Category Archives: Link Dump

Weekly (*cough*) link dump

I either need to get better about posting these, or stop calling them “weekly”.

The nGen Works Process wiki

Inspired by Kelly Goto’s well-known publishing of her process in the early days, nGen have published a wiki of their process. This is an amazing resource for folks just heading into the industry or setting up their own shop. It’s also likely informative for potential clients who want to see how the sausage is made.

We use Trello

I used Trello last fall when I was deluged with work, and my existing project management process wasn’t handling it well. Trello is made of three parts: boards which contain lists, which in turn contain cards. Most folks use it for Kanban. This article will run you through how one Ruby on Rails production shop built their process around it.


Typeplate is a set of Less, Sass, or CSS stylesheets that handle things like typographic scale, and provide classes and mixins for things like setting hyphenation, creating drop caps, or indenting paragraphs.

Modern Etiquette: Email Correspondence

Grace Bonney walks you through a professional email message, including greetings, closings, and tone.

Weekly link dump

How I Learned Enough Ruby On Rails In 12 Weeks To Launch Freelancify

There are a lot of posts these days about folks who learned coding driven by a personal project they wanted to complete. This is one of my favourites.


I’ve had nothing but problems from the all-in-one time tracking, project management, and invoicing apps I’ve used. This year I’ve gone back to basics. Toggl is the tool I use to track my time, and create a report at the end of the week.


If you don’t already own TextExpander, and don’t need the iOS integration it offers, aText may be a much cheaper option. It includes advanced features like clipboard integration and shell scripting, and is only $5.

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The Sunday Papers at Rock, Paper, Shotgun

This is the blog post I most look forward to all week. The editors pull together the most interesting game coverage from the previous week, and add some commentary. Topics include reviews, industry news, and even proper critical theory from time to time.

Sublime Text 3 Beta Released

Nettuts+’s coverage of the beta of this increasingly popular editor. The ability to jump between symbols and their definitions will save lots of folks a tonne of time. Also potentially useful if you’re reading through source for educational purposes.


A searchable list of the best contributors to Stack Overflow sites, sorted by topics. Click on the user’s name to get a list of their best answered questions on your chosen subject.

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Jet Lag Rooster

Plug in your departure and destination locations and times, and you’ll get a customized sleep plan to help you get on the destination schedule.

How to sleep better

Recommendations for food and drink to promote sleep and improve sleep quality. Some seem easy enough to try.

Mavis Minecraft Teaches Coding

First in a series that will introduce some introductory lua. Lua is a great language to learn if you ever intend to do any modding or game development. Many developers use it for in-game scripting as it’s really lightweight, and was designed for embedding. The neat trick in this tutorial is that you’ll be learning to use Lua computers in a Minecraft world. By the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to script in-game behaviours.

Weekly link dump

Beautiful Web Type

I love typography, and am genuinely excited about how much freedom adoption of font-face provides. I am also pretty clueless about fonts. This site showcases some of the nicest faces in the Google Web Fonts directory.

5 Use Cases for Icon Fonts

If you’ve just encountered icon fonts (say in a framework), and are wondering how people are using them, these examples serve as inspiration. I’d never thought of the loader one.

Brew Methods

More coffee inspiration, this time broken down by apparatus.