A Web Developer Is…

As I expected (and mentioned in my post on Monday), there was much more to PPK’s controversial slide statement than just being incendiary. First, Adrian Holovaty, the attendee who posted the offending tweet that set off the whole controversy, posted more thorough details on what he got out of the presentation and what he thought PPK meant by that slide. However, PPK himself has responded by asking, “What is a web developer?”

Posted on: 14 February 2017 | 11:00 pm

Developers, It’s ok Not to be Right About Everything

Late last week, there was a big todo about a recent presentation by PPK. Here’s the part that seemed to offend some:

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 11:00 pm

Twitter Tries to Rein in Abuse

Twitter has apparently finally laid out a real plan to combat abuse on its site. It’s been a long time coming. (Rumor was that rampant abuse even scuttled the potential Disney buyout.)

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 11:00 pm

How Static Site Generators Work

Anyone who follows this site knows that I have an unhealthy obsession with static site generators. One of the things that I like about them is the straightforwardness of what they do - take some combination of lightweight markup and templates and compile those into static HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Posted on: 31 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Ad Blocking on the Rise?

Recently, I discussed an article that argued that we may have avoided the so-called “ad block apocalypse.” Today, a new study may signal quite the opposite. This new study by PageFair says that ad-blocking increased 30% worldwide year-over-year. I was dubious at the time of the prior article, and this confirms my suspicions that the situation is getting worse.

Posted on: 31 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Continued Failure of the Web as an Information Platform

As I have harped on many times recently, making money off of content on the internet is hard. The advertising model supporting free content that has worked for decades for television simply isn’t working on the web. Even the subscription that is subsidized by advertising (the traditional print content model for newspapers and magazines) only seems to work in very limited cases.

Posted on: 30 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Future of Interaction?

Over the past couple years, we’ve become more accustomed to different sorts of interactions with devices. While both Android and iOS had their voice assistants and the XBox One Kinect had voice control for the television, it seemed that it wasn’t until Amazon’s Alexa came around that many people really latched onto voice commands.

Posted on: 26 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Impact of Bullying

I’ve talked about the Heavyweight podast recently. Today I wanted to briefly discuss an episode that really had an impact on me - both on a personal level and as it relates to my profession.

Posted on: 23 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Constant Stream of Tech Layoffs

The word today is that Microsoft is laying off about 700 people next week. Last week, my employer laid off about 450. (Of course, on a percentage basis, our layoff was significantly bigger than Microsoft’s upcoming one as it was about 20% of the company.)

Posted on: 22 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Rising Stars for Static Site Generators in 2016

Best.of.js published its list of rising stars for 2016. This list uses the number of GitHub stars added on a project over the course of the year to determine which projects are trending the most for the year. This may be an imperfect measure, to be sure, but it is at least illustrative of interest on some level in a project.

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | 11:00 pm