I really love how people are tweeting and discussing iOS 11 features as if they are available today. And by love I mean it’s not cool.
So does the GitHub mirror of WordPress stop syncing while prepping for a release? Last commit showing was 5/18 https://github.com/WordPress/WordPress/commits/master
Lots of new activity and discussion about feeds and feed reading lately with JSON feed added to the mix, now comes a new open source reader from the creator of NetNewsWire, Evergreen. Worth keeping an eye on. I’d love to see micropub support built in for sharing to your own indieweb blog.
I have an Amazon Fire TV stick, but haven’t used the Alexa on the remote much at all, but news that the Echo & Alexa now integrates with Apple Calendar & Reminders has me intrigued. I know there are rumors Apple may be entering the market with their own competing device, and I’ll certainly hold off on pulling the trigger, but definitely shifts me into may buy column if Apple doesn’t actually enter the fray. WIll be an interesting June.
I need to be looking at another static site generator like I need a hole in the head, but here I am. https://hexo.io
So, this tweet
reminds me of a lesson taught by a chef early in my career. For one, he came on to the team not introduced as the new chef, just another cook. It wasn’t until a week later was that announced. It wasn’t a trial, it was what he requested.
One night over a beer and a heated chess match, I asked him why did he do that. The primary reason was he wanted to see how people worked naturally, not “being on their best behavior.” The other reason was the one that has always stuck with me.
He said often chefs come in and want to change everything. Often that’s why they were hired, a failing restaurant, be it critical failing, finacial, or usually, both. But he said knowing why something is done a way is often the key to knowing what to fix.
That has stuck with me in every aspect of my professional life. It’s easy to say something is broken, or being done wrong, but unless you understand how it got to that point, you aren’t wholly solving the problem. Understanding the underlying issues that created the undesired result prevents you from repeating the failure.
So next time you read some code, or start a new job and see someone doing it wrong, don’t jump to conclusions. Rather, if you truly want to fix it, follow it to its source and know why first.
The scale the system is operating at is really amazing. Let’s look at some numbers…
There are over 250,000 reachable Git commits in the history for this repo, over the past 4 months.
- 8,421 pushes per day (on average)
- 2,500 pull requests, with 6,600 reviewers per work day (on average)
- 4,352 active topic branches
- 1,760 official builds per day
Truly amazing. Kuddos for the efforts Windows engineering has put into this.
In my ongoing experiments with both a realignment of meyerweb’s design and CSS Grid, I came up with an interesting heading-and-subheading technique I’d like to share.
Interesting take on using grids for something other than basic layout
Seven habits I admire in developers that I see consistently shipping great, user-centric features.
Some great tips here from Ben, especially “over communicate”, especially true for distributed teams.
When it comes to feature development, there is no such thing as over-communicating. What problem are we solving? Who are we solving it for? Why are we solving this problem? What solutions were proposed? Which was selected? How are we implementing it? What product or design considerations did we make? Do we have to make technical tradeoffs? Are there any outstanding questions? Does it actually solve what we set out to solve? What’s the current status? Are there any blockers? What do we need to do to ship it? Make it all explicit, memorialized, and discoverable.
“In our blessed land we all come to the table of democracy as equals.” Mayor Mitch Landrieu on removal of statues http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments
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This looks like a really smart layer for git development. http://www.git-town.com