Please stop using CDNs for external Javascript libraries

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The HTML5 Logo.

I want to discuss a (minor) antipattern that I think is (slightly) harmful. Lots of websites use large Javascript libraries. They often include them by using a 3rd party Content Delivery Network like so: <script src=”https://cdn.example.com/js/library-v1.2.3.js”></script> There are, supposedly, a couple of advantages to doing things this way. Users may already have the JS library…

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Reflections on four years in the Civil Service

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Four years ago today, I turned up in Holborn for my first day at GDS – Government Digital Service. I’ve now experienced two Prime Ministers (Primes Minister?), two departments, and one pandemic. So I thought I’d take a look back at some highlights and lowlights. I’ve worked for half-a-dozen brilliant managers, helped create a new…

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The usability of HTML elements

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The HTML5 Logo.

Last week, I gave a talk at the Maps for the Web workshop. As part of the discussion, I talked about how some HTML elements are really easy for developers to use and understand, and others are hard. I’m not aware of any formal research on this – all I have is my experience as…

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Movie Review: Bombshell

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Three identikit blonde white women stare at the camera.

When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world. This is…

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Adding Web Monetization to your site using Coil

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Recently, my blog was featured on Coil’s list of monetised content. I’d like to take a little time to explain what Web Monetisation is, how to get set up with it, and what my thoughts are. Quickstart Stick this line in the <head> of your HTML page. <meta name=”monetization” content=”$ilp.uphold.com/ieELEKD7epqw”> That’s it. You should replace…

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Movie Review: In Time

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Movie Poster - people hold guns

In a future where people stop ageing at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes…

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Performative Emotions

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Digging through my old tweets, I found this gem. A billion dollar idea that I never did anything was. What if your phone's front-facing camera captured your reaction to reading a text message? #bluesky — Terence Eden (@edent) October 3, 2008 If my hazy memory is correct, we’d been asked to imagine future uses for…

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Review: Lexar corner desk

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A black desk.

I’ve spent six-months working from an old kitchen table, and there is never quite enough room for all my monitors and associated kit. With the news that we’re all going to be working from home for a while longer, my employer very generously agreed to pay up to £150 for a WFH desk. So I…

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Review: eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Camera System

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Flyer explaining how Eufy is different.

I hate the Internet of Things. It’s a load of overpriced junk, which abuses your privacy and demands a monthly fee in return. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see this fall out of the eufyCam 2C box. There’s no monthly fee. The recordings stay in your home. The batteries last for ages. I…

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Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

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A psychedelic explosion of love.

None of us are going out to gigs in the foreseeable future, right? So the next best thing is watching shows on video. Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets is an epic blast. Recorded at the Roundhouse, it is gorgeously colourful and has just the right amount of “backstage” interviews”, And, being a disc, there’s no…

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