The People Business

My paraphrasing of Zeynep Tufekci's tweet from October 2017: Via Sara Wachter-Boettcher.

Get Involved: Engineering Managers Community

If you manage technical teams, are looking to grow and learn and broaden your network — you might enjoy connecting with this community of peers from all around the world: Engineering Manager Slack. I've enjoyed participating in the discussions around books, conferences, remote companies, and more. Useful to both get a new perspective once in a … Continue reading Get Involved: Engineering Managers Community

Reboot Heroku as Last Step After Pushing

A computing tip from my friend and WordPress web engineer extraordinaire Chris Marslender. When pushing code to a Heroku app, make the last step be an action to reboot the app, with something like Hubot. So any time code changes, the server restarts. So if someone is offline and the server isn't running, you can push … Continue reading Reboot Heroku as Last Step After Pushing

Review: The Way of the Web Tester

This is a book review of The Way of the Web Tester by Jonathan Rasmusson. Hat tip: Alister Scott. A beginner's guide to automated testing, though not specific to the web, despite the title. Covering the quintessential pyramid of UI, integration, and unit tests as well as basic building blocks of HTML, CSS, HTTP and REST … Continue reading Review: The Way of the Web Tester

SSH Config for Slow Connections

Via Andy Skelton in 2010, proving once again that great advice is timeless. With these lines in your SSH config file—usually in .ssh directory in your user home directory—you'll enjoy a more reliable remote shell session. # Do not kill connection if route is down temporarily. TCPKeepAlive no # Allow ten minutes down time before giving … Continue reading SSH Config for Slow Connections

Review: Forge, a Tool for Bootstrapping a WordPress Theme

Forge is a tool for quickly developing a WordPress theme built by the fine folks at The Theme Foundry. Forge is a free command-line toolkit for bootstrapping and developing WordPress themes in a tidy environment using front-end languages like Sass, LESS, and CoffeeScript. During the early development process of this year's default theme for WordPress, … Continue reading Review: Forge, a Tool for Bootstrapping a WordPress Theme

Site Testing With Alkaline and Load Impact

I came across two new (to me) tools today for testing websites, Alkaline and Load Impact. Alkaline is a new Mac application from Litmus that allows you to “tests your website designs across 17 different Windows browsers right from your Mac desktop.” It works as a standalone app, or with Coda and TextMate using plugins. … Continue reading Site Testing With Alkaline and Load Impact

Google's SEO Starter Guide

Google now offers a guide in PDF form to get you started with SEO best practices. The guide is chock full of great tips on navigation, meta elements, website promotion, headings, and much more. So, the next time we get the question, “I’m new to SEO, how do I improve my site?”, we can say, … Continue reading Google's SEO Starter Guide

Travel Internet Connection: EVDO vs. Satellite

To prepare for the transition to full-time RV living, I invested in a mobile satellite internet kit designed for RVers in early 2006. Until recently, this was my main internet connection. I have found that the satellite system works great in most places, and generally provides a steady connection when in rural areas where no … Continue reading Travel Internet Connection: EVDO vs. Satellite

Beautiful URLs

In URLs Can Be Beautiful, Chris Shiflett explains how he built beautiful URLs for OmniTI. I agree whole-heartedly that URLs can and should be beautiful, and I firmly believe they should not only look good, but should also be useful, meaningful, and “discoverable.” In the case of OmniTI, the first subcategory in the URL is … Continue reading Beautiful URLs