Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.
Podcast: Andy Budd, CEO At Clearleft (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Intercom co-founder Des Traynor chats with Clearleft CEO and design thought leader Andy Budd. Andy explains why young startups tend to prioritize development over design, the role designers will play in the new world of voice and chat-based UIs, and much more.”
9 Ways To Look Smart At Your Next Tech Conference – “The best thing about going to a tech conference is that you can tell everyone you’re going to a tech conference. But while you’re there, it’s important you make a smart impression so people will remember you, or at least wait a few days before throwing away your business card.”
How IoT Can Change The Future Of Farming In Droughts (Thanks to Chris Apple for recommending this article) – “‘The soil moisture sensors let me drastically reduce water usage by telling me when to water and how deep to water to push the salts past the bulk of the rooting zone. The majority of the roots are in the top eight inches of soil so there is a sensor there and one at 24 inches so I can see when I’ve watered deep enough to get the salts out of the rooting zone,’ Bantle states.”
Adding A Custom Inline Route Constraint In ASP.NET Core 1.0 (Thanks to Cassey Lottman for recommending this article) – “ASP.NET supports both attribute routing as well as centralized routes. That means that you can decorate your Controller Methods with your routes if you like, or you can map routes all in one place.”
Why 5 Is The Magic Number For UX Usability Testing (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Any number of factors—the level of refinement of your website, the size of your user base, or likelihood of discovery for a problem—can change your magic number for usability testing drastically. As a baseline, though, 5 is still the golden rule. Limit testing to 5 users and you’ll uncover the majority of problems that plague your website or app, while still keeping your costs low and the process simple.”
Students Are Demanding The Facts About Coding Bootcamps – “Most schools claim nearly 100% graduation and placement rates. But these claims are mostly unverified and just how schools arrive at them largely undisclosed. Prospective students look to outcomes statistics because it’s the only way to gauge their chances for success — bootcamps don’t have decades or centuries of reputations like colleges.”
Fewer Software Companies Are Starting Up Than Anytime In Last Five Years (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “It’s never been easier to start a company. There’s rarely been more money in venture capital. Yet last year we saw the fewest number of new software-as-a-service companies founded since 2011. This year is on track to be even worse.”