Google AMP

Let’s Talk about Google AMP

The world likes to latch onto new shiny things. Enter Google AMP.

For Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and most new things, there’s a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt going around. In stark contrast to my previous statement… there’s also a ton of people clamoring to just pick this technology up and run with it.

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.

With that, let’s begin.

Aerial Screensaver

Aerial: A damn pretty screensaver

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.

IT Crowd Popcorna

The WordPress Noob: Common Mistakes

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!

Ask the Developer

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.

+1 shekel to Travis for catching my typo.

The Expert

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.

8 Useful JIRA Filters

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.

Move Fast and Break Things

Professionally Migrating WordPress

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.

This is Fine

User Pain

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.