Google Tutorials

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    Custom, Embeddable Site Search with Swiftype

    As hard as we try to make our website navigation and content structure as logical as possible, a large percentage of users would prefer a simple search box to find what they need.  That being the case, we need to ensure that site search is as accurate and...

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    Set Chrome as Default Browser from Command Line

    Whenever I see a desktop GUI to accomplish a given web-related task, I'm dying to know the underlying operating system interaction to accomplish the same feat.  Many of the GUIs I use are just a front for a command line utility for that more experienced developers would use. I set...

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    Use Mozilla Firefox DevTools in Chrome

    I shared on Twitter last week that I do casual browsing in Google Chrome but do most of my development work in Firefox.  I can't give a great reason for doing so but Firefox has seemed like a development "security blanket" since I was in college (over a...

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    Questions for Google AMP

    While writing the article for David Walsh’s blog I had posted a version of the article on Medium to have @cramforce, the lead on Google AMP, answer the questions brought up. Here is a link to the article where he posted those answers: bit.ly/1VCLBr0 As developers...

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    Set Default Browser on Mac

    I like using edge browsers each day so that I'm aware of what features my website visitors will be seeing down the road, and to get an early glimpse at new browser and API features.  I prefer to do my basic browsing in Chrome Canary and...

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    Prevent Chrome from Translating a Page

    A while back I shared my favorite Google Chrome extension:  Google Art Project.  I've enjoyed seeing beautiful art when I open a new tab -- it's brought genuine happiness to my day, however small that happiness may be.  About a week ago, however, the art presented had...

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    Google Art Project – Chrome Extension

    As my career progresses, I see more apps and services which try to invade my space.  Notifications, emails, alerts...everyone wants a piece of me.  And I'll level with you:  they drive me mad.  I want the least amount of interruptions as possible and I want the...

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    JavaScript Battery API: Promises

    Working at Mozilla has afforded me the time to look at new APIs, one of them being the Battery API.  I wrote about the Battery API a while back, when the API was fresh into browsers.  Since then the Battery API has changed, implementing a promise-based...

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    Font Smoothing in Webkit and Firefox

    I don't pretend to be a typography or design expert -- I just know what looks good and what doesn't.  A few years ago I saw a few CSS properties I didn't recognize and when I toggled them on and off, the text went from beautiful to...not...

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    Remove UTM Parameters from URLs

    If you've ever worked on a social media campaign, you're probably familiar with the UTM tracking pieces of a URL which allow you to tie visits and pageviews with a given campaign.  They're a marketing person's dream but ugly for end users to look at.  And if you don't want your statistics...