The importance of surveillance

Beg your pardon?

When I first started working on the interwebs, a whole 5 years ago I still used an iPod, had a phone that could do little more than call and send text messages (it did have a calculator…) and watched TV on a huge black cube that weighed more than 1 tonne.
Does that seem like a long time ago? If you remotely like techy stuff, it should seem like an eternity.

I don’t have time

What should I?

I have to admit, when I first started, I only occasionally looked at new stuff and new techniques. My excuse at the time was that my agency still supported IE6, so why waste time doing fancy CSS stuff (p + p / nth-child / etc).

Ok, good point, where should I look?

Well to be completely honest, everywhere. You should start with googling your subject of predilection. An RSS reader is an excellent tool to have. I was a regular user of Google Reader (R.I.P.) and mourned its death for months before finding a new kid who has since gone on to do great things. Feedly. I have pinned a tab in Chrome for Feedly and also have it on my phone (I don’t have a tablet…). It’s a great way to centralize your research.

All things web

Code / Tutorials / Inspiration

Relaxation

Where do you stock all that shiny new info?

Good question. I don’t really have an answer to that one. At the agency, we use Yammer, which is kind of like a closed off facebook for you and your colleagues. Everytime we find something cool, we post it on Yammer using tags, to make finding it again a little easier. But it’s not perfect, it means using yet another service and so not everyone plays the game, and certainly after a while, most people have stopped using it.

In conclusion

Optimize your time, look in the right places, learn stuff, share it, save it and more importantly try and use it if you can, because stuff that is not supported across browsers today will be tomorrow.

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Neil Appleton

Neil Appleton

I’m a Senior Frontend Developer and newly certified Scrum Master. I love learning new things!!