Adam Chambers

Technology Lead

Adam is a full stack engineer, specializing in JavaScript. He is a web audio enthusiast, front end performance geek, guitarist, musician and now an official legal alien.

Recent Articles

Introducing OpenShare: Social integrations, Twitter share counts, Google analytics & much more

Much to the shock and dismay of developers, designers, and content creators around the world, Twitter deprecated their share count API back in November of last year. The Twitter development team explained the choice but it left many publishers without that social proof they often rely on so heavily for increasing engagement. We saw an opportunity in OpenShare, a service we built that helps designers and developers integrate with third party platforms, and with version 1.4.0 released this week, I can officially announce that we have brought back Twitter share counts!

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How CraftCMS is Winning the Content Management Game

At Digital Surgeons we are well-versed in content management systems of all shapes and sizes. We’ve seen Wordpress evolve from an immature blogging system to the mature publishing platform it is today. We’ve worked with virtually every popular proprietary and open-source content management framework across the board, including Drupal, Joomla, and other similar platforms. We’ve tweaked, configured, and pushed hosted services like SquareSpace and Shopify to their limits, and we’ve tamed enterprise systems like Sitecore, Demandware, and Magento. In recent times, we’ve found ourselves reaching for Expression Engine as a mature, flexible, and adaptable platform for building applications with customized taxonomy and unique templates, and it’s served us very well. But there’s a new kid on the block. One that offers solutions and alternatives to the many issues that CMS platforms of today present. One that brings a breath of fresh air and a yelp of excitement from development teams across the internet. That platform is CraftCMS.

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10 Reasons We Love JavaScript’s ES2015

JavaScript has grown up over the last few years from a teenager of scripting languages with flaws and quirks that we love to hate, into a much more mature programming language powering some of the most sophisticated applications on the planet. Bless, how they grow up fast. With the release of ES6, (or ES2015 as the new versions will affectionately be named after the year of their release) JavaScript has seen huge improvements — improvements that we at Digital Surgeons are beyond excited about. Here’s just 10 of our favorite features that push JavaScript into the modern age of web development.

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Angular 2, ReactJS, and the State of Modern Web Apps

The web has come a long way over the years. From the early days of the information super highway, through the Web 2.0 phase to the modern day, more and more traditional desktop applications are moving online. There are so many reasons that the web is becoming the platform of choice, including accessibility from a multitude of devices ( tablets, phones, consoles, and smart TVs), limited system requirements, less up-front overhead, and search engine optimization, to name but a few. With the emergence of these rich applications on the web, developer tooling had to change. Welcome to the world of modern web application development.

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The User Knows Best: Deliver on Perceived Performance

Performance is all the rage today, and not without good reason. With the rapid growth of the mobile-first world, spotty connections and underpowered devices are serious issues that every web project team needs to consider. However, “performance” is in danger of becoming a buzzword as it becomes thrown around without regard for what truly matters. We measure performance by micro-benchmarks, metrics of various programming techniques, or the difference between trendy framework A and trendy framework B’s rendering cycles. Don’t get me wrong. These things matter, particularly at scale. However, the truly important metric you should care about is *perceived* performance.

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The Future of the Web is Loud

Audio on the web is changing in a big way. The future of the web is loud and I like it.

We’ve come a long way in recent years and audio on the web has grown in leaps and bounds. From the humble beginnings of background sounds and flash-powered clicks and beeps to fully immersive and generative audio soundscapes. In February of this year we launched AudioCrawl, a website that showcases best-in-class creative uses of audio on the web and the community is just getting started.

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