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Smashing Book #4

I started the book last weekend and here I am compiling the interesting/important/new points here for every chapter (though they have a nice closing up/conclusion of every chapter). 1- Modern CSS Architecture and Front-End Development Naming Convention BEM (Block-element-modifier) 2- Writing Maintainable, Future-Friendly Code  Write code which can be used after 100 years (Really!) Love this line for the people who hate to use libraries and frameworks (yes they exist!) ‘You aren’t adding value to your business or application by constantly rewriting low-level utilities. Using third-party components frees you up to focus on the true value you can provide to your users.’  Different JS libraries and frameworks comparison. Why to use one and how to select one (among backbone.js, Ember.js etc etc.). Structural understanding: http://www.slideshare.net/nzakas/scalable-javascript-application-architecture Why there is a need of style guide for Developers. Importance of documentation and some best practices.  4- Culture of Performance  Problem: Make it fast turns into Make it work. webpagetest.org for test performance comparison(to convince people to think before starting a project) Performance budget before starting to code. Web debugging proxy tools: Charlsproxy (http://www.charlesproxy.com), Fiddler17 Brad Frost has said, “You can’t mock up performance in Photoshop.” ImageOptim and ImageAlpha Image optimisation (to test) Fake it until you make it Perform […]
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Books

Research on ‘which book’ http://astore.amazon.com/stanford-hci-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=1 http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2013/01/23/top-10-best-usability-ux-and-design-books-you-should-read/ coursera.org resouces list for HCI course   After looking around here is my list of books which I will read (some of them already did). The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. Smashing UX Design: Foundations for designing online user experiences by Jesmond Allen and James Chudle Client Centric Web Design by Paul Boag   Blog to follow http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/  
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Dive into UX

After reading the ways of entering into UX , here is my checklist   Increase knowledge though Books and blogs Tools (basic designing tools, basic prototyping tools)  Follow industry’s master minds (through twitter,blogs etc)  Experiment ideas(successful/failure both) in the form of prototyping Present it (through blogs, tweets) Follow companies where you can have chance to do internship (ASK them) Do volunteer work Do junior position/assisting someone After some time (from months to years) , start sharing what you learnt through the journey. It is my journey.I have touched almost every step in the checklist already but need to go into every detail now. In my next posts, I will give details of each step.
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BREAK INTO THE UX INDUSTRY AS A NON-DESIGNER

While reading and searching for the easiest and quickest ways of getting into UX totally , I found many very interesting posts exactly what I was looking for.   Here are the links of them,best at the top. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672597/11-rules-for-great-ux-design-adapted-from-an-original-mad-man   http://ux.walkme.com/the-top-ways-to-break-into-the-ux-industry-as-a-non-designer/   http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2011/10/18/how-to-get-started-in-user-experience-seven-tips/   http://userexperience.evantageconsulting.com/2009/11/getting-started-user-experience-design/   Lesson Learned:  ‘learning by doing it’  
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Everything which you want to do,  needs a start, so I started to blog yay! After years of thinking, I decided ‘just do it’ , so I did it without thinking. So if you are stuck with something ‘Do it/Don’t do it’ , stop thinking and ‘just do it’.  
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