University Marketing & Communications

May 2, 2014

Friday link roundup – May 2


It’s Friday! And that means another link round up. Some of the things we’ve discovered this week are a children’s book that teaches kids how to code, 25 tips for building better mobile sites, plus an adorable video of a hamster eating a tiny burrito.


The recently-updated YouTube creator playbook for brands is an invaluable resource for any UW unit with a YouTube channel. This print-friendly guide walks you through how to create, plan and execute a noteworthy YouTube content creation strategy. And for those moments when you need a quick refresher, an advertising agency created this handy simplified version.


I’ve been enjoying the Nielsen Norman Group website lately, which contains tons of good reports and articles about user experience and usability. Jakob Nielsen, a well-known (and sometimes controversial) usability expert, heads up the group and its findings. I especially enjoyed this article about information foraging.


In answer to the heightening demand for programmers, Linda Liukas, a Finland native, wrote a children’s book titled Hello Ruby. The book teaches kids how to code through storytelling – and it is already proving to be a huge success. The Kickstarter is closed for donations now, but it raised a total of $380,747 (its original goal was $10,000). The book is now available on for pre-order.


One new feature in iOS 7 was the introduction of UIViewController transition API. Although not a recent development, it is becoming more popular given the adoption rate of iOS 7. The API allows for completely custom transitions between views. Here’s a great rundown and demo of the API by Ash Furrow.


Google’s 25 rules for building a better mobile site – Some useful tips from Google on building a better mobile website experience.


How about a feel-good tech story to end the week? It’s got it all: Kid saves his family’s house with apps he developed, kid gets called up to the big leagues by Zuckerberg.


Google’s Dart scripting language was recently standardized by an ECMA technical committee. Why is that a big deal? Well there’s this other Web scripting language called ECMAScript that went through that process in the ’90s. It’s also known as “JavaScript.”

When run natively, Dart has been faster than JavaScript since 2012. It was also designed as an object-oriented language. These two facts alone have kept me interested, despite poor browser support for native Dart. Another interesting fact is that vanilla JavaScript performance just caught up to Dart that’s compiled to JavaScript.

Bonus round

Want to end the week with a smile? Just watch this adorable video of a hamster eating a tiny burrito.