32 Handy Google Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Watching the browser wars unfold has been interesting. Mozilla Firefox was possibly the king only a few years ago, whereas now it seems Google Chrome has taken much of their market shares. For those who use Chrome it may have some bugs but ultimately runs much quicker and scales better than Firefox.

And while Mozilla has an Extensions gallery, Google has launched an extensions gallery side-by-side with Chrome. In here developers are able to create small browser extensions and tie into 3rd party APIs for some magnificent features. The installation process is simple, efficient, and leaves you begging for more.

Web developers should be especially interested in Google Chrome as they strive for perfection in browser testing. Scaling your website between the many browsers today is difficult. Luckily Chrome is one of the better software partners out there, and in celebration I’ve collection 32 extensions specifically targeted towards web developers. Install a few see what you think, and please offer any extensions you’ve personally found in the comments section!

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Minimalist Design: A Brief History and Practical Tips

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Minimalist design is one of the most significant design movements of the 20th century and early 21st century. It isn’t the flashiest, or the most popular, but it arguably penetrated more fields than almost any other art or design trend. Everything from user interfaces, to hardware designs, to cars, to films and games, to the web and visual designs of today – all those fields and more were influenced by minimalism.

Your friends might not know what minimalism is, but chances are they’re currently using or viewing a minimalist design: a modern phone, a clean web or application interface, looking at a slick brochure or other graphically-presented information, sitting in a simple living space on a sleek sofa, and so forth.

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20 Big and Highly Detailed Icon Sets

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Icons come in all shapes and sizes. While the clean and minimalist style is better suited for applications and navigation menus, those highly detailed icons can sure add some eye-candy to your designs.

In fact, a lot of the icons in this post are so detailed that they could be used as feature rather than to complement say an interface or an application menu. I hope you enjoy the showcase. Feel free to chime in and leave a comment at the end of this post.

Modernizing Scripts Every Web Designer and Developer Should Use

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Web development keeps getting better – there are more increasingly-standardized tools like HTML5 and CSS3, and their features let web designers and developers create advanced and good-looking websites more easily.

But some browsers – mainly Internet Explorer version 6, 7, and 8 – don’t support many of these features, like border-radius, gradients, text-shadow, transparency, CSS animations and transitions, and so forth…

Hosted vs. Self-Hosted Blog Solutions – Pros and Cons

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There’s never been a better time to start or upgrade your blog. The tools available are fully-featured, polished solutions that make getting a professional and robust blog up and running ridiculously easy. Like, seriously – some of this stuff would’ve blown the minds of web developers in the ’90s.

But with so many options, which should you choose? This article will focus on the pros and cons of some of the most popular blog solutions: Self-hosted WordPress vs. Squarespace vs. WordPress.com.

Great CSS Techniques to Enhance Web Typography

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We all have our techniques for obtaining a great combination of readability and design. Many designers like to fine-tune the font stacks and sometimes add a nice shadow to bring text to life.

Others like to take typography to a different level and use anti-aliasing tools and such to get a sharp clean result. Whichever method you decide upon, there are some great CSS techniques to enhance web typography without running the whole nine miles.