Free time coding has been non-existent lately. But I have been catching up on podcasts and articles.
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I was doing a number of security code audits over the last few months, and in that time, a number of interesting and in depth articles crossed my media feeds. Here’s a quick reading list rundown for the security minded. Continue reading
Over the last several months, I’ve been gaining experience with WordPress’ Multisite setup. This post is a bit of a brain dump of things I’ve found or learned along the way. Continue reading
I have built or maintained a number of custom WordPress themes over the last few years and I’m big on making testing/validation as easy as possible. I’ve had some experience with unit testing through my Symfony and Python work and I wanted to do the same with WordPress. However, testing the look and feel of a website doesn’t easily fall within the scope of unit tests. When I first heard people talking about style guides, it felt like an intriguing and natural solution to this problem… But how to make use of it?
This is the nature of maintaining software. You step into a role and are handed a repository of code. There may be a lot of it, and it’s quality is questionable at best. There may even be a ton of cruft. I recently encountered one such repo involving a 7 year old WordPress Multisite. Additionally, there were a number of custom database tables and php CRUD apps were built alongside & intertwined with this MU instance. About a year before I joined the project, the old Multisite instance became the basis for a new website, and a number of themes, plugins, library code, and log files were unnecessarily added to the new repository. Even if one performs
git rm, those files will still remain in the history and would be downloaded with every new clone. Since it was still relatively early enough in the project’s history (and that I was the only active developer), I decided to try some more advanced git magic to purge these files.
Over the past few months, I have done some house cleaning on the podcasts I listen to and the blogs I regularly read. Taking stock of one’s inputs is good to do now and then, and I figured it would be nice to capture this and share. Here are mine: Continue reading
I get a geeky sense of enjoyment from finding uses for HTML’s
dl element. I think part of it comes from my desire to categorize and describe things. There are 2 variations on the same use case that I typically come across. Continue reading
I didn’t do this before I switched jobs (and laptops), so no time like the present. Here is a quick run down of my basic mac setup to help me with my software development work.
It’s spring here in Champaign-Urbana, which means it’s time for the Illini Marathon and WebCon. I didn’t get to participate in the former this year (good thing too because a severe thunderstorm rolled through mid race), but I did go to WebCon. Here are my (very) rough notes and take aways from the sessions I went to. Continue reading
I know this post is a bit late… ok, really late. 2014 proved to be a very full and active year, marked by the arrival of our new daughter mid summer.
I never fully appreciated how much one’s schedule will change when a child is thrown into the mix, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Ok, down to the business at hand.