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Steps towards the more ecological web development teams

From 2011-07-24
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Contemporary web technology is rapidly evolving together with the demand for online services and more attractive, more functional and faster websites are born. Some fifteen years ago, when the old looked approximately like most of the websites, and people were uneasy with the noisy sound of connecting modems, most of the websites were less interesting than they are now. Because today, it's even hard to find a website, where you will see "Under Construction" message with the same digging dude everywhere - a common practice in those times (why declaring that something is broken or not fully working?). But now everything virtually physical is available through the Internet - information services like news are easily accessed, every respectful business will happily provide all available data about their products and happily supply goods on your buying-request or will provide any relevant information. In this reality the competition dictates it’s own rules, and so the web technologies with qualified professionals and the demand for them -- all together evolve. With the growing demand grows the supply too. There are plenty of tools for web development, both free and non-free. There are lots of amazing designers, and plenty of charismatic salespeople who will promise you exactly what you want and/or need in exactly the right time, and if you’ll buy it right now you’ll get a "WOW" discount. All of that good stuff looks like the direct relation of the amount of money or professional time spent on the website, which is an indispensable service just like Bill Gates promised many years ago. How does one choose the right people, and the right technology when there is a plethora of them? How one doesn’t get lost in the completely foreign world? The short answer would probably be - you'll need some map that you can understand and trust and you won’t be lost. In this article, I’m going to start outlining such a map.

A Quick Sketch of the Ideal Drupal Site Planning

From 2011-01-16
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Here's a bunch of personal observations for a more effective team collaboration in working environments.

Block - based theming

  • Although .tpl files are slower, the coding flow should always go through .tpls.
  • Everything is a reusable block/partial.

Developing with Open Source Software

From 2010-11-27

Today, according to w3techs, more than two thirds of the web servers are based on Open Source Software (OSS). Also according to the same source, around 77% of websites are written with Open Source languages like PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python. This is a good reason to start being interested in OSS. Taking it a bit further, it seems that OSS is already ripe enough to provide plenty of tools which are enough to create any imaginable HTML based website.

asdf in web development and beyond

From 2010-11-17
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You got it right. The asdf sequence as it may seem at the first glance is a very handy tool. When editing HTML, PHP or other type of code, frequently you need to pause your work and remember the current place in order to copy something from somewhere (maybe from the same big file) and then quickly go back and paste it right where you were focused before. Some people use bookmarks, others remember it. But remembering requires a minimal effort, when the "autopilot mode" is desired.
The quickest and most effective way to do that, is typing asdf. This does two good things to you:
  • First, as you already guessed, it leaves a bookmark. So coming back is just as easy as pressing Ctrl-F and then stroking the magical asdf.
  • Secondly, if you're editing a code which is compiled, then the compilation won't succeed, which means, you'll never forget to come back to this bookmark.

Finally, you can always use similar sequences like zxcv or qwer etc., to add more reminders as required.

Quick Steps to Your Unmanaged VPS

From 2010-08-06
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It's up to you whether to continue with your current shared hosting account, or to upgrade to your own highly-customizable well performing and all-mighty Virtual Private Server!

It usually takes years to understand that shared hosting is not the best solution for you, and that managing your own VPS is not a big deal at all. All is needed is a ridiculously diminutive bunch of knowledge and a big desire to extend it when required.