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Project Portfolio and Theme Update

The filet mignon of web application portfolios

The filet mignon among portfolios

Look at what I have done!

I published a first version of my project portfolio. Feel free to browse and give me feedback on this!
-> Check out my Portfolio

Updated WordPress Theme

As I was tinkering with WordPress anyway, I switched the appearance of this blog to the awesome Bosco theme

Wordpress Bosco Theme

WordPress Bosco Theme (Source: http://theme.wordpress.com)


I like single column layouts without a sidebar confining the space, but what really made me fall in love with this theme is the gorgeous and clear typography with a high focus on readability.

What I don’t like about the theme though is the red highlight color. So I overwrote some CSS styles and switched to a more orangish color and also added a light background with a shadow around the main column.

Change highlight color of WordPress Bosco theme

If you like this theme too and want to switch the highlight color, you can add these styles in your WordPress admin panel under:

WordPress Admin Panel -> Appearance -> Edit CSS
.main-navigation a, .entry-title a:visited {
	color: black;
}

a, a:visited, a:hover, .main-navigation a:hover, .main-navigation .current_page_item a, .entry-title a:hover {
	color: #FF5E00;
}

.site {
	border-color: #FF5E00;
}

button, input[type=submit], input[type=button], input[type=reset], .menu-toggle:focus {
	background-color: #FF5E00;
}

You might want to replace ‘#FF5E00’ with the color of your choice.

If you also like the background and box-shadow you can also add:

body {
	background-color: #ECECEC;
}
.site {
	box-shadow: 0 0 2px rgba(0,0,0,.12), 0 2px 4px rgba(0,0,0,.24);
}

Cheers!
Sebastian

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News Digest Week 36/37

IFA 2014 in Berlin

Last weekend a couple of colleagues and I went to Berlin to visit IFA 2014 and to attend some events in the Berlin Startup scene.

IFA Berlin Logo

IFA Berlin Logo


Saw nothing completely mindblowing at IFA. TVs and Smartphones get better incrementally. Smartwatches were a little more mature than the year before.
Liked the UI/UX of LG smart TV webOS interface. Way more elegant than the Samsung Smart TV stuff.
Oculus Rift Logo

Oculus Rift Logo


The longest visitor lines could be found everywhere the Oculus Rift was available for testing. Will be interesting how much virtual reality will take off. I believe it could be huge.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Interview at Techcrunch Disrupt


Another event that took place last week was Techcrunch Disrupt SF. I watched a couple of the videos put up by TechCrunch and found the interview with Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick very interesting.
Especially his vision of making Uber cheaper than owning your own car.
Another fascinating part was the economic situation in China, which is filled with taxis, where Tencent and Alibaba battle over the taxi app market by spending tons of money.

iWatch and iPhone 6

Obviously the biggest event in the last two weeks was Apples announcement of the new iPhones, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

The new bigger iPhone is an obvious move to compete with the big premium Android devices.

Apple Pay is very interesting, because it could finally allow NFC payment technology to break into the mainstream. If the consumers get used to this payment behavior this could blaze the path for a lot of even more disruptive things, like paying via Bitcoin.

Finally the watch shows that Apple has the ability to think things more through than the competition. I love the UX solutions for the tiny screen from what I have seen. As an Android guy it will be interesting how Google will react. I will probably wait before buying a smartwatch though, especially because of the low battery life.

Web Dev Ressources: Build a browser engine

Cool blog post series on how to build a simple browser engine by Matt Brubeck. Knowing how browsers parse and render HTML is very interesting for web developers who seek a deeper understanding, especially regarding performance. I already learned a lot from it.
Check it out:
http://limpet.net/mbrubeck/2014/08/08/toy-layout-engine-1.html

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News Digest Week 35 of 2014

This is the first try of a new blog format. The idea is to post up to 5 most interesting things I found during the week with a short commentary, that might interest others as well. Here we go.

1. Functional Reactive Programming in JavaScript

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript Logo

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript Logo


Just the latest buzzword or here to stay as an interesting new programming paradigm?
I don’t know yet, but I really loved this talk about ‘functional reactive prorgamming’ by Bodil Stokke.
It inspired me to play a bit around with The Reactive Extensions for JavaScript library.

Link

What every hipster should know about functional reactive programming

2. Advanced JavaScript Objects

/**
 * @param {string} newType
 */
Product.prototype = {
    /**
     * @return {string}
     */
    get type () {
      return this.prefix_ + ": " + this.type_;
    },
    /**
     * @param {string}
     */
    set type (newType) {
      this.type_ = newType;
    }
};

Very nice write up of the more advanced and often unused Object API features by Bjorn Tipling. Also some forward looks of what will come with ECMAScript 6.

Link

http://bjorn.tipling.com/advanced-objects-in-javascript

3. Amazon buys Twitch

Twitch.tv logo

Twitch.tv logo


Amazon (Jeff “compete with everyone” Bezos) bought Twitch.tv for $970 million in cash this week.
The interesting thing here for me is not how this will play into Amazon’s content or advertising network strategy, but how this shows the rise of e-sports as a more and more serious trend.
For me e-sports is an area currently still super underestimated by the mainstream, that will grow immensely in the next 5-10 years.

Link

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/25/amazon-will-buy-twitch-for-over-1-billion/

4. Craft Beer Seminar

Franconian Craft Beer 'End of World'

Franconian Craft Beer ‘End of World’


On Saturday I had a really good time with friends at a craft beer brew seminar at “Hertl Braumanufaktur” with its passionate 24 year old founder, brew master and beer sommelier ‘David Hertl’.
If you live in the northern bavarian/franconian area or plan to visit, I can highly recommend it 🙂

Links (german only)

https://www.facebook.com/BraumanufakturHertl
https://www.facebook.com/DieBierothek