What do you consider when building a new application?

When you’re starting a new project and thinking about what you’re going to use in your application, what factors do you consider? Sometimes this depends on what your role is, so a develop will jump straight in with just use X coding language and continue on their way. Whereas other might want to play with whatever the new and latest technology is. Then there is people like myself that likes to think about the whole picture, and so here are some of the key factors I consider when building a new application.

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Should you unit test CSS?

When I told a college I was going to write some unit tests for CSS they went crazy, and I do see why, however I think it can be valuable in the right way. I would like to describe to you why I think doing unit tests on CSS can be worth your time as a developer and also beneficial to the project.

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Learn a Framework not a Language

I listened to a podcast that said you should learn a coding framework first not a language. Now this might seem weird and confusing to existing developers as we were brought up with the basic languages and then frameworks have become a trend, but that’s because we are old. New developers are coming into the industry and frameworks are the top dog thing to know and use. You can’t see a job without one these day, so is it better to learn the framework first or should you go back to basics first?

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