- Published: October 07, 2015 October 07, 2015
Stumbled across a great article today called The End of Global CSS. It covers the shortcomings of the CSS we know and love put up with, such as terminology battles, unintended side effects, and an implementation method inconsistent with most of modern computing.
As the article states, "No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability."
I haven't had a good chance to test the method yet, but in its state of intent, it does what many great products usually do: they solve a problem you didn't know you had.
Think CSS isn't a problem? How about after this scenario: make changes to your CSS in the confidence you're not inadvertently changing elements elsewhere in the page.
Sound familiar? As the author says, "We’ve introduced a sane scoping model to our CSS." Read the article for the full effect.
- Published: July 02, 2015 July 02, 2015
Overall I've been very happy with the versions of Joomla 3. Here's a brief highlight of items I like, and perhaps a few I don't:
- The Update Manager is a vast improvement over previous update methods. I administer a site using a "competing" CMS, and it still relies upon file management for updating software. It's barbaric every time I lay my hands on it. "Where's my rock knife to run the FTP?"
- Another big step is Version Management, for salvaging previous article iterations. For the sake of your users, activate this tool, and you might find yourself using it as well.
- This isn't my area of expertise, but the eco-system for both quality free and commercial extensions seems healthy.
- Published: October 09, 2014 October 09, 2014
Relentless flare ups of creativity and innovation in the web dev field continue to surprise me. Today, October 9th 2014, one of the hottest apps going is called Ethan. What does it do? Oh, it lets you message a guy named Ethan. Full name: Ethan Gliechtenstein.
What?! Why would this be the top app? Because it's such a simple idea, it's beautiful.
It's creator realized he wanted a simple way for his friends to contact him. He says he's been moving himself away from Facebook, and this was his solution. It's beauty is in how perfectly it solves a problem many of us face. We want to contact those closest to us, and we have so many ways, sometimes it's unclear which is the best. Imagine if you had a direct messaging line to your partner, or your best friend, or your children.
After the app took off, it appears to have morphed into a stranger-to-stranger random advice service. But the requests for customized versions have been pouring in, and right there is the wonderful intersection of creativity and innovation.
- Published: May 23, 2014 May 23, 2014
The latest tweak from Google to its search algorithm has further squeezed low-quality content. But some at eBay may strongly disagree with that opinion. Apparently the new adjustment, dubbed Panda 4.0, has hammered up to 80% of eBay's search results.
Winners and losers from the adjustment have been ranked. Hammered as well is Ask.com, yellowpages.com, history.com among many others. Winners include glassdoor.com, , and somewhat surprisingly buzzfeed.com. While some might question Buzzfeed's approach, they are apparently being awarded by the Google adjustment for providing new, original content.
The initial takeaway from this is: your original content can't just be your own, it has to strive to be original. So while in the past a site might have been able to garner search results for yet another article on properly cooking an egg, or explain what basketball is, now a more original zest for content will be supposedly awarded.
- Published: April 11, 2014 April 11, 2014
The flow of the DNS and Domain records at my employer is just spaghetti. No rational person would set it up this way. But it haphazardly evolved over time without proper stewardship.
However, at this point, if I pull too hard on a strand to attempt a fix, I'll get a big sloppy meatball in my lap. ("Big Sloppy Meatball" is technical jargon for a broken email system).
So to make sense of it, I made some quick graphs. Not the best ever, and there are definitely are some inconsistencies in the logic. But I'm still happy with how it turned out. When I look at it, I feel like, "yeah, I can do this."
Can't ask for much more than that from some simple graphs.