Ryan DeBeasi

Boston, MA Independent Consultant @ ryandebeasi.com Joined almost 6 years ago

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  • Posted to Relate: A visual development environment for designing web interfaces. (preview release), in reply to Eden Vidal , Jul 22, 2019

    Sent! :)

    Thank you for the thoughtful and super interesting reply!

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  • Posted to Relate: A visual development environment for designing web interfaces. (preview release), Jul 19, 2019

    This looks awesome! A few questions:

    • I noticed a GitHub link on your homepage. It goes to an organization with no repos. Are you planning to open-source part or all of Relate?
    • Tools like Alva and react-sketchapp treat code as the "source of truth" for a design system and pull it into design tools. (See Painting with Code for more context.) Is Relate intended to be the "source of truth" for a design system, or is there a two-way sync that can "push to" and "pull from" code?
    • Where do you think the "source of truth" for a design system should live? The design tool, the code, the docs - maybe someplace else entirely?

    There's so much innovation happening in design system tooling right now. Relate looks like a really cool addition, and I can't wait to see how it evolves!

    1 point
  • Posted to Where to purchase dozens (or hundreds) of old cell phones / tablets?, Jul 16, 2019

    eBay seems to have some sellers that sell used phones and tablets in bulk. Try searching for something like "Lot of Smartphones" or check the Cell Phone Wholesale category.

    The installation sounds cool - good luck!!

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  • Posted to Best App for Keeping Notes, Jun 04, 2019

    I really like https://fromscratch.rocks/. It's not as full-featured as Evernote or even Keep, but it's super simple for quickly jotting down ideas.

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  • Posted to 1 week into my new job and I'm thinking about quitting., Apr 11, 2019

    "from Steven Lamar, CDO of Apple"

    Hm... Is this a a pen name or a subtle Apple satire? Both?

    4 points
  • Posted to Soverin: An honest email service that doesn’t sell your data, May 07, 2015

    Cool - I love seeing products that put the user's privacy first!

    I'd be interested to see how this service compares with https://www.fastmail.com/, which is the great granddaddy of paid email services.

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  • Posted to CloudApp and Droplr alternatives, Mar 25, 2015

    https://screencloud.net/ is also pretty nice. It can integrate with Dropbox and a bunch of other services. It's cross-platform and free.

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  • Posted to Disabling hover interaction on iOS for better UX, in reply to Grzegorz Ciwoniuk , Feb 18, 2015

    I hate to be Captain Buzzkill, but technically Modernizr.touch and ontouchstart indicate support for touch events, not necessarily a touch screen. There are lots of cases where the user isn't using a touchscreen, but those properties are true anyway. More info: https://github.com/Modernizr/Modernizr/issues/548

    This is admittedly a pretty lame limitation. The good news is that with CSS4, you'll be able to use media queries to see whether the user's input device supports hover. Until then, styling stuff based on Modernizr.touch will work most of the time, but be prepared for some false positives.

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  • Posted to how do I build a website without any CMS? any idea for a guideline? , Feb 17, 2015

    I've been using CodeKit's .kit format, along with the grunt-codekit compiler. (You could of course use CodeKit for Mac OS instead of Grunt.) This format gives you includes, partials, and variables. That's about all it does.

    If you just need the basics - or if you want something that you can slot into an existing Grunt/CodeKit workflow - the Kit format is pretty handy.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Self-Taught Developer and Entry-Level Jobs?, Jan 21, 2015

    I started off in tech support. I had some experience teaching myself programming and building websites for local organizations, but had never worked as a developer full time.

    I was lucky enough to find a boss who gave me lots of room to grow and a team that was kind enough to share what they knew and to be patient with gaps in my knowledge. Over the course of a couple of years, I transitioned into a mostly-development role. With that experience, I was able to make the jump to a front-end dev role at an agency.

    So, my advice would be to not worry too much about finding the coolest startup or the fanciest title. Instead, look for someplace that will give you opportunities to grow and to hone your craft - someplace with a mix of support and freedom.

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