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. …

The Continued Failure of the Web as an Information Platform

As I have harped on many times recently, making money off of content on the internet is hard. The advertising model supporting free content that has worked for decades for television simply isn’t working on the web. Even the subscription that is subsidized by advertising (the traditional print content model for newspapers and magazines) only seems to work in very limited cases. …

The Future of Interaction?

Over the past couple years, we’ve become more accustomed to different sorts of interactions with devices. While both Android and iOS had their voice assistants and the XBox One Kinect had voice control for the television, it seemed that it wasn’t until Amazon’s Alexa came around that many people really latched onto voice commands. …