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Creating a Pencil Effect in SVG

March 28th, 2020

Scott Turner, who has an entire blog “Exploring procedural generation and display of fantasy maps”, gets into why vector graphics seems on these surface why it would be bad for the look of a pencil stroke: Something like this pencil stroke would require many tens of thousands of different elements.  Basically each little blob of…

WordPress 5.4 RC5

March 27th, 2020

The fifth release candidate for WordPress 5.4 is live! WordPress 5.4 is currently scheduled to land on March 31 2020, and we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.4 yet, now is the time! You can test the WordPress 5.4 release candidate in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)…

COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response

March 27th, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we’re announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic….

Creating an Editable Site with Google Sheets and Eleventy

March 27th, 2020

Remember Tabletop.js? We just covered it a little bit ago in this same exact context: building editable websites. It’s a tool that turns a Google Sheet into an API, that you as a developer can hit for data when building a website. In that last article, we used that API on the client side, meaning…

Consistent Backends and UX: How Do New Algorithms Help?

March 26th, 2020

In previous articles, we explained what consistency is, the difference between “strong” and “eventual” consistency, and why this distinction is more important than ever to modern application developers. We also introduced the notion of ‘consistency tax’: the extra time and effort that a development team needs to invest if they choose a system with only…

Keeping our network infrastructure strong amid COVID-19

March 26th, 2020

Google’s network supports products that people around the world rely on every day, like YouTube, Search, Maps, and Gmail. It also connects Google Cloud customers to their employees and users. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and more people move to work or learning from home, it’s natural to wonder whether the Google network can handle…

W3C Invites Implementations of Time Ontology in OWL

March 26th, 2020

W3C has republished a Candidate Recommendation of Time Ontology in OWL. OWL-Time is an OWL-2 DL ontology of temporal concepts, for describing the temporal properties of resources in the world or described in Web pages. The ontology provides a vocabulary for expressing facts about topological (ordering) relations among instants and intervals, together with information about…

Chrome and Chrome OS release updates

March 26th, 2020

Cross-posted from the Chrome Releases Blog We previously paused upcoming releases for Chrome and Chrome OS. Today we’re sharing an update as we’re now resuming releases with an adjusted schedule: M83 will be released three weeks earlier than previously planned and will include all M82 work as we cancelled the M82 release (all channels). Our…