Scrape the Web with scrapestack (Sponsored)

I first grew to love Firefox not as a web developer but as user, and what drew me to this amazing new browser was its add-on ecosystem. The add-on I used the most? Web scrapers. Piracy had just hit mainstream and I also need imagery and documentation to create my first websites. Scrapers were the most valuable add-ons ever! These days writing scrapers, even as a seasoned software engineer, is a nightmare. Storage, CAPTCHA, DDOS/Proxies…to protect our sites we’ve killed the generic scraper on a large scale level. These days…

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How to Use JPEG 2000 (JP2) for a Faster Images on iPhone (Sponsored)

Images Slow Down Websites Images slow down the page-loading performance of many websites. Audit tools like Google’s Lighthouse can quickly tell you how many seconds you can save by optimizing your images. When you are delivering to desktops or android devices running Chrome browser, a quick solution is to convert your images to WebP. This can save up to 80% in your image payload.  Accelerating Apple Safari Users But what about Apple iPhones or iPads or any laptop running Safari browser? For many companies or organizations, Apple devices can make…

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Get Total Address Information with Geocode API (Sponsored)

Getting address information is vitally important. Whether shipping a package, tailoring a user experience to location, or using that data to help localize language on a website, getting location information wrong can lose a sale or brake feature. Let’s take a look at an API I recently found which helps me get all the detailed geolocation information I need: Geocode API. Quick Hits Useful for verifying addresses, using data to calculate shipping rates, and mapping Provides detailed data but very easy to use Get address data for anywhere in the…

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Grab a .DEV Domain from Hover! (Sponsored)

I can say that the biggest and best changes in my professional life came from starting this blog — it was the springboard for conference speaking, open source, and joining Mozilla. I’ve always urged ever developer to have a blog to showcase talent, explore new technology, and to network. What’s the first step in getting started? Buying a domain name! When I created this blog, the number of TLDs was small, so I opted for a .NAME domain. Luckily the TLD listing is much larger now and there’s a special…

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45 Web Tools To Master The Internet (Sponsored)

A big part of our daily jobs is accomplished with much ease and efficiency by using different web tools and services. There is no doubt that for any type of need there is a great solution that is doing its job. In this article, we are reviewed on short 45 web tools and services that will help you master the internet. You will find a professional invoicing solution for freelancers, the best 24 x 7 support for WordPress themes, plugins and errors, the most popular WordPress analytics plugins, WordPress themes,…

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weatherstack: an Amazing Weather API (Sponsored)

One of my first tasks each day is checking the weather; it’s a necessity for knowing what my children and I should wear, if I’m going to need to water the lawn or need to shovel snow, and if I can take meetings out on my patio. It’s also been one of my worst web experiences because Weather.com is slow, difficult to navigate, and plastered with dozens of trackers and advertisements. Luckily I recently discovered an API so I can create my own weather dashboard with the WeatherStack API. Quick…

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Stylish Sites Made Simple with AnyMod (Sponsored)

Amazing-looking websites often have specific patterns, and for a reason — they work. Whether it’s a slideshow, a parallax effect, or more traditional design, there’s a service that makes total designs and widgetry simple: AnyMod allows web experts and beginners alike to create attractive, effective websites with an easy to use interface. AnyMod makes your web development workflow faster.  It helps you save time by quickly adding modules (“mods”) with ready-to-use functionality like CMS & forms.  Then you can live edit them anytime without having to re-deploy. Quick Hits AnyMod…

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Easy Google Search Result API with Zenserp (Sponsored)

No matter how much experience I gain in this industry, one task I continue to fail at is building an accurate, flexible, and maintainable scraper for site search. As soon as sites change their HTML structure, my scrape is borked. When looking to build my own search results page, I looked around and the best solution I found was Zenserp. Zenserp, created by Saas Industries, is an easy to use, logical SERP API for getting customizable Google search results! Quick Hits Rolling your own SERP is verify difficult and impossible…

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