The FUD comes from people who are telling you, that you need this. The clamoring comes from the people who want to follow leaders and hear that this is a popular thing, and they like to do what is popular.
I’m not a fan of either of those situations.
I want my clients, my co-workers and the industry to be well informed. I’m not going to spend lots of time re-hashing the same thing everyone else is saying. Those in this industry who know how things work and understand the purpose behind advancements in technology, are in a prime position to support, innovate and be impactful on a scale that dwarfs those who just go through the motions.
Apple has been showing off their new hotness here and there. Some of that hotness comes in the form of the latest iteration of the Apple TV. One of the features I was drawn to when it was initially announced was the new screensaver.
I know right? What your computer looks like when you’re not near it is WAY important. You know you agree… deep down inside.
A question appeared on the “Advanced WordPress” Group on Facebook
What are some of the most common mistakes made by WordPress developer newbies?
I decided to quickly punch out a few things I’ve encountered in my years of WordPress development. Figured that it would be a shame that the list that got so much praise would end up getting buried on Facebook to never be seen again. If you’re a noob I hope this helps!
The good boys over at Pantheon made this sketch. It hits too close to home, or it would have if we hadn’t learned a valuable lesson.
Do what you are exceptional at, let others do what you’re not an expert at.
An example of that is, bring really good at cooking things. You may not be good at building kitchens. Don’t spend your time and money on building kitchens.
Pantheon is really making a point here. They are better at hosting than you are. Which is probably true. The developer in that video can let Pantheon do the hosting for his company, so he doesn’t need to worry about uptimes and maintenance. He can instead focus on bolting UX and UI to his website’s V12 cloud engine.
A while ago, I read an article, about a company (Storage Technology), that in the 80′s had a very expensive problem that resulted in one of their systems continually crashing. The solution of course was simple and probably not that expensive.
I’ve had to keep track of development within my department for years now. My team has been dozens deep and at that scale it can become quite difficult to see anything. A while back we switched over to JIRA, noticed it was using a SQL-esque syntax and I started having some fun.
I read an article a year or so ago, “Are coders worth it?” by James Somers — which is a good read and is well written. I of course am slightly bias in writing this because I’ve been a Web Developer for a long time.
TL;DR: If you need to build stuff often, you bet your ass they are worth it.
What I’m about to cover is centered around taking a clean, working WordPress installation and moving it. That could be to another server, another domain, or bringing it down to setup a local development environment.
In the fast paced world of application development we deal with many things. Software limitations, lack of standardization in the industry, lack of time, resources, and/or quality. These things (and more) lead to bugged, erroneous or just plain bad applications…
As developers, we hate poor quality and we hate it when our products aren’t up to snuff. Take pride in your craft, do it well and do it right.
I was on the struggle bus and noticed that E_STRICT errors were plaguing my WordPress install. Regardless of all the usual php.ini configuration stuff, virtualhost configuration stuff and .htaccess hacks — this was becoming a real headache.