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(Developer) Tools talk

Last night I gave a talk at the Cheltenham WordPress MeetupĀ on the amazing toolkit called "(Developer) Tools" in your web browser. Cheltenham WordPress Meetup Cheltenham, GB 99 Members We are a community of WordPress users, designers and developers in the… Continue reading →

Sublime to PHPStorm and Back: A coder’s text editor journey

Coding News: I swapped my super-duper IDE for a less-functional text editor – you’ll never guess what happened next! Actually, it was a really good exercise, and here’s why. I was chatting with my friend Keiron today about text editors…. Continue reading →

Getting to grips with Laravel’s service container

I finally feel like I’m getting to grips with Laravel’s service container. I’ve understood HOW it works and WHAT is does for a while, but it’s taken a simple, real-world example to pull it all together and make it all… Continue reading →

On making an anti-social network

Building a niche social network seems like an exciting prospect at first, but it only takes a little thought to realise that it’s a bad idea.

WordCamp London 2017: How and why to use screencasts to train users

I’m speaking again at this year’s WordCamp London. Find out more about my talk on screencasts for user training.

Re-learning to learn to code (and discovering JavaScript’s foibles!)

I don’t know JS So I’ve kinda got stuck in to learning JavaScript. I’ve previously said that I think JavaScript is like the assembler of the web: coding in vanilla JS isn’t really something you should do because it’s too… Continue reading →

Forays into WordPress Technical Developer Screencasts

Perhaps I should be a teacher after all? The whys and hows of my first forays into technical developer screencasts.

Websites without photos

Examples of websites that use no, or very few photos, simplifying design choices, and making them super fast.

Bear Notes – my new favourite Markdown editor and notes app

New iOS/OSX Markdown notes app “Bear” isn’t for everyone, but if you’re an Apple-using, Markdown-writing power user, it’s excellent. My new favourite.

Software doesn’t have to be terrible

TL;DR: We’re coding for the web all wrong. And it’s mostly because of the languages we’re using. We’re piling hack upon hack upon hack. Good coding principles and practices are becoming more common in web development, but I can’t help wishing we… Continue reading →

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