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# javascript

Assert Your Style - Testing CSS in Ember Apps

Sometimes you really want to make sure that your web application looks good; and that it keeps doing so in the future. Automated tests are an important foundation for making your application's appearance future-proof and this may involve the integration of a screenshot-based testing tool like Percy.io or PhantomCSS.

But writing your own visual regression tests for critical styles in your application can be really useful, too - and it can be easily done on top of that!

Jessica Jordan

December 10, 2018

# misc

Open Source Maintenance

People often ask us how we can handle maintaining a large number of open-source projects. In this blog post we will introduce you to some of out internal best practices we have developed or discovered to simplify and speed up working on open-source and other projects.

Tobias Bieniek

November 27, 2018

# javascript

From SPA to PWA

Progressive Web Apps are the next level of browser based applications. While Single Page Apps (SPAs) have already meant a giant leap forward, PWAs are taking things even one step further. They offer a rich user experience that parallels what users know and expect from native apps and combine that with the benefits that browser based applications provide. In this post, we'll look at how to turn a Single Page App into a Progressive Web App.

Marco Otte-Witte

July 24, 2018

# ember

Building a PWA with Glimmer.js

We recently set out to build a progressive web app with Glimmer.js. Instead of building it with Ember.js, which is our standard framework of choice, we wanted to see how suitable for prime-time Glimmer.js is and what we'd be able to accomplish with it. To put it short, we are really happy with how building the app went and the result that we were able to achieve. In this series of posts, we will give some insights into how we built the app, why we made particular decisions and what the result looks like.

Marco Otte-Witte

July 3, 2018

# ember

ember-intl data loading patterns

At simplabs we ❤️ ember-intl and use it for all our projects where translations or other localizations are needed. ember-intl is based on the native Intl APIs that were introduced in all newer browsers a while ago. Unfortunately some users are still using browsers that don't support them and this blog post will show you our preferred way to load the necessary polyfill and the associated data.

Tobias Bieniek

June 18, 2018

# elixir

Handling Webhooks in Phoenix

I recently had to implement a controller, which took care of receiving and processing webhooks. The thing is, the application had to handle webhooks which often contained very different information, and they were all going to one route and one controller action. This didn't really seem to fit with my goal of keeping controller actions concise and focused. So I set out to find a better solution.

Niklas Long

February 14, 2018