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01 Feb 2016

Mythical Man Month – The Woes of the Craft (Tar Pit)


The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. is an essay (and later a book) where every other paragraph feels like a great stand-alone quote, with real developer wisdom. To pick just one of many great paragraphs:

22 Jan 2016

Vim Registers

Dev Vim

I’ve been using Vim registers a lot more recently. This post is my cheat-sheet for how registers work in Vim and a few useful actions:

16 Nov 2015

Quickly setup WP Plugin Unit Tests

Dev WordPress

I am finding wp-cli increasingly useful. For those who haven’t come across it before—as the name suggests—it is a command line interface for WordPress. This in itself is fairly useful as a standalone tool for blog management (just run wp to see the possibilities!). For developers it also has a handy feature for bootstrapping plugin unit tests.

10 Oct 2015

An API for T-Shirts

Asides Dev

Prior to a trip earlier this year to the Isle of Wight I’d come across Rapanui. They’re a clothing brand that have some inspirational business values; acting in a sustainable way, using recycled material and supporting the economy around where their business is based. As if that isn’t cool enough, they also have a whole API for making t-shirts!

07 Sep 2015

CSS Table of Contents – Useful!


Stylesheets are those sort of files which often seem to get sloppy quite quickly. Compared to other files in a web project these perhaps don’t get much attention after the initial build. The temptation is to just make a quick edit, check your change works, then save and get out of there. Perhaps the problem is the lack of structure compared to a fully fledged application file.

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