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Louis Lazaris
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I'm not a front-end developer, but I play one in real life.
I'm not a front-end developer, but I play one in real life.

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If you're interested, I've put all the JavaScript tips from Web Tools Weekly in an e-book that you can buy for $5:

http://www.impressivewebs.com/javascript-dom-tips-tricks-techniques-ebook/

Of course, all that content is available for free in the archive, but the e-book includes EPUB and MOBI formats, if you want to read it offline on a tablet or something.

Here's the latest issue with the details and some more cool tools for front-end developers:

http://webtoolsweekly.com/archives/issue-85/
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I wrote a post introducing some cool libraries that use HTML5's Web Audio API → http://www.sitepoint.com/5-libraries-html5-audio-api/

Definitely check out the one used for pedals.io.
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For those who don't know yet, my latest project is a weekly newsletter (that's new, huh?) for front-end developers that's focused on tools:

http://webtoolsweekly.com/

I hope it will fit in nicely with the rest of the weeklies/dailies/monthlies. First issue should be sent out some time next week.
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A brand new study on the potential negative effects of a desk job. Here's a quote:

"A growing body of research is finding that sitting down for extended periods may be one of the most dangerous things we do and that the mere act of standing up - rather than doing physical exercise - is perhaps the best antidote."

http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/stand-up-for-your-health-1.1481627#.UUolxRzqnh4

And if you like that, then you also might be interested in this article I wrote a while back:

http://www.impressivewebs.com/health-tips-for-web-developers/
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Seems there's been some good criticism regarding image sliders and carousels lately:

http://www.nngroup.com/articles/auto-forwarding/
http://bradfrostweb.com/blog/post/carousels/

And there's also this older post:

http://conversionxl.com/dont-use-automatic-image-sliders-or-carousels-ignore-the-fad/

That last one has a ton of good quotes and links to other articles, so well worth checking out.
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Wow, here's a new view of JavaScript and the web platform. Check out this comment posted on this infoworld article:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/html5/mark-zuckerbergs-opinion-of-html5-meaningless-202460#comment-653311424

Part of it says:

"Javascript SUCKS as a programming language. There isn't one redeeming quality about it. If you use it in a team or inherit code you're almost always going to have crap. Variables with multiple values in it and functions that return different types because the developer thought it was a good idea."

I don't know if I have the technical ability to respond to that. Anyone have any thoughts/retorts?
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So, do mainstream news sources have our best interests at heart? You be the judge:

Look at the following study, dated June 26, 2012:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22733000

The results are explained in the following sources, among others:

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/research/full.php.en?nid=8552&tnid=8552
http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/evil-fizzy-drinks-play-havoc-health-092358872.html
 
And it was even picked up by a tabloid:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2181290/Having-seen-evidence-I-dont-touch-fizzy-drinks-Frankly-theyre-evil.html

But what about CNN, NBC, ABC, etc? I can't find a single mainstream North American-based news source that reports on these major findings with regards to soft drink intake.

Even BBC News doesn't seem to have anything on this.

It's pretty obvious that they're happy to report fluffy gossip and other irrelevancies, and are pressured to avoid stories like this that would be hurting their sponsors (i.e. the very ones making the poisonous drinks that are blasted in those articles).
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