Enough with the Developer Surveys Already

The developer survey seems to have become a mainstay of technical blogs lately. I don’t mean to pick on anyone in particular, but the problem is, almost every one does not pass the eye test. This isn’t surprising when you think about it though. There are several problems with these surveys that prevent them from really being representative of the community they want to represent. …

Is the Native Mobile App Ecosystem Worth Saving?

The native mobile app ecosystem is facing some major challenges. Some have even argued that it is in need of saving. Before we get there, though, let’s examine what the problems are. About 5 years ago, we were in the middle of a modern “gold rush” with companies eager to establish a presence in the app stores. The iOS App Store opened in 2008 and it had already reached its 10 billionth download by 2011. The Android Market (now called Google Play) reached its 10 billionth download in late 2011 as well, having launched in 2008 as well. It’s no...…

Some Advanced Jekyll/Liquid Template Techniques

Generally speaking, Liquid templates for Jekyll are pretty easy to create - Liquid is a powerful templating tool and offers a large number of helpers and formatters to get complex tasks done. However, recently I had the opportunity to build a site that required me to use some techniques I’d never needed before with Liquid and Jekyll. …

Get Started with Static Site Generators

In the early days of the web, there was no such category as “static sites” - the web was made up of static resources. This was a maintainable solution when the web was simple. That didn’t last long. Static sites had enormous limitations that made them an impractical solution for most web sites - even the relatively simple ones. More recently, however, a combination of asynchronous content, third-party services and new tools, called static site generators, have made the old skool static site both feasible and cool again. Tools like Jekyll are used to run thousands of sites across the...…

Which Free Code Editor Is Right For You?

We live in a day and age as web developers where our biggest complaint seems to be a overabundance of free tools. In the case of code editors, there are a few prominent free ones: Atom, Brackets and, most recently, Visual Studio Code. Each editor has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Each is backed by a large corporation - GitHub for Atom, Adobe for Brackets and Microsoft for Visual Studio Code - so obviously they will be geared towards the target audience of each respective company. …

Picking the Right Speakers for Conferences

I have been involved in events for some years, ever since running Flex Camp Boston back in 2007 and as recently as handling many aspects of the planning, in particular the speaker lineup, for this year’s TelerikNEXT event. I’ve also served on conference committees for events like QCon New York and Fluent. In my personal experience, the hardest part of running events are getting the word out and choosing the right speakers. Arguably, choosing the right speakers can heavily impact your ability to get the word out - after all, your content is the biggest selling point of your event. …