I enjoy public speaking. I am very thankful to James for years of gentle cajoling to get me on stage at the WordPress Melbourne meetup.
I’ve realised the audience is at a meetup or conference to enjoy themselves, they’re on the speaker’s side and they want them to do well.
The audience will forgive a speaker stumbling over a sentence or fudging a line because the audience wants to learn from the speaker.
I still get very nervous and need to sit quietly before a talk but knowing the audience is looking to have fun does help settle the nerves.
The language of technology is easy. It’s evolving so new terms come in the lexicon gradually and we pick them up as they arrive.
At least, that’s how I find it. I’ve grown up with tech – right back to the secondhand Apple IIe given to me as a kid and the World Wide Web I discovered at university.
For someone obliged to use technology it’s harder. Mention browser tabs to them and they may ask what a browser is? What does it do?
When creating websites it pays to remember that for most people: the language of technology is hard.
The new WordPress default theme includes a block of CSS to fix layout of the headers in browsers supporting the
The CSS makes use of feature queries. It’s the first time a WordPress default theme has used
@supports and I’m really pleased to see it.
I was reminded about feature queries earlier this year when I saw Jen Simmons speak. I’ll be keeping them in mind more often.
The code was simple, concatenate a string to form a selector:
'#in-category-' . termId. Undefined. Always undefined.
I started dumping all sorts of things in the console to debug.
termId was defined. The code was passing through conditional statements correctly.
I was just about to send the diff to my work mate Dzikri with the note “this is the general idea but I’ve made a silly mistake” when I saw it.
I’ve noticed this immediately in people’s code. I’m sure you did too.
I’m not sure what bothers me the most. How quickly I got used to them, or their presence.
The them I am referring to are the armed guards at the Nasdaq headquarters in Times Square. They’re armed with assault riffles.
This freaked me out when I first passed the building. We have armed guards in Australia, never have I seen anything more than a revolver. On my second or third passing, it just became part of the background.
The question I’ve been asking since is: Times Square is famously crowded day and night, how does this go well? It can’t.
As we transition from HTTP 1.1 to HTTP 2, developers need to consider how the visitor’s protocol affects the performance of our sites. Code that improves performance over one protocol, can hinder performance over the other.
HTTP2 is the first major update to the HTTP protocol in around 20 years, taking into account the way we use the web today. Even front-end developers can benefit from an understanding of the protocols.
Earlier this year I spoke about HTTP2 and performance at Web Directions Respond in both Melbourne and Sydney. If you were unable to attend, here’s the video of the Melbourne event followed by the slides.
Friday, work published the post announcing I’ve joined Human Made.
In a relatively short time at the new gig, I’ve started feeling quite at home, in no small part helped by the fact I already knew the Australian humans from within the Australian WordPress community. A lot of the Human Made staff globally contribute back to the WordPress, many of them I had met through Slack channels, at WordCamps or otherwise.
Two years ago I wrote about moving from client services into product development at Exari. I’m incredibly proud of the work I did at Exari, working with the team there helped produce some of the best code I’ve written over the course of my career.
There has been some discussion as to the usability of the hamburger symbol. Jeremy Keith has a brief summary in his journal.
The question becomes, is it necessary to label the hamburger icon. I bought a new PVR recently, I think the remote control answers this question nicely.
2015 was a good year, a lot of things going on professionally and personally.
In crib note form, here are some of the highlights:
FitVids.js is a jQuery plugin used to create fluid videos. It helps makes video embeds from YouTube, Vimeo and a number of other sources display nicely on responsive sites.
FitVids calculates the ratio of a video, wraps it in a div and sets the padding to enforce a ratio. A typical 4:3 YouTube embed starts as: