Confessions of a Web Developer XII
First impressions, second thoughts, and third degree...
- I can't make up my mind on Twitter. On one hand, they've made their name by allowing 3rd party development to flourish, and now they seem to be shutting people out. There's a feeling of betrayal, like we've been suckered in and now that they've got us, they change the rules. On the other hand, it's a free service and we're owed nothing.
- I'm not sure web developers know how under attack they are from mobile devices and "native." We need to band together to improve tools like PhoneGap and Titanium, as well as support the Firefox Marketplace and Firefox OS (formerly Boot2Gecko). We grew up loving the web -- let's ensure it lasts.
- Though I don't quite get it yet, Pinterest seems like the new Digg. Funny pics, viral stuff, but not sure there's a true value. I appreciate the house tips my wife has pinned though...
- on* attributes are incredibly useful for AJAX-driven sites. The alternative is event delegation; the problem, however, is that event delegation effects every event of the desired type -- on* just fires on that element. Way more efficient.
- It should be mandatory that WordPress plugins with CSS and/or JS files have options to disable them. Otherwise you must override the plugin's styles, guessing specificity or littering your style declarations with !important. Pain. In. The. Ass.
- When redesigning a blog, make it an absolute that you must finish it in a month, otherwise you get tired of your own design before it goes live.
- My Mozilla coworker, affectionately nicknamed "Tofu Matt", recently posted one of my favorite tweets: "I'm drinking beer on a Brazilian rooftop after hanging out with developers all night and I'm going to London tomorrow. http://careers.mozilla.org/". Mozilla is an incredible place to work. Tell 'em David sent you!
- The return of Script & Style warms my heart. So much inspiration; I hope that everyone else enjoys it as much as I do. The new S&S site will launch with my redesign next week...
- My redesign experience got me to dig deeper into the WordPress API and now that I've used it a bit, I have to say it's very nice. Now I understand why there are blogs dedicated entirely to the popular CMS.
- I still can..and can't...believe the fall of Digg. Digg was epic in its tech story days, eventually became a funny pics site, was rumored to be sold for $100m+ at one point, and in the end, it was sold for $500k. Shocking....
- I'm incredibly humbled by the group of people who have guest-posted for my blog relaunch. Flattered they'd do it and I hope you all enjoy hearing from someone other than me.
And there you have it. Feel free to let me know where I'm rubbish.