From Cordova to Bots to Serverless - An Interview with Brian Leroux

Brian Leroux is one of the featured speakers at The Future of Development online event that I am running next Friday, December 15 at 12pm ET. You can sign up for free today . Brian and I crossed paths when we both worked for Adobe - he was helping to lead PhoneGap and Apache Cordova, both of which fell under my areas of focus within my role at the time. A couple years later, we bumped into each other at PhoneGap Day in Salt Lake City and he told me about his new startup focused on bots, but recently he's...…

That Topic Has Already Been Covered!

The other day Chris Coyier tweeted something I wholeheartedly agree with: Write the article you wish you found when you googled something.— Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) October 30, 2017 This is great advice. However, I read, write and edit a lot of developer-focused content. In the course of this, I’ve seen a a frequent criticism of content along these lines which is that this topic has already been sufficiently covered - and usually not stated as diplomatically. These comments are along the lines of this one from a recent article I published (but didn’t write): Oh boy, another one of these...…

Changing Roles as a Developer Can Be Scary

As a developer, I love learning new things! As a developer, learning new things scares me! Although perhaps seemingly contradictory, both these things are true about me. No developer can remain stagnant and succeed. The industry changes too much and too quickly for that. However, in most cases, these can be small shifts that build upon a foundation of expertise. These small shifts can add up to be significant over the course of years, but the underlying foundations were never threatened. That is the course I set out in the first half of my career. I started out as a...…

Developers Need to Start Paying Attention to Licenses

Anyone who claims to be a fan of mashups (which, admittedly, had their moment that seems to have passed) knows Girl Talk. Girl Talk (aka Gregg Michael Gillis) had a crazy style of mashup made up of short, somewhat chaotic samples, usually blended together into one full “album”-worth of music. …

Developing JavaScript in 2017 (Recording)

The other week I held the first event under the banner of Certified Fresh Events. The event focused on JavaScript and the way the language and JavaScript development are changing. Raymond Camden first tried to make sense of all the new language features in ES6 and ES7. Next TJ VanToll explained what caused him to get over his initial skepticism of TypeScript. …

5 Options for Free Stock Images

Imagery is important to creating good content, but it can also be expensive. If you have the budget, please, by all means, go for the Getty Images or other sources. These images are usually extremely high quality and you’ll almost always find a photo that perfectly suits your needs. But what if you don’t have that budget? Well, thankfully, there are some really great options. The ticky part is you may have to get creative because your options are limited - making it tough to find the perfect image - but all of these sources offer high resolution, high quality...…