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You may be thinking when you clicked on this post “he’s going to talk about structuring your Ionic app and what to think about when building it” or “I bet he’s going to speak about adding an API about your skeletal system or nutrition.”

Well, I am sad to say, not this time. Today, I want to show you a neat way of removing the issue of having the user seeing nothing and having to wait on information to load to know the app hasn’t broken. The way we do this is by using a component called Skeleton Text.

Now, what is Skeleton Text? Skeleton Text allows you to add essentially GIFs to your pages to show where the text will go, while it loads. I’m sure you’ve seen it used in many widely used apps such as Facebook, Instagram, or even LinkedIn (shown below). …


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A man that’s outside with a computer in his lap throwing papers into the air

Now I know what y’all are thinking “Thomas, it’s LITERALLY halfway through 2020 and you’re just now creating a goal list for this year!?”

Well, I was reading one of Andy Frisella’s AndyGram on Starting NOW. It went into detail about how people think that they need to wait ‘till New Year to make changes. Instead of making changes TODAY. If you would like to read more on this article, click here!

After reading the AndyGram, I looked at my list I made at the beginning of the year and realized that I wasn’t setting my goals big enough!

So these are the REAL Goals and Aspirations for 2020! …


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Everyone has done it before. You type in a website then stop and stare at the 404 page that is on the screen. You ask yourself, “Did I not type it in right? Did the website delete?”

What if everyone who visited that 404 page was met with the pictures of animals up for adoption? That was my thought when I visited an Amazon 404 Error page and saw “Dogs of Amazon.” If you haven’t seen this page, click here.

An increasingly popular way for animals to get adopted is on social media, where they do a funny trick or we get to watch their months-long transformation video in under 3 minutes. …


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It has been almost six months since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak swept through the entire globe and has completely upended the daily lives of millions of people in the United States and around the world.

In a bid to halt the rapid spread of the viral infection different state and local governments sprung to action by imposing several restrictive measures, a shelter at home policy, and social distancing guidelines to contain the virus and flatten the curve.

This means that millions of people who still have jobs are now working full-time remotely from home. …


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For the past few months now I’ve been spending my free time in the sky learning the in’s and out’s of how to properly control a bird that was built to touch the skies and see what’s beyond.

As the way many others probably have started, my adventure began in my mind. Thinking what it would be like to fly as easily and freely as birds do. Throughout the years, this question turned into a goal. …


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This wasn’t a very planned article, but I was looking at all the neat things I’ve found on the internet for developers over the past few weeks that I had to show them! If you know of any more cool/neat repositories or API’s please comment and let me know!

Shave: Dollar Shave Club 🪒

Now you may be wondering “What would a hygiene company have to do with web design and development?” Well to my realization a few weeks ago, A LOT. The people over at Dollar Shave Club have made it easy to keep yourself and your website well-groomed! Now how do they achieve such an amazing feat? They created a Javascript Plugin that truncates text to fit within an element based on a set max-height ✁ So, in essence, there is no scraggly text that offsets the overall design of your website! Now, why is this one “Patriotic”? Because I believe helping your fellow man, is a key concept of Patriotism. …


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The current state of the United States has put its citizens on edge. The coronavirus cases are at an all-time high, a new civil rights movement is in the works, and the country as a whole is struggling. People are quick to criticize America’s prejudices, it’s lack of affordable healthcare and other flaws within the country. This is not the time of proud Americans; people are focusing on America’s negatives, instead of its many positives. As imperfect as America is, it’s still a beautiful place. America is a country composed of opportunity, diversity, beauty, and good.

The United States is a place of opportunity and hope. America allows citizens and immigrants to grow their businesses and climb the corporate ladder. Though not everyone makes their way into the top percentile of America, the opportunity exists. Among the richest people in the world, the top two are American. International companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google were founded and created in America. America is the leader in hosting self-made tycoons. People are made equal in America, and thus, with a little bit of luck and hard work, anyone can make it. It does not matter what one’s race, gender, or sexuality is; anyone can thrive in America. The country allows people to speak their minds and make changes. The U.S. has undergone the various wars, the civil rights movement, the suffrage movement, and more. People are allowed to speak for equal opportunity, and oftentimes that leads to a change, no matter how small. The country is certainly not perfect, yet it accepts its flaws and works for active improvement. …


The Multiple Types of Ionic 5 Starter Templates and What They Do

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For the developers in the room who have already created a few applications using Ionic, this article will be boring and dull as attending a 2-hour Zoom conference call. I would suggest for the more advanced people to get ahead to the next article.

For the developers in the room that are wanting a quick introduction into the pages of Ionic, how the look, and what they come with without actually having to install, open, and run each of them separately, this is the article for you!

What is Ionic?

So before we get to the actual pages in Ionic normally used, first we must know what exactly is Ionic. Ionic is a framework that “makes it easy to build high-performance mobile and Progressive Web Apps (or PWAs) that look and feel beautiful on any platform or device” (“What is Ionic.”). It pairs with any commonly used Javascript (JS) or JS frameworks, such as AngularJS, ReactJS, and VueJS to make it simple and easy to create applications for Android, iPhone, and Windows mobile devices. …


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Over recent years, I’ve had the chance to try MANY different flavors of IDE’s. Everything from Sublime Text, Visual Studio, VS Code, to even DreamWeaver. Each of them has its Pros and Cons, but I have found that PHPStorm just feels right. I don’t know how to explain it. But in my time using it, I’ve tried a variety of different plugins and add-ons. In this article, I go over the top 3 I would ALWAYS make sure I have before starting a big project. Let’s get started!

Material Theme UI

I don’t know about you… but I LOVE a good dark theme. In fact, I tend to use apps and websites that have a dark theme. Rather than those that don’t. Material Theme UI comes with a variety of different texture packs that allow for anyone to find the perfect one for their coding environment. The Deep Ocean option has, in my opinion, the best take at a dark theme that I’ve seen in a while. It’s not too dark, but it’s not bright. It has colors that pop but don’t blind you if you stare at them too long. …


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We’ve all been there… Learning a new programming language (or even your first programming language) and you have all these ideas as to what you will make once you understand that language. Then that time comes along and you have completely forgotten all those great ideas that you thought about when you first began learning.

I’ve been there PLENTY of times, probably too many for me to count; however, when I was learning Ionic/Angular, I finally fixed that problem by actually writing them down!

Below I have added a list of ideas not just for me to build to improve my knowledge in Ionic but for you as well! If you have any more ideas I can add to this list, DM me on twitter by clicking here! …

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Thomas George

💻 1st Phorm #Ionic Mobile Applications #Developer ☕️ Espresso Fanatic 🇺🇸 Chauvinist www.thethomasgeorge.com

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