Thoughts on the Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results

StackOverflow released the results of its 2017 Developer Survey. The survey covers a ton of ground including where developers work, how they feel about their pay, which languages and frameworks they like or dislike and much more. I am not going to go into all of the results but wanted to share some thoughts that I had while reading the results. …

Working with Static Sites Officially Available from O'Reilly

I’m happy to announce that the book that I wrote with Raymond Camden, Working with Static Sites is 100% official. As of today, you can even order the print copy, if that’s what you prefer. The goal of the book was to go deeper than the typical examples by showing “real world” uses for static sites as well as delving into a variety of services and deployment options. If you’re curious about exactly what we cover, here’s the TOC: Chapter 1: Why Static Sites? Benefits of Static Sites Chapter 2: Building a Basic Static Site Welcome to Harp Your First...…

Troll Culture Goes Mainstream

The New York Times had an interesting article last week called “How the Trolls Stole Washington”. Beyond the political discussion, what fascinated me was this idea that trolling was a form of counterculture movement that goes beyond the individual troll. Mr. Bungle was a lone wolf, but trolling could also be a communal activity. I’d always looked at internet trolls as an individualized activity purposefully connected with the outside world only inasmuch as it was intended to incite others and garner attention, regardless of how negative. However, I left this article with the impression that there is a connection between...…

The Current State of Development

Yvo Schaap has created an interesting new tool he’s called State.Of.Dev. The idea behind the tool is that it maps out the state of various web, mobile and general development technologies and languages on something like the Gartner Hype Cycle. Yvo explains the basics behind the idea in an artile on dev.to. …

Can Machine Learning Potentially Stop Internet Trolls?

Last week, a new project named the Perspective API was opened to the public by Jigsaw (which is apparently supported by Google). Perspective uses a toxicity scale to try to determine how similar any given text is to other text that people rated as toxic. Details on exactly how they recruited people to help perform these initial ratings isn’t completely clear (according to this article, they presented them to panels of 10 people at a time for feedback), but there is a built-in learning aspect to the ratings (at least as demoed in the writing experiment on the site). Perspective...…

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. …