It was completely unexpected. Out-of-the-blue I was asked today by one of my co-workers to write a blog post. I thought hard about which new front-end development tools I have been using lately, but couldn’t think of anything that had had a significant impact on my professional life recently. Then I looked at today’s date and I realized that it is my 20-year anniversary here at Boyle Software. These twenty years certainly had a significant impact on my life…
Everyone is using Varnish to speed up their sites nowadays. Varnish greatly decreases page load time on websites with mostly anonymous traffic. But many anonymous sites still need to personalize content a bit based on user geo location, time-of-day, the languages the browser claims to support, etc.
According to Kissmetrics, “47 percent of visitors expect a website to load in less than 2 seconds, and 40 percent of visitors will leave the website if the loading process takes more than 3 seconds.” [Source] Wow, only 2-3 seconds! We have to deliver our content really quickly. While our back-end team is working every day on a back-end optimization, what can we do on a front-end?
The bullets and numbers in HTML lists can easily be customized. Using the CSS content property we can give the bullets a different color or display the numbers in a bold font. The content property is used to generate content before or after an HTML element via the :before and :after pseudo-elements.
The announcement hit our inbox this morning: Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Project – aka AMP – is officially out now. Previewed last October, AMP is an open source project for content creators who can now “create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere.” Crucial stuff now as the Web’s primary viewership moves over to mobile devices!
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to grow up to be a developer. Sure it was totally for the sole reason of creating video games, but still I knew that that was the path for me. But growing up, I didn’t even know that was possible until I was first introduced to programming in high school. It was during that time that I realized it was something I was great at and loved doing.
Boyle Software’s client roster recently grew with the addition of ASCAP – The American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers. We’re very happy to be assisting the much-respected performing rights organization on a variety of development projects.
Founded more than 100 years ago, ASCAP collects performance royalties for some of the biggest names in music, from yesterday and today: Beyoncé, Duke Ellington, Katy Perry, The Beatles, Jay-Z, and George Gershwin have all been a part of the ASCAP story. Who wouldn’t be excited to be working closely with an organization with such an amazing history? We at Boyle Software look forward to a long and harmonious relationship.