Get more out of Slack for your team

Make your work simpler on Slack by using some of the below mentioned tips :

Daily stand-ups

Daily stand-ups are great because :

  • Managers can monitor progress on tasks
  • It gives visibility into everyone’s tasks
  • Saves time by eliminating an in-person meeting

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Pick a channel and time to run weekday stand ups.
  2. Use slash command (/remind) to set reminder that asks your teammates to share their updates.

Share code snippets

This slack feature is very useful for Developers to discuss code, finding & fixing bugs, offering suggestions.

Here’s how you can do that :

  • Click code block icon (or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + C keys ) to the bottom of the message field.
  • Then just Paste your code snippet
    Another way to attach code snippets :
    1. Click on paper clip icon below message field (or Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys)
    2. Select Create New
    3. Click on Code or text snippet
    4. Paste your code snippet and select the programming language from the drop-down menu. You can optionally give it a title and add a message explaining the snippet to others in the channel.

Event reminder & notification in Google calendar :

Connect your Google Calendar to Slack so you can see daily summaries of your schedule & respond to event invites.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Open Google Calendar app within Slack and send it any message to get started
  2. Click “Connect your Account” button then follow the steps to link your Slack and Google accounts.
  3. You can even join conference calls in a single click from event reminders.

Upload and Share files

You can upload & share any type of files like photo, PDF, video or spreadsheets.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Drag and drop up to 10 files into Slack or click the paper clip icon below the message field.
  2. Choose a file from your computer.
    If you want you can write a message describing the file and click upload.

You can also use Google Drive Slack app for sharing files.

Welcome new employees to your team

When someone joins your team, help introduce them to everyone and make them feel welcome.
You can share important documents, policies, and due dates to get them started
It will help you to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Create a channel called #new-hires and post important documents and messages that explain policies and due dates which will help new employees. Invite your HR staff to join the channel and allow new hires to ask questions.
  2. Create a channel called #intros and ask new hires to post their brief introduction.

GitHub Slack app

You’ll get updates about what’s happening on GitHub without leaving Slack.
You can Subscribe to repositories, stay up to date about New commits and New pull requests, see the details like Pull requests, Issues & Developer profiles.

You can even take actions on GitHub with slash commands on Slack like : Close an issue or pull request, reopen an issue or pull request or open a new issue.

Elastic Stack & Twilio event

Attended Elastic Stack & Twilio event where I learned more about Demystifying Anomaly Detection by Elastic, this wonderful talk was given by Jayesh. Another awesome talk by Lizzie Siegle from Twilio where she explained in detail about Detecting Toxic Language with Twilio Chat and TensorFlow JS. I liked the complete workflow demo of Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack which was shown by Matthew Gillard from Twilio.

Lizzie Siegle from Twilio explaining about Detecting Toxic Language with Twilio Chat and TensorFlow JS
Matthew Gillard from Twilio explaining about Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack
Jayesh explaining about Demystifying Anomaly Detection by Elastic
Demo of Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack

Slack TinySpec 2019

What is Spec?

Spec is a Slack’s Developer Conference

At TinySpec 2019 there was discussion around the latest developments on the Slack Platform, updates from the Slack team on the news since annual developer conference, Spec.

Apps are a fundamental part of bringing workflows into Slack, improving the way teams work together. But the Slack isn’t just a set of APIs to connect workflows and teams – it’s a global community with the resources, support, and tools you need to be successful.

Mr. Gregg ( Partner Engineer at Slack) explained about what is #tinyspec2019 and about Slack Apps

Mr. Aman Gupta ( Partner Engineering at Slack) talked about various features of slack which are very helpful for developers to build slack apps. He explained and showed videos of block kit, modals, advanced surveys, home tab, integration of google calendar with slack and actions from messages.

Mr. Vishwesh (Engineering Site Lead @ Slack) described in brief about latest development which Slack team is working on and about new slack features

Ms. Emily Pinkerton (Content Senior Strategist at Slack) explained about slack app toolkit. She talked about Slack’s growth over the years in terms of users, slack apps, etc.

Overall I had a fantastic time at #tinyspec2019 meetup ! It was an awesome event where Slack team shared a lot of insights on what’s latest in Slack. I loved the live demo of Salesforce integration with Slack.

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Firefox Dev Tools 3 Panel Web Inspector – HTML + CSS + Extra options

Beginner friendly guide to Firefox Dev Tools

I want to show you two really quick things about the Firefox Dev Tools that are little tiny icons that you might not notice, but you definitely want to know about.

I’m here, on a random web page, working on the CSS, HTML and right there, you’ll see that there’s this little icon, that you can click, that toggles the Firefox Dev Tools to switch from having two panels to having three panels.

Toggle on 3 pane inspector

Now there’s a good chance when you downloaded Firefox, and you opened it for the first time, it will open with three panels, but in case if it didn’t, or in case you switched back to two and you didn’t realize it, this is where the button is.

You click this little button, and it goes from having HTML and CSS to having HTML and CSS and other options.

And these other options include layout tools, a panel that gives you the computed values for everything in CSS, the changes tab lets you know when things have changed or keeps track of your changes, the Font inspector gives you a way to adjust and change fonts and mess around with variable fonts, (if you’re using a variable font) and the Animations inspector (if you have animations on the page) is a place where you can see exactly what’s going on with animations.

I think it’s really handy to be able to see the HTML in one panel, CSS in another panel and to see other things about CSS in the third panel.

The other thing I wanted to make sure you know about is a little button for messing around with print style sheets.

Toggle print media simulation for page

You can see in the above image , there’s a little icon, that looks like a piece of paper and it makes the browser think that it’s about to print a piece of paper.

It will turn on any media queries that you have set for Print, it will activate the kind of rendering engine behavior that gets activated whenever someone goes to actually print the page.

So it’s a quick way, if you’re styling print style sheets, you can check print media simulation of the page, and not have to actually find a printer and print it out.

Highlighted buttons, navigation links will be removed after clicking on print media simulation

You can see in above image which displays a MDN CSS grid layout webpage, the buttons, navigation links (highlighted in the image above) is not needed when you’re printing it out.
Because None of these buttons will actually do anything on a piece of paper.
Below image displays the webpage after clicking on tiny button to toggle print media simulation

Result after clicking on print media simulation

That’s one of the things you want to do, when you have to print style sheets, is to remove things that you don’t necessarily need.

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