Web Development

Spent $2150 on a XPS 15. Regretting it. Need to get a Mac. Options?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 23:58

Hi folks,

I did some thorough research (apparently not good enough) and finally decided to get the 2017 XPS 15 with 16 GB RAM. The RAM was high on my priority list since I have one Vagrant box running for webdev (~4 GB RAM), Windows was easily going to take ~2-3 GB and then Chrome, Firefox and Atom were going to take up some more. I usually run about ~10-11 GB when I'm comfortably multitasking.

I strayed away from the MBP 2016 and 2017 models because of all the keyboard issues and shitty AppleCare in India. Couldn't have my laptop missing from work for ~2 weeks or costing me ~$700 from out of pocket later for a keyboard replacement.

Now, I had initially planned to dual boot linux and Windows and use linux for web dev and Windows for entertainment. Sadly, linux does come its headache, right from installing to maintaining it and then some edge cases while developing on it. I don't want the headache. Vagrant mostly works fine on Windows but there are edge case issues... again. For non-Vagrant dev, I use linux in a VirtualBox setup which works great.

While it's an excellent machine, it's a very hard chance, realistically, I'll be to sell my XPS (it's only ~2 months old) since people in my country don't splurge on high end Windows machines.

I have two options:

  • Buy a 2017 MacBook Air purely for work. This comes with an 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD which seems to cost me another $880.
  • Sell my XPS and buy a 2015 15" MacBook Pro w/ Retina display, 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD without the keyboard problems - all of which are worthy upgrades. It'll cost me $2150, less whatever I get out of selling the XPS. The ideal scenario but also unlikely.

So, how good will the 2017 Air be with 8 GB of RAM when my Vagrant box is going to take up ~4 GB, the OS some, and then Chrome and Atom? Sounds to me like it'll barely work, if at all?

P.s. Older MacBooks are also not sold through official channels in India, nor refurbished ones, so that is again something to consider.

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What's the most useful snippet of code you've ever come across?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 23:56

Just curious. I have a bunch of snippets that I keep saved in my Github gists that I find myself using over and over on different projects.

Do you guys have anything that you consider your gems of code?

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No College Degree, no connections, is it even possible to get in the webdev field with only self-taught knowledge?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 23:48

So, here's my story...

Ever since I could remember owning a computer, I've had the hobby of Web DEVELOPMENT (emphasized because I'm not a designer due to lack of artistic skills).

My entire teenage life, I was obsessed with motocross and web development; my only two hobbies. If my father wasn't making run practice laps on the track, I was inside programming, I'm in love with it. Everything I know is 100% self-taught unless you consider me buying books online a school educated (sarcasm).

Since graduating high school, I started a career in the Telecommunications field, AKA a Cable Technician for the most hated Cable Company in the US. That was 6 years ago and I'm still going strong. I have a love-hate relationship with my career, or the only part I hate is dealing with the customers. I'm not a Customer Support kind of guy...

Over the years of my career, I've fallen out of pursuing a career in web development, and I feel that many of things have changed over the 2-3 years I've stopped playing with web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP).

Over the past month or so I've tested my skills to see if I still "got it" by creating my mother's friend an application that helps her keep track of her marketing clients for social networking. Turned out a lot better than I thought, especially with the help of Laravel, BootStrap, and all the new fancy plugins that I've found floating around the internet.

(I'm getting to the point... I promise)

With all that being said, I really really miss Web Development. I'm not happy with my career choice, and my entire family begs me to get back into the hobby, but if I could choose, I would love to make it a career.

I'm here to ask you guys, where do I start? Do I need to start from day 1, pursue a college degree (which would be really hard due to my financial situation), or is it not out of the ordinary for companies to hire people off the street that have a decent amount of knowledge, and a very fast learning pace... listen to me treating this as a resume... ugh.

Anyways, I'm just looking for some tips.

  • Where should I start?
  • Do I even have a chance without a degree?
  • Should I just create a resume and throw it at any firm I can find?
  • What's it even like working with a team?
  • What happens if your employer asking you to build something and it's over your head?
  • Do you just sit back, crack open a cold beer and get to studying? ...which I have no problem with!

If you work for a Web Developing Firm, whats your day to day like?

I would love to shadow someone who works with a web dev team. That would be pretty cool, just to get the feel...

Anyways, you can probably tell I'm a little bored with the amount of text that is above. Any help/information/advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks! :)

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I disabled Flask Socketio, but it is still running in the background...

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 22:28

I have a flask app, which I briefly tried to add a chatroom feature too, but then decided against it due to the feature timing out and not working when uploading to Heroku. After recognizing this, I then went through my app.py file/HTML/CSS/Javascript and commented out everything that had to do with the chat feature/sessionio. However, now whenever I start flask with flask run from either the command line, or when uploading it back to Heroku, I'm seeing that socketio is still constantly running in the background, which is quite annoying. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I even tried deleting the cached files in my project folder, but to no success... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Here's what happens on the command line...

->flask run

Serving Flask-SocketIO app "app"

Serving Flask app "app"

Running on (Press CTRL+C to quit) - - [15/Mar/2018 21:23:12] "GET /socket.io/?EIO=3&transport=polling&t=M8idaC1 HTTP/1.1" 404 - - - [15/Mar/2018 21:23:18] "GET /socket.io/?EIO=3&transport=polling&t=M8idbfp HTTP/1.1" 404 -

EDIT: I also just noticed that all of my flask apps are now running as socketio apps and doing this same thing. I then tried eliminating socketio from the requirements.txt file, forcing heroku to uninstall socketio, however it still seems to be running when checking the log files...Not sure how to fix this...

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I have to use a web interface at work that has a terrible interface. Text boxes are way too small (like 2 lines). Is there a way to change/hack this with CSS or something?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 22:24

The website/system is located on the intranet. It has text boxes (textfield? my webdev is rusty) that normally hold 20+ lines of text, but they only show 2 at a time. It's ridiculous.

Maybe I could use CSS to change this? Or somehow open the system in a locally stored "container page" that has JS somehow show the text in a new frame (lol) onClick?

I haven't had downtime at work yet to actually inspect the source code, but I'm just looking for ideas on how to approach this. I figured you guys could point me in the right direction.

btw, I could probably put in a request, but there are literally thousands of employees who are accustomed to the way things are already.

tl:dr; Web interface sucks. I can't modify the source code and it's unlikely a request will fix the issue any time soon. Is there a way to hack it to make it more to my liking?

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Simple UX changes to a standard website (Wordpress CMS).

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:48

What’s the rate to hire someone for help with basic code changes on my site?

My website is lazy; I just want simple, range of motion. Maybe a logo floating or something interactive.

Is it easier to find help or figure it out myself?

What I’ve learned: You typically pay a company at least thousands to help create an entire website. - I’m looking to pay more on the per action basis (e.g. if you make X function, I’ll give you X hundred of dollars)

I need to find someone specialized with editing a specific theme in Wordpress.

Are there any UX-minded communities willing to help the average joe?


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Does anyone have a working repository of the thinkster.io full stack course?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:35

I tried out their react-redux front-end and node-express back-end but they both have bugs in them. I've fixed a couple bugs only to uncover another! It's kind of weird that they want you to pay $40 a month for their service but have repositories with no updates. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone has messed around with their repositories and fixed their kinks already. It would be nice to start them both up and have them working.

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How to fake scroll

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:14


I rebuild my portfolio. I checked on awwwards many portfolio website and I found something that I want to incorporate to my website. I don't know how it's call but it's like fake scrolling. The content of you see is change with some animation to show another content when you use scroll event. I noticed that there is no scrollbar so I'm so confuse. Can we remove the scroll from the browser? And sometimes, there is an animation when we change the page. Here are some exemple of what I'm talking about:





I want to increase my front-end development skill so learn new things is not a problem. Does exist some framework for these things?

Thank you!

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Firefox CSS animation stutter, don't know how to search this

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:58

https://youtu.be/bPHBxUbKKA0 Short video I made to demo what's going on.

Long story short, I'm using translateY in Firefox, and an opacity for the box shadow (i'm animating the ::after element's opacity from 0 to 1 and it has a box shadow, so it's not rerendering that shadow everytime).

I can't figure out why the performance in Firefox is so abysmal, it works great in Chrome. Searching is bringing me to irrelevant stuff so the only thing I could think of was to post a video here. Hopefully that's okay.

Relevant code below:

li { text-align: center; transition: .2s all; border-radius: $borderRadius; padding-bottom: 1em; grid-gap: 15px; transform:translate3d(0,0,0); &:after { position: absolute; content: ""; left: 0; top: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; box-shadow: 0 2px 15px rgba(0,0,0,.2); opacity: 0; pointer-events: none; transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0); } &:hover { &:after { opacity: 1; } transform: translateY(-10px); z-index: 500; } } submitted by /u/the_shaft
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For freelancers here...

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:43

Wouldn't it separate you from your competition if your client came to you for all their digital needs: design (photoshop), development (JS, PHP, etc), and marketing (SEO, social media, etc.)? Usually a freelancer web dev would just focus on making the site. But it makes more sense if you could learn those additional skills (like how hard will that be anyways) and do that yourself.

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Save Waveform Data As "Peaks" / json?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:10

I am using this - https://github.com/Idnan/SoundCloud-Waveform-Generator

Right now, I am able to save the generated image to my server, but I'd rather save the plot points (to the database or a file?) and recall it later. Maybe draw it on a canvas. Any help?

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Ad networks for mobile web apps

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:03

I'm having a tough time finding an ad network for monetizing a Progressive Web App I'm writing. It's an ionic 3 app so it uses angular 5, and all the ad networks either don't support html 5 ads or just give you a script tag to plop down wherever you want the ad, which will never work with angular. It seems the html ad network are still in 2000. Any ideas? Just FYI it's a mobile web app that aggregates all the house music streaming stations available into a curated list of 10-15 each day that are too playing the good stuff.

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How would you approach deploying websites quickly and effectively (in terms of rankings etc on search engines)

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:54

For example, given 50 hotel websites that need to be re-created (old websites on different systems) with SEO.

Using wordpress as my CMS, how would I approach my development? Have an X amount of templates to work with and just copy paste the content? I'd also have to factor in the booking system.

I'm sure some of you work in this field and I just don't know how I'd approach this. I was also thinking of outsourcing the development part of it to a cheaper country but the whole point of this is for quality and bringing value to the sites from the older ones.

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I am 6 weeks away from graduating from my coding boot camp. Any tips and advice on interviewing?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:35

Hi Guys! So as my title says.. My bootcamp is coming to an end and it's time for me to start putting out my resume. I have nothing on my resume but projects that I have done, and my previous health care career. I am super outgoing with a bright personality, but I am so afraid of technical interviews. Any advice and feedback will be greatly appreciated!

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Looking for SVGs of US state maps by county

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:25

I'm looking for good resources on US state maps by county. I'm working on a project where I need to animate county information, and I'm having a hard time finding high quality SVGs.

I was hoping someone knew of a Github repo or something that has a giant collection of these types of things.

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Google Domain?

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:18

I have a website that I built for a client with cloud9. They originally said that they had a domain with Godaddy which I am familiar with using. However, they actually have their domain through Google. Can anyone point me in the right direction for documentation (or just tell me) how I can get their site up?

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Interested in developing my future, can't find the first step with surety!

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:40

I want to be a web designer (create websites and coding necessary for those websites to, well, exist and to function through things such as javascript, etc.) but I do not know what first step to take. I do not know if there is much of a difference between free and pay-for online classes as well I do not know if I need to start with coding classes then work into web developing or if they are taught together or if it depends on the website / institution.

TL;DR :: What classes should I take to start my journey being a web designer?

(Also posted in the Web_Design subreddit)

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What's the deal with monster .ca/.com

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:38

I've made it very clear in my settings that I'm only interested in web development / programming positions in my own city, yet I still get emails for architecture and medical positions from all over the country. Is monster broken, or is it just me??

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Possible back-end gig but need advice on pricing

webdev: reddit for web developers - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:38

A friend of mine contacted me today and told me if I'm interested in making an app for an owner to manage his business. I'm guessing this will be desktop and mobile. I'm wondering if I should give the owner an estimate right away, ask him whats his budget, or something else? Any feedback would be helpful.

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