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11. Building Mobile Apps and the Future of Web Dev

December 8, 2014

Join Keith and Dain as they talk about building mobile apps and discuss web dev trends.

Also,  the appification of everything, the death of web dev, when web dev becomes art, and a business idea that you probably won’t act on but you should.


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  • Ian VS December 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I was unaware of the 300ms delay until you mentioned it on the show. Then I saw that Zurb Foundation 5 includes a javascript library called fastclick.js which eliminates that delay in most cases (seems to be configurable). Just thought I’d mention it as something worth looking into, I haven’t investigated thoroughly.

    • Keith Monaghan December 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Ian!

      Fastclick.js is a great way to get around the 300ms delay. I found another small library, a really small library, that employs a clever psychological trigger to make it seem just as responsive without adding any appreciable weight to your page. FastActive uses CSS to change your button color immediately on touch. Most people experience lag or slowness as unresponsiveness. FastActive provides immediate feedback that your action has been performed and that stuff is going on behind the scene to fulfill your request. It doesn’t speed up the request but it feels quicker because you see immediate results.

      It’s an interesting discussion about actual speed vs perceived speed. Thanks for bringing up fastclick.js. It’s a great way to overcome the mobile/touch delay.


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