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Optimizing Ghost for Speed

Optimizing Ghost for Speed

I recently decided to try Ghost, a relatively new, open-source blogging platform (you're viewing the outcome right now). The selling point was two-fold. For one, Ghost is coded in Javascript, namely Node.js. With my recent Javascript immersion it's a natural fit. Secondly, I want to focus on writing... not…

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A Guide to CSS Transitions in AngularJS

A Guide to CSS Transitions in AngularJS

Animated elements are extremely useful in modern user interfaces and utilized by nearly every web and mobile app these days. Typically an animation would be triggered by hovering-over or clicking an element. With Angular, the options for animating elements become endless, and its probably easier than you think to get…

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Freelancing in the Wild West

Freelancing in the Wild West

Last week I wrote about some of the many great tech start-ups (and businesses) I recommend to friends looking for work in Bozeman. Included in the mix were a few options for remote work, like Remotive.io, StackOverflow Careers and several other job boards dedicated to remote positions. Working remotely…

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Tech for Transplants

Tech for Transplants

Over the past year the following question has come up several times: I'm thinking of moving to Bozeman, which tech companies/start-ups do you recommend? More often than not the question comes from someone involved in tech. Bozeman Tech Startups Over the past 2 years I've developed a shortlist of…

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Building a 'Perfect' Site - Part II

Building a 'Perfect' Site - Part II

A few months ago I set out to build a 'perfect' site in the eyes of Google's PageSpeed tool. The results were better than expected, with the site scoring a near perfect score on several website speed tests. The site, SidecarMT.com is a simple example with only 2 pages…

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Building a 'Perfect' Site

Building a 'Perfect' Site

Fast and optimized pages lead to higher visitor engagement, retention, and conversions. With countless studies showing the benefits of a fast site, speed has become a core metric when analyzing a site or app. A study from KISSmetrics discovered a mere 1-second delay increases page abandonment significantly and can cause…

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Setting Up a React.js Sandbox

I’ve become a huge fan of easier, more efficient ways to setup development sandboxes. The ability to quickly setup a development sandbox can save hours when it comes to experimenting with new features. As I’ve been diving deeper into React.js one feature that has really helped is…

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LiveReload for Better Javascript Workflow

Learning to code is like learning any other craft, the right tools and workflows can make all the difference. Three weeks ago I became a student at Hack Reactor, a 12-week immersive coding program focused on full-stack Javascript development. Prior to class I had only superficial knowledge/experience with Javascript,…

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