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Live Element Lists vs Static Ones, Why document.getElementsByClassName is different to document.querySelector(‘.className’) : Bitesize JS

Bitesize Javascript series I was working on a bug in our code base with a colleague, when he noticed something strange about the behaviour of document.getElementsByClassName. In our code base it had been implemented as if it acted like document.querySelector,…..

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Document.documentElement: BiteSize JS and web performance

I was recently advised to use Document.documentElement when querying the DOM to get the html element. This came about because I was refactoring an old code base to swop JQuery for vanilla JS. Doing this I saw: $(‘html’) This is…..

The future of google's AMP technology. Javascript off the main thread?

The Future of AMP : JavaScript which doesn’t block the main thread?

At ComparetheMarket.com we are constantly optimising the speed of our site. We were an early adaptor of Google’s AMP technology, sold on the mobile page speed win’s it promised. Due to how early we were in using this technology we…..

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How to connect to the MOZ API with a C# Application

An API is basically just a website. A website which only contains data (usually in the form of JSON), no html, CSS or java-script. To call MOZ‘s API we have to make up a URL string which will be posted to the MOZ server. The server…..

How to set up a virtual machine on your mac

A virtual machine is essentially a new machine on your current one. A new environment (area(in memory)) which is separate to your current. Why would one do this you ask? Simplezz, to create a windows operating system on a mac…..

Am I good enough to learn to code? What is the best way to learn it? What I learnt from 4 months at a coding bootcamp

Am I good enough to learn to code? What I learnt from 4 months at a coding bootcamp.

I fantasized about learning to code for years. When I finally decided to take the plunge I thought the best way to do it would be through a bootcamp. I had taught myself growth hacking and doing this alone, with no-one to…..