Hardest Things in Programming

Life is a journey of twists and turns, but amidst the uncertainty, clarity awaits. Join us in revisiting a heartfelt message shared with the Pixelmatters team on April 29, 2021. It’s a reminder to pause, reflect, and chart our course with purpose and conviction.

Every once in a while, you gotta stop to think. To reflect. Why I’m here and not there? Why I’m doing this and not that? Where am I going? More often than not, through a journey of years or even decades, there’s a tendency to lose perspective. To forget where you are, where you’re going, and why you’ve decided to be there in the first place. Within this mindset and hoping it somehow inspires other leaders, we’re sharing a copy of this internal communication made to the Pixelmatters team on April 29, 2021.

Since you’re working directly with code, you won’t need to translate it later. That helps design editors avoid making complex codes that can be a nightmare to fix and remove the whole design-dev process. Merge not only makes your prototype functional but also lets you do that easily and fast, just by drag-and-dropping the component on the canvas. You don’t need to add any interactions unless you want to. Merge technology is the ultimate front-end prototyping as you just focus on UI, forgetting about the back-end with the production-ready components. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can import coded React.js components from your Git repository like Github or Bitbucket to the UXPin design tool and make the most of what you already have. Try UXPin powered by Merge technology to start designing with code components and cut down your product’s time to market.

To wrap things up, a final note. Despite the crazy good first quarter of 2021, make no mistake: the next few months will be quite challenging for us. When it comes to the team size, we’re entering uncharted waters that we never navigated before. So, yes, there will be growing pains, probably a lot of them. As always, despite the mistakes that we may make or adjustments that may be needed, you can be sure of one thing: we’ll do our best, and not let you down.

Front-end prototyping with code

UXPin gives you a collaborative workspace where you can create designs and generate prototypes. You can also make design systems that establish approved assets and guardrails for projects. If your user testing shows that you need to update your design system, you can do it easily from within the application. It will update everyone working on your project. If you have a general idea of what you want to get from your user research—but you don’t have a solid plan for how to get the right information from the correct users—you will learn important lessons from this article. As a UX designer, you might not have much experience conducting interviews intended to gather specific information. You might not have spent any time interviewing other people in a professional way. Carrie Boyd’s “Ultimate Guide to Doing Kickass Customer Interviews” does just what the title says: teach you how to interview users for actionable information.

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