Adam Lynch

I'm Adam Lynch. I like to code, write, and dabble in design. I lead Teamwork.com's next product.

  1. Lessons learned leading teams

    I've been thinking about team leading a lot lately. When revisiting advice a friend asked for when transitioning to a team lead position, I decided to flesh it out and put it online. Most of the following will hopefully be helpful to anyone leading a team or any manager, although some will be more relevant to leaders of developers and developers transitioning into leadership roles. If it helps anyone, great. It will be a good reference for me at least. Alright, let's get to it.

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  2. 10 pro tips: how to work with production databases

    The goal here is get what you need done as quickly as possible and keep rolling. "Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough." - Mark Zuckerberg. 1. Connect to your production databases using the same tool you use for development. There's no need to...

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  3. How to improve your permissions UX

    "Welcome to Costco, can I have your phone number?" Most people would refuse, right? Well I suppose some might oblige, but that depends on a host of factors. This is what permissions requests are like on the web. Let's take a look at how we can do better, before it's too late. Side note: a phone number is like a SnapChat username to your parents.

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  4. Static site regeneration and focusing on what's important

    I've had my own site for years now but I haven't used it for much. A refresh was needed. I was focusing on the wrong things, trying to do everything, and getting nowhere slowly. It hasn't changed much in appearance, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. It has been completely redone beneath the surface.

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  5. Beyond The Browser: From Web Apps To Desktop Apps

    I started out as a web developer, and that’s now one part of what I do as a full-stack developer, but never had I imagined I’d create things for the desktop. I love the web. I love how altruistic our community is, how it embraces open-source, testing and pushing the envelope. I love discovering beautiful websites and powerful apps. When I was first tasked with creating a desktop app, I was apprehensive and intimidated. It seemed like it would be difficult, or at least… different.

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  6. Developing an Electron Edge (Book)

    Electron combines Chromium and Node.js, empowering you to create real desktop apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which integrate tightly into the desktop environment. In Developing an Electron Edge, we cover all things Electron. We breakdown what Electron is and what you can achieve with it over a typical desktop or Web app. Not only will we cover the complete development process from beginning to end, but the packaging and delivery of your app as well. You’ll discover some platform specific issues, learn how to deploy automatic updates, and even take a look at using one codebase for the desktop and the Web.

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  7. Under the hood of a hybrid (app)

    It has been about a year since we had A peek under the hood of Teamwork Chat. Since then, we’ve added a few nice features, fixed some bugs, and introduced a couple. You know how it goes. More...

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  8. Resurrecting Clippy

    Remember Clippy? First shipped with Windows 97, Clippy was a “smart” assistant for Microsoft Office. A selfless shape-shifting paperclip who would appear out of nowhere to help you in any way it could. And how did you treat...

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  9. Platform detection in your NW.js app

    There are various reasons why you might want to detect which platform or operating system your app is currently being ran on. Your keyboard shortcuts or UI may differ per platform, you might want to store files in platform-specific directories on disk, etc. Thanks to node's os module, it isn't too difficult.

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  10. Transparency and NW.js

    Yes, NW.js does support transparency, albeit it is disabled by default. One way to enable transparency is to use the transparency property to your application's manifest like this...

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  11. NW.js: The App and Shortcut APIs

    The NW.js GUI library provides an "App" API, which contains a variety of methods and properties, some of which are essential to pretty much any app, and some have more obscure use cases. You can access the API as follows...

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  12. Installing your NW.js app on Windows

    NW.js is great for creating desktop applications using Web app technologies. If you're not familiar with NW.js, I'd advise you to read an introductory article like Creating Your First Desktop App With HTML, JS and Node-WebKit to get a good base first. This is a slightly more advanced article intended for anyone interested into distributing their NW.js app to Windows users.

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  13. npm and distribution path length problems

    NW.js is great for creating desktop applications using Web app technologies. If you're not familiar with NW.js, I'd advise you to read an introductory article like Creating Your First Desktop App With HTML, JS and Node-WebKit to get a good base first. This is a slightly more advanced article intended for anyone interested into distributing their NW.js app to Windows users.

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  14. 10 things to know about Gulp

    NW.js is great for creating desktop applications using Web app technologies. If you're not familiar with NW.js, I'd advise you to read an introductory article like Creating Your First Desktop App With HTML, JS and Node-WebKit to get a good base first. This is a slightly more advanced article intended for anyone interested into distributing their NW.js app to Windows users.

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  15. Building Your App: Creating Executables for NW.js

    NW.js is great for creating desktop applications using Web app technologies. If you're not familiar with NW.js, I'd advise you to read an introductory article like Creating Your First Desktop App With HTML, JS and Node-WebKit to get a good base first. This is a slightly more advanced article intended for anyone interested into distributing their NW.js app to Windows users.

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  16. Olc: Ruin someone’s day with homoglyphs

    You might have seen Ben Johnson’s tweet. I’m sorry everyone, I’ve made a module which makes this a lot easier to do. It’s called Olc. “Olc” is the Irish word for “bad” and is inconspicious enough to go…

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  17. Dealing with long paths

    You might have been unfortunate enough to learn that Windows has a 256-character limit on file paths. You could’ve run into this problem locally or on end users’ machines. We’ve created a simple little module called gulp-path-length to…

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  18. A peek under the hood of Teamwork Chat

    The idea was to build a chat application of our own. A whole new standalone product to raise the bar for team communication and collaboration. From the beginning, Teamwork Chat was intended to tie our whole suite of…

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  19. CoffeeScript at Teamwork

    The first project at Teamwork to use CoffeeScript was the Teamwork.com iPad app. Fast forward two years. We now have web, mobile and even desktop apps built with CoffeeScript. If you need a primer, there’s no better place…

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  20. Hassle-free third-party dependencies

    How do you manage your third-party assets? With my simple setup, all I have to do is run one command and reload the page. Lets take a look at managing our third-party dependencies with Bower and preprocessing them…

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