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  1. Making a Chart.js Chart Accessible

    Most charts are fairly inaccessible due to their graphical nature and we should provide an alternative way for users of assistive technologies to consume the same data. This article shows how to do just that.

  2. How to load a model with a custom ID Property

    Today I Learned - A quick look at how to use a model's static load method when you have a custom ID property defined.

  3. Handling image load errors in Ext JS universal apps

    Unfortunately, for whatever reason, images sometimes fail to load, either because the image is completely missing, the connection failed or the URL is wrong. We never want to see that horrible broken image on our pages so this tutorial describes how we can avoid it by extending the Ext.Img class.

  4. Speed Up Development with Live Update and Fashion

    Ext JS 6 and Sencha Cmd 6's Live Update feature means we can streamline our app theming workflow even further and have our changes reflected in the browser even faster. This article shows you how to use it!

  5. Ext JS 6: Key Concepts Explained

    With the early-access release of the Ext JS 6 framework coming out, it's starting to get played with by Ext JS and Sencha Touch developers. This article explained some of the key concepts in the latest evolution of the Ext JS framework.

  6. Increase Productivity with JetBrains IntelliJ's Live Templates

    IntelliJ has a lot of powerful features that help improve our overall development workflow. One feature that I use everyday is Live Templates. This article will discuss how to use Live Templates to speed up your development and stop you getting RSI.

  7. Sencha Best Practices Email Course Launched

    I'm excited to announce the launch of my new email course - Best Practices for Improving your Sencha Apps - which delivers 7 lessons to your inbox on how to improve your Ext JS and Sencha Touch apps.

  8. Ext JS and Sencha Touch: The Merge

    This week saw the announcement of the sessions running at SenchaCon 2015, which includes a big announcement about the future of the Sencha product landscape - "the merge".

  9. Picking Colours With Chrome Developer Tools

    Extracting colours from webpages has never been easier with the functionality baked right into Chrome Developer Tools. This short article shows you how.

  10. Application Flow with Domain-Specific Events in Sencha Applications

    This article is going to discuss how we can approach controlling application flow in Sencha Touch and Ext JS applications using domain-specific events rather than relying solely on standard framework events. By following this technique you will make your applications more flexible, reusable and allow refactoring to be done with less impact.

  11. Emulating Devices with Chrome Developer Tools

    Chrome Developer Tools have now added a "Device Mode" which gives us a whole host of possibilities for testing our sites in an emulated setup of real devices, along with allowing us to spoof things like user-agents, GPS coordinates and accelerometer stats. In this post we'll introduce Device Mode and explain its main features and how to use them.