Dev memories 2013

2013 has been the busiest year of my career by far. I have churned out probably 2 or 3 times the websites of all previous years (heck, I’ve been a key player on the launch 7 sites in the last 2 weeks). It’s also been busy personally with the launch birth of a second child!

A downside is I haven’t had the time for creative exploration or writing that I have in previous years; but this has been a massive time for growth as a developer. Here is my year in review:

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Money

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We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.

- Walt Disney

This is how I feel about making websites, agencies and companies are usually don’t want me to work indefinitely on improving a site though. 

Speaking at Humber College!

On November 8th I’ll be speaking at Humber College on why working on the web is the best job ever. I’ll also be doing a Dreamweaver CC workshop!

Because I want to be the most helpful person ever I am (perhaps against the better judgement of others!) opening the floodgates and encouraging students to shoot me their questions when their attempts to Google fail them. Continue reading

Fresh CSS

I’ve fallen helplessly in love with Sass! It’s made front end fast, and efficient in my day to day – but the only catch is I don’t work alone. I work as a part of a team, and it’s not uncommon for some of our clients to want to get their hands into some styling. We are moving toward a Sass standard, but shifts like this can’t be immediate. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to soften the impact of moving to Sass for a team and clients that haven’t used it. Continue reading

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is a common block of latin text used as placeholders in comps. This ironically is called “greeking”! During the design phase it’s often preferable to use this to actual content, lest the client start reviewing content rather than design.

Ever wonder what this text says? I finally looked it up:  Continue reading

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Don’t try to be ‘good’ at ten things, be great at two things.

These were some of the best words I heard this week. I feel like this is the hundredth time I’ve decided to double down on web design.

Password Security

I kinda wish I never found this: Chrome doesn’t do a fantastic job of keeping your passwords safe. At all (source). In fact, I’m guessing Safari doesn’t either since Chrome can import them. Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.

So what should you do? I recommend 1 Password. You remember one password to unlock it, then it logs you in to other things (I highly recommend you remember your email password as well, you use it often, in many places; and “Lost Password” systems go there). There are competing services, but I like how 1 Password is software that stores a file (mine is in Dropbox (encrypted) to sync on multiple machines).

WordPress Screencast Series

I talk a lot about WordPress with friends, twitter acquaintances, colleagues, clients, random people on the street who are too polite to turn me away etc. I often find myself addressing some of the same topics; so I thought I’d start a screencast series from my YouTube channel. I’m going to update this post with further updates on this topic. Continue reading

Android vs. iPhone

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It’s not really fair to compare a closed ecosystem to an open source one, but let’s try. Android and iOS are the extreme platforms: One is super open, the other super closed.

Apple has 6 different pieces of hardware called an “iPhone”. There have been 6 versions of the OS: 93% of users are on the latest (iOS6), 6% on the second latest.

Android has 11,868 pieces of hardware that qualify as Android phones. There have been 10 versions of the OS: 33% of users are on the latest (Jelly Bean), 25% on the second latest, 37% on the third latest. Continue reading

No.

Probably one of the more important lessons I’ll learn this year is to simply say “no“.

Today friends needed help with a pretty interesting and serious web project. Knowing how busy I’ve been and look like I will be in the immediate future (with work, and life), there was no responsible way I could have taken this on.  Continue reading