Google’s AMP is here to save us from slow mobile content delivery, by enforcing strict standards and limiting what is allowed within AMP pages. The pages only allow a subset of tags and introduce their own tags for fast prefetching of content (images, videos … AMP Specs)
“The Accelerated Mobile Pages (“AMP”) Project is an open source initiative that came out of discussions between publishers and technology companies about the need to improve the entire mobile content ecosystem for everyone – publishers, consumer platforms, creators, and users.
Today, the expectation is that content should load super fast and be easy to explore. The reality is that content can take several seconds to load, or, because the user abandons the slow page, never fully loads at all. Accelerated Mobile Pages are web pages designed to load instantaneously – they are a step towards a better mobile web for all.”
AMP pages are cached within the AMP Cache, providing even faster delivery of your content. The core libs validate your implementation and highlight any problems by pushing errors to the console.
The documentation lists all components currently supported within a page and experimental components in development as well.
I have already added AMP support to our blog posts:
Google’s Webmaster Tools also integrates a new section for AMP, to see how they perform.
AMP is not supposed to replace your webpage, but offer a faster access point to presented content. It will not solve all use cases, but offer better performance for your simple reading pleasure for now. Its a start and lets see how it evolves ;)
Simple way to do some Visual Composer Grid cleanup, when you are using Bootstrap within your theme. This removes and cleans up classes.
Visual Composer for WordPress Bootstrap / Bootstrap Sass
“gridstack.js is a jQuery plugin for widget layouts. It allows you to build draggable responsive bootstrap v3 friendly layouts. ”
Demo @ Github
As I mentioned the usage of Markdown for the Slate documentation builder, here some Markdown editors:
Highly customizable editor.
Use it anywhere and sync to dropbox if you like.
Nice split-screen setup, that shows you how the html conversion looks like.
A nice minimal editor that was developed for Elementary OS.
Alertify.js is a small library which provides light-weight, high performance browser dialogs.
jQuery.sheet is spreadsheet plugin, that offers creation, viewing and editing. All combined with a nice API.
Now that Parse is phasing out (01/2017), people are looking for alternatives that offer:
Collaborative list of Parse alternative backend service providers @ GitHub
PNotify @ GitHub
Favic-o-matic is a favicon generator, that transforms your png design into favicons and the required html to include them.
Favic-o-meter makes sure that every browser shows your favicon perfectly :)
IoT is the current buzz word and I will be doing some more tinkering with current solutions this year. I have done projects with Arduino , Raspberry Pi and looking into relayr / Wunderbar right now.
relayr provides a tech stack with Wunderbar, that easily connects included sensors with the cloud. They provide a wide range of API endpoints to collect data and even integrate hardware solutions like Arduino orRaspberry Pi.
“The WunderBar is built for software developers. It is a powerful rapid prototyping and product development tool that enables developers to immediately start creating products and solutions that utilise the Internet of Things, without any prior hardware knowledge. No soldering or electronic engineering experience is needed. Just choose what sensors you need for your project and start coding.”
relayr / Wunderbar
Starterkit should arrive next week …