UK ISP group names Mozilla ‘Internet Villain’ for supporting ‘DNS-over-HTTPS’ Mozilla is adding DNS over HTTPS to Firefox, and it’s not sitting very well with ISPs in the United Kingdom. DNS over HTTPS provides security around DNS queries, which currently are generally not encrypted at all. Without that encryption, someone can very easily see what websites you are visiting. In the UK ISPs are required by law to do a certain amount of filtering of the internet, and DNS over HTTPS would prevent the easiest way for them to do that.
Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers Tired of all those ads following you around the internet and being super creepy? Give this site a try. It’s a collaboration between mschf internet studios and Mozilla Firefox. It will open a ton of sites making you look like one of a few specific profiles. The Future of Web Development If you look from the outside in, web development is hard and expensive.
Up your Git game and clean up your history If you use git for version control (which you probably do if you are doing any kind of version control) you really should learn to rebase. As long as you are careful and know what you are doing it isn’t necessarily an unsafe operation. This article should be a good introduction for rebasing and is worth a read. Why the Three-Part User Story Template Works So Well
I thought I could live without iMessage — and I was wrong This article isn’t as technical as many are, but I went with it because it is more privacy-focused. It discusses encrypted messaging and where the strong points and weak points are for both iOS and Android and why you should care. Chromium and the browser monoculture problem IE is switching to be built on Chromium, just like so many other browsers.
Assessing Your Options for Real-Time Message Buses Today data busses and event streams are being needed more and more to handle the amount of data applications generate. This article runs through the major options and gives you a brief summary of what they offer. Forget Agile and Kanban, understand what your user wants first I feel like this article is a tad heavy-handed, and the whole “understand what your user wants first” in the title isn’t really touched on as it should be.
Microsoft launches React Native for Windows React Native allows you to build native, or near-native, iOS and Android applications with React. Recently Microsoft has released React Native for Windows, making it possible to develop Windows apps with the same React syntax. As part of this Microsoft is rewriting many components in C++ for maximum performance. Faster script loading with BinaryAST? Have you ever tried to load a website on your phone only to have it look like it was done loading but you still have a white page?
Trans-inclusive Design You hopefully remembered timezones when building your application, you may have even remembered to support more than two names, but did you take into account transgender and non-binary gender users? There more to it than just adding options to the “gender” dropdown, way more. This article provides an excellent overview, of what you should be doing to be trans-inclusive. Also, while the title says “design” it is more of a functionality and information architecture type of design.
Announcing Microsoft Web Template Studio Microsoft has announced a new extension for Visual Studio Code called Web Template Studio. It’s still in very early development and currently only supports Express.js and React.js full-stack web apps, but there are plans for a lot more. It provides a simple wizard-style interface and allows you to generate your initial project. It looks like an interesting extension that will make things easier for many developers, but I expect to hear a lot of people complain that it seems too much like Visual Studio.
Tinder’s move to Kubernetes If you are interested in Kubernetes or running applications using containers this article is worth a read. Tinder has moved to use Kubernetes instead of plain EC2 instances but ran into some significant hurdles along the way. How healthy is the internet? Mozilla has put out an “Internet Health Report” that has a collection of articles and research around various topics related to the internet and technology today.