Rucksack – The New CSS Development Tool

CSS development tool one of the recent humdrum and not just a fun, as it used to be. If that has been what you have found in the last little while, then it is a good idea to turn something new and fresh such as Rucksack. A neat and compact package full of goodies makes CSS development easy.

It is both modular and quick as lightning. Rucksack built of PostCSS and come out with many full-fledged features. Designers and developers want to start using tools right out of the box, and in this case, we see that Rucksack will not disappoint us. It is easy to integrate it into their work without any hassle. Developers are going to find plugins that exist for the majority of build tools.

You can integrate this Rucksack CSS development tool manually with npm module or process the CSS right into the command line.

Here are some of the features that developers might find interesting. Go through the features pointed by the team of developers at our Web Design Services in India.

Options

It is a complete modular tool and lets you turn their features on and off. You can also customize it to your taste. Simply pass on the feature name and a Boolean as soon as you initialize it in your build tool. All features can be set to true by default.

Responsive Typography

You can produce the “automagical” fluid typography thanks to a new, responsive property on the font size. You can get a start is as easy to specify responsive as a font size.

If you want to exercise some control over the font size and you can change the default settings. The most efficient way is to achieve through new shorthand syntax in the font size as well as a new property called font range. The font range is able to identify viewport width between the font size is fluid. Well, out of this range, the font size can be set against the minimum and maximum values.

Well, it is possible to assign specific values like px, rem and em with independent properties. Rucksack responsive typography output complicated calc- and VW-based font sizes. Along with the media queries, you can establish a range between font sizes that is fluid.

Shorthand Positioning

With the use of Rucksack, you will get along with shorthand methods to utilize it by properties such as padding and margin to position your offsets.

Quantity Pseudo-Selectors

In this CSS development tool that will add pseudo-selectors to allow you to pick and style elements as per their quantity. You can utilize them to create powerful, responsive and content-driven designs –

1. :at-least applies if there’s a specific number of items or more
2. :at-most applies if there are a specific number of items or less
3. :between applies to all items inside a specific range
4. :exactly applies if there’s an exact number of items

These quantity pseudo-selectors helps to style elements based on the sibling count.
Property Aliases

Rucksack will allow you to set aliases for long property names and save excessive keystrokes. You just need to add it to the @alias rule in the format (alias): (property);. Well, you can utilize the aliases anywhere including other properties. It is better to have a single @alias rule in a project and specify all aliases in a place.

Input Pseudo-Elements

Rucksacks’ pseudo-elements let you style efficiently the inner elements of HTML5 inputs across browsers. The range input (and the::placeholder when you enable automatic vendor prefixing) is the only element to support. Yet you can add the extra when browser vendor allows access to their UPIs.

You can style the placeholders with the use of the::placeholder pseudo-element. You can apply this to any input element or at style sheet’s roof for global styling.

You will find the range input difficult to style, so you can enable the use of ::track and ::thumb. You can apply these to any range of element or at the style sheet’s root for global styling. You will come across the following declarations—webkit appearance: none; and Moz-appearance: none. You can add relevant elements allowing the custom styles to apply correctly.

Native Clearfix

Rucksack enables the common clear fix methods into native methods within the clear property. It defines itself as the method by which developers make a parent element self-clear so that floats remain.

Here you will find new two new methods to add – fix and fix legacy. You will get the same result, yet possess different degrees of browser support. You need to fix the output of cleaner code that you will require for IE8.

Font src Expansion

Rucksack offers a shortcut method to produce some of the bulletproof src set in @font-face. It includes a new font path and you need to set the path simply to the font files. This will create a src-set output based on the FontSpring syntax.

Hex RGBA Shortcuts

This CSS development tool offers a simple shortcut to add an alpha channel to a hex color. You need to add the hex value to convert it as a substitute to the RGB value.

Easings

You will find a slew of modern easing functions present on Rucksack. Designers and developers can use them both in CSS transitions and animations. Any number of new easing will allow to translate to cubic-bezier () functions on output. You can natively comprehend it.

Legacy Fallbacks

Legacy support on Rucksack because of their easy provision of fallback comes with many properties on an older browser. You can voluntary add-on that you can toggle on and off fallbacks. Opacity is also able to generate a suitable MS filter to accomplish transparency in IE8. RGBA is able to produce a hexadecimal fallback rgba () for

Automatic Prefixing

The developers can easily run the code through the suitable Autoprefixer, which automatically applies to a relevant vendor or you can run them as per current browser popularity and support.

In order to know more how our developers are using it effectively, you need to look at our recent works.

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Mobile App Development – 3 Hot Tips to Build Millennial-Friendly Apps

Hustle bustle on the Whatsapp, playing the Subway Surfers or sending a recent Snap by the Brooklyn Bridge with your new girlfriend on the SnapChat. Millennial mobile are power packed with features and apps, which are real time productive and let them connect the world on the go. This was the fun part, but they also love to do their banking, to submit their education loan, keep a track of their expenses all via full-featured online apps. They are the netizens and not just citizens.

So while designing apps for the millennial you need to remember some essential thing. You need to keep few things in mind while developing the apps.

Whatever platform you might choose to promote your app – iOS or Android you have to remember that your apps must garner gazillion eyeballs and downloads. Therefore, are you thinking to mint a brand new app, and then make it millennial-friendly without any second thoughts?

Who are these millennials?

Millennial are people born in between the early 1980s to the late 1990s, they are the Generation Y, they come just after Gen-X.

Why target milennials?

To make your appear among the top ten you have to acquire 4000 downloads. It is easier to gain downloads if you target the milennials. They are the generation using Smartphones in good numbers. According to a recent survey by Nielsen 85% of the millennials, aged 18-24, owns a Smartphone and 86.2% aged 25-34 own them. Mobile app developers need to target this particular segment of the audience to skyrocket app downloads. You just need to place yourself in their shoes and see what apps you would have preferred using as a millennial. Your app will acquire certain introspection before development.

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Here are the three bright tips to make your apps millennial-friendly –

Convenience is the master key

Apps means convenience, take for example Uber cabs app. you just tap and within no time you get a cab and you are on your way. On above of all, you can pay for the cab directly from the app. if you are a football fanatic then you cannot wait to check out the live scores of a match, so most of the users have Live Score Addicts on the mobile. Find something good to read, you pushed it to Pocket app to give it a read in the spare time.

Millennial love to stay connected on the subway, movie theaters, in the classroom or even in the washroom of a mall. Therefore, you see app increases the user experience by tenfold. So make sure that your app excels to provide a service better than a desktop, TV, voicemails, direct mails or any other conventional medium.

Thinking about the mundane

Get a clear idea of the routine needs of users then build a unique feature around it. Make sure to turn it into the focus of the app. Domino’s for instance was going through a rough phase. Their cheesy products were not able to find no takers. There was an immediate overhaul of their marketing strategy. So they targeted the hungry late night millennial in no time, they build an app around this one particular feature to cater food to the hungry late night milennials. The callers love to order a pizza with a few clicks, and this idea worked and from that day, Domino’s sales never sulked. So is your app mundane?

Avoid build something similar

The app does not get high download if they find similar kind of feature compared to the other, which has something better. Common services provided by an app are not something great downloadable. It would make it to the burial ground in no time. For example, if your app only helps the user locate stores, then they will not download, since they have Google Apps or Apple maps to do it for them and using such maps are easy.

Starbucks made this mistake by making an app to locate their stores exclusively, but it had disaster downloads. So abandon building something common, rather build something unique to target your millennial customers.

Ready to join the mobile app revolution, come seek unique and free consultation with our mobile app developers at Unified Infotech.

Ruby on Rails for Your Website – Good or Bad? – Listen from Team Unified

The Ruby on Rails adventure in Unified Infotech broke a few months back. Well, to be precise it took off a year ago. We had the sales team ready and a great business model, but we were missing the developers. Therefore, to launch the technology side of things we started our interview session and collected some of the best Ruby developers in the market.

However, what actually is Ruby on Rails? And why our website development company is venturing for the same like other companies? Well, we have our DevOps Engineer SNG to speak today on RoR, the recent fascination of Team Unified–

Now, what’s RoR or Ruby on Rails?

SNG: It is just a framework to build websites to make it more affordable to create and maintain, simultaneously offering improved performance and faster development.

When Unified started Rails sites?

SNG: Well, a year back, we have started building rails sites and ever since that, we have successfully created rails sites for our global clientele.

Why we call RoR as the “bang for bucks”?

SNG: As a business owner you get many advantages from RoR as it help you to build a website without compromising on flexibility and performance.

Tell, the brief story behind the framework

SNG: Born in 2003 and fathered by David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), along with a software development firm called Basecamp. The story goes like this – DHH was fed up with the use PHP and Java and though to give up programming and this frustration gave birth to ruby on Rails. It is an open source framework which gives the building blocks to build very own applications. This framework is a collection of shortcuts written in Ruby to build websites faster.

Well, Ruby on Rails is not a programming language, but rather a framework to build websites with the combination of languages such as Ruby, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It covers both front-end and the back-end. This means it will help you to build a cool web application without having to rely on someone else to build the back-end or the front-end. A great thing for the Startups, I must say!

A brief technical overview on RoR

SNG: The Ruby projects implement Model-View-Controller, or MVC. MVC splits up the process to get the information faster to the users.

Model – it holds the data for your web applications such as if you have a list of names and the address you can keep it in the model.

View – It displays the data on what users sees and usually in the form of HTML templates.

Controller – It is just like the coach, the one who calls for the shot. This gets the data from the model and sends it further ahead for the view. The controller allows editing, deleting and reading the data.

If I compare the MVC structure to a shop it may sound like this – The model is the backroom or godown to stock materials. The view is the showroom to display the items and the prices. The controller is the salesperson or the shop’s employee who responds to the customer request of getting the item from the shelf.

How one can get started with Ruby in Rails

SNG: In the last few years while installing the Ruby on Rails, we have come across a number of tools called installers. The most popular among them are RailsInstaller or rubyonrails.org. In both the websites, a developer gets the information and desired files to install Ruby on Rails on the computer. You will get your Hello World app running in no time!

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Now, tell me the benefits of RoR, which the customer might find interesting

SNG: For a business owner, Ruby on Rails enables three large benefits –

1. Have quicker website launch – The sites, which conventionally took 12 weeks to develop, can now reach its goal in 6 to 7 weeks with RoR. It is time-saving since it is based on few lines of redundant code, reusing the existing components rather than building the site from scratch and use of available plugins.

2. Enables easier changes – After you launch a site, the future modifications to your site can be introduced quickly.

3. It is cost-effective – Since the speed with which Rails site can be built, so the business owners get to spend less to create the main website without compromising on the quality, performance, and scalability.

Which industries can benefit from Ruby on Rails?

SNG: Well, Rails is an ideal solution for industries and verticals such as –

E-commerce – The e-commerce sites of today can benefit hugely from the RoR and their user-friendly features and their modular approaches. We also include features that are easily found on the big-level e-commerce sites such as uploads in bulk, updates for products, photos, custom pricing algorithms, on-the-fly photo resizing and more.

Content Management – If you want to build a CMS website to stuff thousands of articles, news, audio files or database-friendly contents, rails cane be a primary solution for you. It allows users with navigate freely with the ease and flexibility to upload and manage the content effectively.

Customized solutions – Most of our clients seek customized solution as per their business need. They require a novel database to support a new business model. In such cases, we find Rails as the ideal partner to build solutions for them at a fraction of cost and time.

What must the developers do to keep Ruby on Rails from sagging?

SNG: Overuse of a technology might die away the interest of the developer to use a technology or framework just as we have enough with PHP and Java, yet they remain the pioneer of the programming world. Similarly, the key philosophy behind Ruby on Rails is not to repeat yourself. Writing code repeatedly is a bad thing, it will be great if you collaborate with other developers for incorporating fresh ideas.

Ruby is able to make assumptions on what you want to do and how. You do not need spend the extra time tweaking every little detail. Ruby comes pre-loaded with out-of-the-box conventions, which help to speed up development.

Well, at the end I can give a quirky tip to all our developer about using Gems, pieces of pre-packaged code that will give you functionality during your development. You do not have to write the code yourself, it’s there done and finished by another talented developer.

In the end…

After a bright conversation on Ruby on Rails over a cup of coffee, it’s time to wrap up. Web application development services like Ruby on Rails for quicker progress from the start. Team Unified has analyzed that they can develop a site faster and with more precision, but without spending excessive time.

For our developers, Ruby on Rails was great to learn and a breath of fresh air professionally. It is extremely popular among our Startup clients because real-world web applications can be created quickly and easily. However, no one knows the future of programming work, but Ruby is growing strong every day and Ruby community shows that clearly.

Google Has a Brand New Logo

Google launched their brand new logo on 1st September 2015, a colorful logo with a custom typeface to complement it, they call it Product Sans.

Just month after the restructuring of the company, Google updated their image also. Though, Google Logo is still a wordmark, but now they are using the geometric sans-serif typeface to make it look more modern and playful. The designers were thinking to evolve something fresh, so it has put a lot more than the sleek design. It is more of a branding effort to create a new typeface to accommodate the company’s new flow or direction. It looks like Roboto font, but the colors are softer and bear a bit more resemblance with Google’s new parent company Alphabet’s wordmark. This update makes the design of the two companies fall in-line.

Google proposed a number of logos before taking the stand for the launch of this ultimate. Just check it out in the image below –

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(Source: TNW News)

Here what Google want to say about their new typeface –

It hails from that old schoolbook letters. However, they have adopted a neutral consistency to incorporate the typeface as a geometric Sans Serif. This has allowed them to maintain an appropriate distinction between Google’s logotype and product name. To quote Google further where they say, “The character set is complete with numerals, punctuation, accent and alternate characters, fractions, symbols, and supports extended Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic.” (Google)

Along with the Product Sans, Google is also able to revamp the experience of the users. You will also find a four-dot animation that will let you know when Google works. They bounce while anticipating spoken direction or query, animate like an equalizer when people speak and rotate in a very Slack-ish fashion when you look for something.

This is a major update from Google in the past 17 years, where Google has extended their reach from just desktop to mobile, tablets, TV, car’s dashboard and smart wear. Catch up the video from Google on the new logo notes, which evolved since created in 1998. Since then the logo just flattened, but the September’s update is a huge leap.

Why Google introduced such a change?

They have not yet settled for the specific reason. Google says in the Official Blog, “Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).”

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New elements such as Google MIC will help you to identify and interact with your in Google whether you talk, tap or type. Even they have said goodbye to blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo. It is now going to be an uppercase “G” striped in all four of Google’s colors. It will soon roll out in all products; in fact, it is already on the Google’s Homepage.

Making the logo appear good across all screens and fit them inevitably. It is now able to display on low-bandwidth connections with only 305 bytes, compared to existing logo of 14,000 bytes.

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Summing up the five probable reasons for the new Google logo launch–

1. After Google shifting under their parent company Alphabet, it seems to resemble in identity with their new and simple logo. It is now easy to draw, easy to see and has less style, but more substance.

2. They aim to blend multiple platforms with a single logo from smartwatches to cars, desktops to mobiles. It is going to fit evenly even on the tiniest screens, thus make the company entail to the power of eminent branding.

3. All about material design means something flat. They get their six-character point with simple strokes, just like the rest of Google’s interface of polymer paper elements. Google has refreshed their logos for Maps, Translate, and News, have the white insignia in the corner of their respective logos and Google+ is donning the new G.

4.The childish logo with bright colors is able to contrast with menacing analysis that alarms more from a robot-making company; the appearance is such that how could something so cute create a Terminator.

5.It consumes lesser bytes, just about 305 compared to giant 14,000 bytes.

Our Mobile App Development Company in India has something to say, do you wanna listen? – Let’s Evolve with Google!