How I implemented deferred image loading to serve images more efficiently on Bethesda.net

Note: this is part one in a two-part series where we’ll conceptualize and then implement a deferred image loading solution.

Millions of gamers around the world visit bethesda.net to learn about some of the most beloved franchises in gaming. I’ve spent far too many hours in the Fallout and Elder Scrolls universes over the last two decades, so helping fellow fans have a better experience when reading about and buying these games is an incredibly special opportunity.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Most of what visitors see is visual content like images…


Chrome’s Extension API allows you to customize a broad surface area of browser behaviors: the look and feel of web pages, modifications to the behavior of sites, and augmentation of browser features.

One of the browser features you can augment are certain browser-provided pages: bookmarks, history, and the New Tab Page. This page is viewed every time you open a new tab, unless the user has opted in to other behavior.

Given how frequently it’s visited, it presents some of the most valuable real estate that an extension can override. …


“Close-up of lines of code on a computer screen” by Ilya Pavlov on Unsplash

Some tips and tricks for writing styles that won’t make you tear out your hair later

Some of these tips are things I’ve found on the web over years and put into practice, and found that they were as helpful as advertised (happy to include links whenever I come across a source). Others are things I noticed during my own development. All are subject to opinion, and there may be other ways to solve some of the problems put forth here: let me know in the comments!

Avoid deep nesting by never going more than 3 levels deep (Inception)

Deep nesting causes a performance hit because it outputs long selector strings.

It messes with specificity, due to lengthy selectors which forces the creation of subsequent selectors with greater…


3 really important mistakes to avoid making

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Last week, I jumped at the opportunity to download Mike Belsito’s book Startup Seed Funding For the Rest of Us. I guess he likes open sourcing knowledge, or is just a really cool guy, but he made the book free for its first few days on Amazon. I wasn’t surprised to see it jump to the top of the list of free startup books — it…


This post originally appeared on HuffPost Tech. It’s been edited and added to here.

Recently, several outlets reported that Google is planning on launching a wireless carrier service and will start signing up customers this year. Most people don’t like their carrier because of a combination of poor network quality and high bills. This is especially true for Verizon and AT&T customers, who tend to have the highest bills on average. Google might be about to change all that.

Google Wireless is going to be a reseller for both Sprint and T-Mobile, much as companies like Straight Talk and MetroPCS…

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