Ruadhán O

Ruadhán O'Donoghue

Mobile and web developer & consultant. Editor & contributor at mobiForge.

Latest Articles by Ruadhán O'Donoghue

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Let them block ads!

A lot has happened since we last took a look at the ad blocking landscape—time to come up for some air. Although ad blockers have been used in desktop browsers for years, it all really kicked off in September 2015 when Apple opened up iOS for ad blocker plugins, and since then there’s been a...

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AMP: thoughts on a 2 billion page project

At Google IO this year it was announced that there are now over 2B AMP pages live on the web, and counting. This is massive for a project that opened to the public only last year. When you look at the number of domains, around 900K, it’s not quite as impressive. Many of the 2B...

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JavaScript server-side rendering with device detection

React and other JavaScript frameworks have frequently come under fire for not being suited to mobile. Hence mobile-first was a cornerstone of the Angular 2 rewrite. And despite React’s popularity, it still attracts the wrong kind of attention regarding mobile. To my friends on the React team: you are on the hook until there's a...

Reducing page weight

When approaching the issue of web page weight, it’s useful to keep in mind the well known engineering maxim, “Simplify, and then add lightness“. This article describes some of the ways you can add lightness and reduce your web page weight...

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AMPconf: AMP is a performance framework that’s growing up

The first ever AMP conference drew to a close this week after two days of sessions in NYC. We’ve been interested in AMP here at mobiForge since its launch because the emphasis on performance resonates so well with us; performance is a cornerstone of AMP. The conference brought together members of the AMP project, partners...

HTML5 for the mobile web – forms and input types

In this article we take a look at some of the new form enhancements available in HTML5, and look at how they contribute to an improved user experience for mobile forms. In particular we will see how forms can be enhanced with the additional input types offered by HTML5, and show what you can expect across various classes of mobile browser...

Mobile Payments with the Payment Request API

We’ve recently written about the effect UX has on conversions. One place that has always had a lot of friction is the checkout process, particularly the manual entry of billing information on handheld devices. There have been several drives to reduce such friction in recent years, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay, to...

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2016 Year in review: Highlights from the mobile web

2015 was a hard act to follow. That year, we noted, was an exceedingly good year for mobile, with highlights including advances in progressive web apps, web performance, and the Physical Web. Many of these themes have continued into 2016. From this viewpoint, 2016 was more of a year of iterative progression, than of pure...

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Google’s Beacon Platform and the Physical Web

A lot has changed in a short time in Google’s beacon platform. Perhaps not to be unexpected given that it’s a relatively new technology. Beacons that you can purchase today generally have several broadcast modes to choose from, including iBeacon, Eddystone-EID, and Eddystone-URL. Some can broadcast multiple modes at once, while others must be configured...

Caching with service workers

Caching with service workers, the easy way

Caching is one (just one) of the things that service workers do really well. A good caching policy enables your web app to do some pretty cool things, like serving almost instantaneous responses, smoothing over patchy network connections, and even providing offline functionality. With the right caching you can banish 404 response pages to the...

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