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Oct 12, 2021

Accept-Encoding, Content-Encoding, and ERR CONTENT DECODING FAILED

An error message in a browser-based app lead to some digging and learning about content encoding and negotiation.

Nov 27, 2020

Testable Documentation Spike #1: "It's Just Code"

My first spike on finding a system to take linted, tested code and outputting usable markup. This spike uses Docco to turn transpile commented JS files to HTML.

Oct 28, 2020

Technical Research: Testable Documentation

I've been thinking about documentation quite a bit lately, especially the code-centric type, and how to avoid punishing myself for spending time writing it. Here's the start of my research project to that end.

Aug 30, 2020

WordPress Unit Testing Techniques

I've learned a lot about how to avoid common issues and making life writing tests in WordPress a little easier. This post is a collection of ways I've found to accurately and thoroughly test a plugin.

Jan 15, 2020

Notes from Rock Your Code Reviews with Dr. Michaela Greiler

I attended a great webinar led by Dr. Michaela Greiler on code reviews. I had my own opinions going in, of course, but I learned a lot and had a number of questions that I had (and didn't know I had) answered.

Jul 10, 2018

Pitfalls of Being a WordPress Developer

Something happens to you as a developer when you start on and stick with a single platform for a long period of time. As you get better and better at that platform, you get further and further away from the rest of the ecosystem.

Apr 12, 2017

Self-Teach or Go Back to School?

Advice to a few friends on learning web development.

Feb 07, 2017

1PPM: month 1 (and 2)

I found a group of folks online who committed to launching 1 project per month (1PPM) and it resonated with me in a big way. This is what I did for my first one.

Mar 23, 2015

Become A WordPress Developer Overnight After 4 Months of Work

This is a summary of an email I sent to someone who wants to get into creating custom WordPress themes and plugins. I've been doing this for over 7 years now and would like to think I have something interesting and helpful to say about this.

Apr 21, 2014

Why Open Source? Why For Sale?

A question I’m often asked by friends and colleagues is how I decide what I sell and what I give away. There’s no formula but there is a rationale.

Jan 14, 2010

Improving Website and WordPress Performance with Hard-Coded Share Buttons

Quickly add hard-coded share links badges to your WordPress or static site.

Nov 20, 2008

Beginner Exercises to Learn PHP Programming

I’ve been on a quest to try my hand at a real programming language. I get the feeling that I’m really going to like what I learn.

Oct 13, 2008

Considering a career in software engineering or digital design?

Listen to what the professionals at Microsoft have to say.

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