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Blocking Analytics Spam

Google Analytics is great for gathering data on who uses your web application, but becomes worthless if spam sessions start infesting your data. Here's how we've tried to combat the problem for oddbird.net.

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Serializing Things for Celery

Transmitting objects between web processes and worker processes is a requirement of many modern web apps. Given that the safest way to do so is to use a serialization format that only includes primitive data types, how can we send custom objects around?

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Code Patterns & Style Guides

Living Style Guide documentation on the web is a difficult problem, gaining a lot of attention in the last few years. Let's take an in-depth look at one way to store patterns directly in Sass, and generate documentation automatically.

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Get Started with Design: 4 Useful Tools & Tutorials

So you'd like to start learning design, but the number of tools and tutorials available is overwhelming. Where do you start? I recommend Paper for sketching out UX ideas, Practice Code Theory for People Who Code to generate color palettes and learn color theory, Choosing the Right Font: A Practical Guide to Typography on the Web as an introduction to typography, and Adobe Experience Design for UX prototyping.

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Color Theory for Coders

If you write code and you want to delve into design, Natalya Shelburne's Practical Color Theory for Coders will get you up and running with a beautiful, cohesive, and accessible color palette using Sass color functions, and teach you why her palettes work so well, all at the same time.

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Tips and Tools We Love

We wanted to show some love to a few great tools we use to get us through our work days. Do you have any to add to our list?

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Generating Code Documentation for Polyglot Projects

Code documentation is ideally written as close to the actual code as possible, but compiled into a comprehensive set of documentation that includes code from all languages in use. Here's how we intend to do that.

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Server-Side Rendering For Client-Side Apps

We want the convenience of a client-side single-page application using our MV* framework of choice, but don't want to sacrifice the SEO and UX benefits of rendering the initial markup on the server. And while we're not here to trash on Node.js, we're also not ready to commit to an all-JavaScript tech stack. Here's our attempt to have the best of both worlds, all the while keeping duplication of logic or code between the front-end and back-end worlds to a minimum.

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CSSDay 2016 Recap

CSSDay was held in sunny Arizona on December 3, 2016. The conference is geared towards front-end developers who want to dive deeper into advanced CSS topics.

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Birds Recommend: Performant Parallaxing with CSS 3D

If you'd like to learn how to create parallax scrolling for your website, Paul Lewis' guide to performant parallaxing is the perfect place to start.

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