion about an unan¬≠nounced prod¬≠uct, but pret¬≠ty sound the¬≠o¬≠ry nonetheless.

Tech­nol­o­gy Has Made Life Dif­fer­ent, but Not Nec­es­sar­i­ly More Stressful
A study indi¬≠cates that fre¬≠quent inter¬≠net and social media users are no more stressed than those who use tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy less often, and some women even show a reduc¬≠tion in stress when using dig¬≠i¬≠tal tools. By Claire Cain Miller. I love see¬≠ing data that goes against the gen¬≠er¬≠al narrative.

The Inter¬≠net of Things needs a few SMACS
Scott Jen­son lays out the require­ments for the ThingNet, and it’s more than just the things and a stan­dard protocol.

Europe is Wrong to take a Sledge­ham­mer to Big Google
Search becomes more use­ful the more it knows about you, and forc­ing a breakup of Google would make all of its ser­vices less use­ful. Evge­ny Moro­zov argues that what we need is not to hob­ble big ser­vices, but to pro­vide data reg­u­la­tions to allow thou­sands of small­er com­pa­nies to compete.

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The Elements of a Good Conference Talk

Recent­ly on Twit­ter a few peo­ple, myself includ­ed, had a short con­ver­sa­tion about what we like to see in con­fer­ence talks, prompt­ed by Sara Souei­dan’s ques­tion:

I’ve been wast­ing a lot of time late­ly try­ing to decide which talk top­ic to do at which con­fer­ence. Any tips, fel­low speakers?

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I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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