Corporate Culture is Pervasive and Resilient

There isn’t a lot to say that hasn’t already been said about Susan Fowler’s recount of her time at Uber. On the one hand. I am heartened by the growing backlash that is well-deserved. I am disheartened that it took so many years for us to realize what a horribly immoral company Uber appears to be. …

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?” …

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: Preach on, @ppk. Brilliant talk tonight about what went wrong in modern frontend web development. Too many tools, too little thinking. pic.twitter.com/1jxaP97hsq— Adrian Holovaty (@adrianholovaty) February 9, 2017 This seemed to be following a larger theme you’ll often find amongst developers along the lines of “You’re not a real developer if…” It’s a tool often used to marginalize groups. Heck, it’s something I heard often lobbed at web developers early in my career (at least in that manner,...…

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.) One of the interesting aspects of this is that Twitter claims that they will somehow work to prevent serial abusers from simply opening a new account with a different email. They were vague on the details of how they intend to prevent this (I suspect that they will need to remain vague so as not to make it that much easier to bypass). I’ve been fortunate in that...…

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. …

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. …