Open Tabs: Awesome CV, & Mobile Patterns, re:Work, d3.compose,, SqlPad

In the last week the following links stayed longer open in my browser tabs:

Awesome CV

If you are searching for a LaTeX template for your resume you should definitely take a look at Awesome CV. I will probably use the template in one of my projects. and Mobile Patterns

As I already mentioned from time to time I am a lousy user interface designer. Nevertheless I am interested in UI and UX. has a ton of resources for user experience designers like tools, links and methods for concepting and planning interaction design.

Mobile Patterns is a platform for sharing screenshots of mobile applications. This site is awesome because you get a good insight how to create responsive web applications which are easy to use.


re:Work describes steps to improve processes at your workplace.

Responsive d3.js charts with d3.compose

D3.js is awesome for creating interactive charts of every type. With d3.compose you can easily create responsive D3.js-based charts.

What I tell all new programmers

I noticed the blog post What I tell all new programmers on HN in the last week. I liked the content and linked the blog post in our internal wiki for apprenticeships.

README Driven Development

README Driven Development (RDD) means that you write the before you start programming. The idea is not new but has been working for me since years, too. I use it for my personal projects in combination with something I like to call Sketched Driven Development (just kidding!): Sketching the entity relationships and workflows with my own simple form of UML.

Perceptual testing with VisualReview

Perceptual testing simply means comparing application screenshots of the baseline (= production environment) with screenshots of your staging environment. The screenshots can be captured with tools like Selenium or PhantomJS. Thoughtworks provides a good overview what perceptual testing means. Beneath the tools DPXDT, Viff and Pix-Diff mentioned in Thoughtwork’s blog post, the open source tool Visual Review from Xebia is worth a look. – Visualize your cloud architecture like a pro

I don’t know how often I sweared about Microsoft Visio and other tools for modelling infrastructures. could be a game changer in the long term. At the moment it “only” supports the visualization of AWS-based infrastructure but there is potential to use it for other infrastructures as well.


The Node.js based application SqlPad allows you to execute SQL queries on different DBMS’ like MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server and visualize the returned result set with different charts. The queries can be saved for later execution. The application is ideal for simple dashboards based upon different datasources.