Link Category: Ideas
Why Use PHP in 2018
Over on Thoughtful Code, I wrote about why even in 2018 I’d choose PHP to make a new software application in. The heart of my reasoning is the conclusion:
Rallying Cry of the Week: makefrontendshitagain.party
This website, which we stubbornly insist on reading as “Make Frontends Hit Again,” is about something we can really get behind: returning to making completely useless stuff on the web because it’s cool and fun.
Why DPI Doesn’t Matter for Web Images
If you or your client is working with web images and wondering about web image DPI guidelines, this article’s for you. It explains why DPI doesn’t matter for web images, and why pixel count does.
My Experience Working in a Code for America Brigade
For those who are really into WordPress community events, and world-wide, there’s do_action. For people in the US, there’s something called Code for America, and local brigades. My local brigade is called Code for Fort Collins, and I’m more-or-less in charge right now. The terms for this whole area aren’t super clear for me, some say “civic hacking”, some call it “charity hackathon”, I typically call it “trying to do good” which is maybe less useful. :p
WordPress 4.9.6, Semantic Versioning, and Why it Matters
Over on Thoughtful Code, I spilled a bunch of words about semantic version numbers. WordPress 4.9.6 is imminent, and it got me to thinking about why semantic version numbers are so important to me. And because WordPress matters a lot to me, I think a lot about the (weird) way WordPress does version numbers.
Explain Like I’m Five: the GDPR
I get like four emails a day about the GDPR, and because we’re not Facebook, Google, or an ad network, it doesn’t seem world-shaking to what we do. But I wanted to know a bit more, and so I Googled for “ELI5 GDPR,” “ELI5” being short for “Explain Like I’m Five,” Reddit’s awesome format for simplifying complex topics.
From Torque: “Are WordPress Developers Really Cheaper to Hire?”
Short answer: Yes!
Using Ethics In Web Design
In the wake of the VW diesel-emissions testing scam and the effect of various Facebook impacts on the 2016 US Presidential election, I’ve seen a marked shift toward people I respect as “thought leaders” (though I hate that phrase) thinking and talking more about the ethics of the code we as developers write.
The Leaky Tech Pipeline
“How to Get Web Design Clients”
“How do I get clients?” This is the eat-or-don’t-eat question for any web developer—especially a freelancer, and especially a freelancer early in his or her career. If there were a magic answer, you’d have heard about it by now. But there is good advice to at least give structure and a system to the difficult task of finding your way in the marketplace.