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Thomas Steiner
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Dad-of-three, Googler, PhD Student at UPC.edu, Semantic Web & Linked Data, Multimedia Semantics Researcher, REST, HTML5, Web-a-better-place-maker, Blogger
Dad-of-three, Googler, PhD Student at UPC.edu, Semantic Web & Linked Data, Multimedia Semantics Researcher, REST, HTML5, Web-a-better-place-maker, Blogger

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Woohoo, my browser extension 👷 Service Worker Detector has just launched on the official Google GitHub repo https://github.com/google/service-worker-detector 💙❤️💛💙💚❤️ . 

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The 👷‍♀️ Service Worker Detector Google Chrome extension has learned a new trick: it now detects 📃 Web manifests. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/service-worker-detector/ofdigdofloanabjcaijfidkogmejlmjc 🙌 
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👷 Just released v2.0.0 of the Service Worker Detector extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/service-worker-detector/ofdigdofloanabjcaijfidkogmejlmjc, now with event listener analysis to see which #PWA features are (likely) supported by a Progressive Web App. 
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Introducing ShapeShifter v0.1

For the past couple of months I've been working on a web app that simplifies the process of creating SVG-based path morphing animations.

Try it out and let me know if you have any trouble. If you don't have your own SVGs to use, click on that three-dotted icon in the top right corner and play around with one of the demos. :)

I'm especially interested in how I can make this tool more useful for UXers (who are usually the ones creating SVGs in the first place)... so please send me feedback! I'm also interested in supporting other export formats other than AnimatedVectorDrawable... send me feature requests!

Live version: https://alexjlockwood.github.io/ShapeShifter/
README.md: https://github.com/alexjlockwood/ShapeShifter


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👷‍♀️👷🏻 I’ve released a new Chrome extension today that detects Service Workers in modern websites.

🤔 Why would you want this? If you aren’t into Web development, most probably you wouldn’t. However, if you are into Web development, the extension helps you identify (unexpected) Service Worker registrations in the wild and lets you analyze their code and learn from them.

💡Why would you use this extension and not just the amazing Chrome Developer Tools? The answer is that the extension proactively detects Service Workers before you even have to open the Developer Tools (which you probably eventually will end up doing anyway).

▪️Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/service-worker-detector/ofdigdofloanabjcaijfidkogmejlmjc

▪️Source code: https://github.com/tomayac/service-worker-detector

▪️As an added bonus, the extension has a #DiversityInTech gimmick: https://github.com/tomayac/service-worker-detector/blob/master/README.md#--diversity-in-tech.

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I have attended the World Wide Web conference (#WWW2016) in Montréal, Canada, and wanted to share my learnings in form of a trip report. You can read it online on my blog at http://blog.tomayac.com/2016/04/22/world-wide-web-conference-www2016-trip-report-004735 with fancy embedded tweets and slides and stuff… 🍌
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From Freebase to Wikidata: The Great Migration

This paper by Thomas Tanon, +Denny Vrandečić, +Sebastian Schaffert, +Thomas Steiner (all from Google) and +Lydia Pintscher (Wikimedia), describes the processes and tools used to effect the migration of Freebase to Wikidata, and the challenges and insights that have been encountered on the way.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/research.google.com/en//pubs/archive/44818.pdf

"The two major collaborative knowledge bases are Wikimedia’s Wikidata and Google’s Freebase. Due to the success of Wikidata, Google decided in 2014 to offer the content of Freebase to the Wikidata community. In this paper, we report on the ongoing transfer efforts and data mapping challenges, and provide an analysis of the effort so far. We describe the Primary Sources Tool, which aims to facilitate this and future data migrations. Throughout the migration, we have gained deep insights into both Wikidata and Freebase, and share and discuss detailed statistics on both knowledge bases."

While much of this may be too technical for some, I do recommend everyone reads at least the first couple of pages, as in them one will find extremely concise and useful descriptions of Freebase, Wikidata, and the rationale for migrating from the former to the latter.

#freebase #wikidata #knowledgebases


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I've been playing with this new plug-in for Google Sheets, created by Thomas Steiner of Google.  Seems like it could be useful if trying to identify "SameAs" values.  You can even see how many pages views Wikipedia topics get.

More about the tool here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.02506v1.pdf

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