I’ve been recording a quite a few videos lately for showing off new features in Visual Studio and Web Essentials. Some videos also shows prototypes of what is coming down the line. The question is whether or not videos are the right format for this.
Personally, I prefer short demo videos over written articles or blog posts. There’s just something about seeing how a feature works instead of reading about it. However, there are situations where watching videos aren’t an option. For instance when on the bus with no headphones. Written articles works better for me in those situations.
I like doing videos and I’m considering doing more of them on a regular basis. The question is, are videos worthwhile or is a blog post better?
Check out my Youtube channel to get an idea of how I’d like to do the videos going forward.
A little while back, Sayed Hashimi and I built the Web Developer Checklist Chrome extension as a companion for the website webdevchecklist.com. We built the extension in Visual Studio and quickly realized that we could optimize the development experience substantially by tweaking the build process along with other details.
From that experience, we now have a project template that contains all you need for writing a Chrome extension and it is available for download.
The project template gives you the following features:
Folder structure suited for production ready Google Chrome extensions
MSBuild integration to produce .zip files to upload to the Google Web Store
Earlier this year, Sayed and I released Web Developer Checklist to help web developer adhere to best practices. Checklists like these can be really helpful to make sure we don’t forget anything before releasing new or updated websites.
Now we’re introducing Web Developer Checklist as a Chrome extension that can automate a big portion of the checklist. The extension let’s you run checks for various best practices on any website - including your own running from localhost.
It performs a serious of checks by analyzing the DOM as well as integrating with 3rd-party services like Google PageSpeed.