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Toolsday

Toolsday is a 20-ish-minute podcast hosted by Una Kravets & Chris Dhanaraj. Toolsday is about the latest in tech tools, tips, and tricks on Tuesdays at 2! (Our alliteration game is so strong).

73: CSS Blocks

June 12, 2018

Chris Epstein comes on the show to give us the rundown of the upcoming tool, CSS Blocks

72: CSS in JS

May 29, 2018

CSS in JS – is it good, is it bad? Una and Chris discuss this still unresolved debate.

71: CUBS #4: D3

May 15, 2018

We're back with another CUBS episode! This week Chris and Una try to build data visualizations with D3.

In today's episode, we talk about JavaScript's animation in transition libraries which we shortened down to interactions....or libraries

This episode features the great [Jason Lengstorf](https://twitter.com/jlengstorf) and we're talking about Gatsby!

68: Houdini

April 3, 2018

This episode features Una getting overly hyped about Houdini: the future of writing CSS via web worklets.

67: Tomorrow's Browser

March 20, 2018

What's coming up for web browser API's and standards? This week we talk about the in-progress JavaScript and CSS features we can't wait to see supported!

Today we're learning about Netlify and joining us is the incredible Phil Hawksworth to share his tips and tricks around it all.

65: Exploring Serverless

February 20, 2018

This week we start off exploring a serverless tutorial by Sarah Drasner, and then split off and discuss the serverless phenomena at large.

64: Stylus

February 6, 2018

This week we explore the pros and cons of Stylus: the hipster CSS preprocessor written to work smoothly with JavaScript.

2017 in Review

January 2, 2018

It's time to wrap up the year and welcome 2018. So in this episode, Chris and Una go over their favorite tools and apps from 2017!

CUBS #3: Preact CLI

December 12, 2017

CUBS is back with an episode on the Preact CLI! Chris and Una try it out for their own projects and discuss.

Data Visualizations

November 8, 2017

We take a quick look through the different graphing and svg libraries you can use to build your own data visualizations

CUBS #2: Slackbots

September 27, 2017

This week, Chris and Una take on the challenge of extending Slack (the messaging system) with their own bots!  

CUBS: Electron

September 20, 2017

Electron.js lets you build desktop apps using web technologies. It’s pretty rad! In the first episode of our new CUBS series, we explore Electron ourselves!

Web Animation API

August 29, 2017

This week we have Rachel Nabors teaching us all about the future of the Web Animations API!

Headless Chrome

August 22, 2017

This week, we’re wrapping our heads around Headless Chrome with Tim Holman!

Digital Nomading

August 15, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what its like to live and work around the world, this is the show for you. This week we talk to Nicole Dominguez about running her own business as a digital nomad.

NPX

August 9, 2017

This week we talk with the awesome Kat Marchán about her new tool NPX and how it can improve your NPM workflow.

RxJS

August 1, 2017

This week we talk getting started with RxJS and its data streaming possibilities with David Khourshid.

Writing

July 18, 2017

This week we discuss writing! An essential tool to get your voice heard and work seen in the dev community.  

CSS Variables

July 5, 2017

CSS variables are so freaking useful and their fast adoption has us more than excited. In this short episode, we discuss implementation and some use cases.

Design Systems Revisted

June 28, 2017

What happens when our shiny design system has its first birthday? Chris and Una discuss lessons learned from their years in the field

GraphQL

May 24, 2017

Tune in this week to hear us ford through unfamiliar waters as we tackle GraphQL! We go through why you should get excited about this new way of dealing with APIs.

Data Sketches

May 17, 2017

Live from JSConf.EU, we speak with Nadieh Bremer & Shirley Wu about their incredible data sketches project and their experiences with data visualization.

We blast through our top four tips, tricks, tools, and things to optimize your website for peak performance. 

Hardware

April 25, 2017

We talk with Suz Hinton about how to write software interconnected with physical objects. How cool is that wizardry!?

CSS Grid

March 28, 2017

Everyone’s talking about CSS Grid—the latest spec to surface in modern browsers. Listen up on why its so great!

VR

March 15, 2017

What's super trendy in tech right now? Virtual Reality. We break it down this week at SXSW.  

Gifv

March 8, 2017

We talk to Jason Ormand about gifv! The latest in image performance technology. No, but really, it's pretty cool 

Git

March 1, 2017

Git is something we use every day—this week we talk about some tools, tips, and tricks to make it better.

Windows

February 15, 2017

What is Windows up to these days? Una and Chris give you the down low of developing on this operating system in 2017!

Webpack 2

February 2, 2017

This week we sit down and talk with Sean Larkin about newly released Webpack 2! ES6 modules, tree-shaking, and more fun things in this episode.

CSS in JS

January 24, 2017

CSS in JS: is it the next big thing? We break down some techniques with Glen Maddern.

Discovered in 2016

January 10, 2017

Every year introduces new tools. We recount our favorite discoveries from 2016.

Animation Tools with Sarah

December 20, 2016

This week we learn about animation in UI: basics, libraries, performance considerations, and more with Sarah Drasner

Fitness Tools

November 22, 2016

We care about you! This week we talk about tools that can help you stay healthy and productive.  

Images!

November 15, 2016

This week's episode is full of image optimization tooks, formats, and some fun facts about images!

We rapid fire through our top eight Chrome extensions

Conference Talks

November 1, 2016

Chris interviews Una on her experience as a conference speaker and how you can become one too!

Visual Studio Code

October 25, 2016

We stray off the beaten road of Atom and Sublime, and instead discuss our new favourite editor, Visual Studio Code, and our top five extensions for it.

State of Javascript

October 18, 2016

We’re back! With an overview of what people have been talking about lately: the abundance of tools in web development.  

Conference Talks

August 30, 2016

We highlight thirteen conference talks that dazzled us, inspired us, and drove our careers forward

Travel Tools

August 23, 2016

After a short hiatus, Toolsday returns with CSS Wizardry himself, Harry Roberts, to talk about travel.

Travis CI

August 3, 2016

In today's episode we're joined by Mathias Meyer to talk about Travis CI

Standards and Linters

July 20, 2016

What’s the “correct” way to write code? We can’t say for sure, but these standards and linters can. This week we explore the options.

CSS Frameworks

July 12, 2016

CSS frameworks / design systems/ pattern libraries — so many names, so little time! We revisit the topic with so much more knowledges.

Our Hardware!

June 21, 2016

We chat about how we use completely different hardware to do our work

Firefox Dev Tools

June 15, 2016

We had Helen Holmes, UI designer of Firefox Dev tools to teach us some tricks we didn't know existed!

The Variety Show

June 7, 2016

The tools we love and use that we forgot or just didn't fit into any other category.

Service Workers

May 17, 2016

We poke around, ruminate, and explore Service Workers.

Offline-first

May 10, 2016

How can we make sure people are able to access data on poor connections? Hear about offline-first this week with Hoodie's Gregor Martynus.

System Tools

May 4, 2016

Some of the things you'll need to set up a MacBook from scratch, and some fun quirks that will make your life easier day to day.

Top 10 Tools

April 19, 2016

For our 20th episode, we do a recap of our favourite tools that we use everyday.

Web Accessibility

April 12, 2016

This week we talk about web accessibility concerns — what the heck all those acronyms are, and how to test for compliance.

(Mostly CSS) Animation

March 29, 2016

Animation brings the web to life! Today we talk about (mostly CSS) animation — how it works, tools, and resources.

Unit Testing

March 22, 2016

Today we discuss JavaScript unit testing with ColbyCheeze! Learn about spying, stubbing, and mocking this week.

Game Engines

March 8, 2016

Achieved in CryEngine 3 — wait no, Unity, wait no, Phaser?

CSS Layout

March 1, 2016

This week we're talking CSS layout — from CSS 1 to current best practices to what's coming down the pipeline.

Performance Profiling

February 16, 2016

We all agree performance testing is important, but how do you track it over time? This week Taylor Jones tells us how.

Static Site Generators

February 9, 2016

There are 412 options for static site generators. This week we discuss (mostly three) of them.

Solved by ES6 (ES2015)

February 2, 2016

We picked our top five ES6/7/2015/2016 upgrades and talk about how they make our lives so much easier.

Express & Middleware

January 19, 2016

Our guest Jon Ballands chats with us about the IBM Swift Sandbox, and building it with Node & Express.

Ember

January 12, 2016

With frameworks being so hot right now, we talk to Iheanyi Ekechukwu about Ember

React

January 5, 2016

This week we talk about React and why it's so darn hard to get started with!

Chrome DevTools

December 22, 2015

Chrome DevTools is the topic of the week, which we've simply deemed "awesome".

CSS Processors

December 15, 2015

This week's episode is about the past, present and future of CSS Pre and Post-processors.

Remote Collaboration

December 8, 2015

Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Let's talk about remote collaboration and the tools that make it possible.

Developer Environment

November 24, 2015

Sublime or Atom? Wait, WEBSTORM? We talk about our favourite developer environment tips and tricks.

Styleguides at Scale

November 17, 2015

We discuss the challenges of creating scalable styleguides with guest Brian Han

Learning Tools

November 3, 2015

College? Where we're going, we don't need college (or do we?).

Module Loaders

October 27, 2015

We'll talk about modules and module loaders! Everything from AMD to common.js and spend a bit of time going over Browserify and Webpack.

Task Runners

October 20, 2015

Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli, Brunch, Mimosa, oh my! So many task runners, so little time. In this weeks episode, we explore each of these delectable breakfast items/task runners.

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