WordCamp US – State of the Word 2015

December 7, 2015

Last weekend, the first WordCamp US – the biggest WordCamp ever – was held in Philadelphia and of course Matt Mullenweg gave the annual State of the Word Keynote. He talked about a bunch of things including the upcoming version 4.4 (which brings a lot of interesting stuff like term_meta and support for responsive images using srcset) or changes to how translations for plugins and themes in the repository work and he shared some thoughts about the development Calypso, Automattic’s react-based new interface for as well as self-hosted sites with Jetpack enabled. Also, he announced who the lead developers for versions 4.5 (Mike Schroder), 4.6 (Dominik Schilling) and 4.7 (Matt Mullenweg) will be as well as seven new core committers.

He made it very clear how important he thinks JavaScript is and will be in the future and that we all should take on that challenge and learn JavaScript, deeply.

Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2015

Reconsider – David Heinemeier Hansson

November 10, 2015

Our definition of winning didn’t even include establishing that hallowed sanctity of the natural monopoly! We didn’t win by eradicating the competition. By sabotaging their rides, poaching their employees, or spending the most money in the shortest amount of time… We prospered in an AND world, not an OR world. We could succeed AND others could succeed.

All this may sound soft, like we have a lack of aspiration. I like to call it modest. Realistic. Achievable. It’s a designed experience and a deliberate pursuit that recognizes the extremely diminishing returns of life, love, and meaning beyond a certain level of financial success. In fact, not only diminishing, but negative returns for a lot of people.

A great post by David Heinemeier Hansson. Read it!


Future Visions

November 1, 2015

Future Visions

This sounds rather interesting.

Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft is an anthology of short stories written by some of today’s greatest science fiction authors. These visionary stories explore prediction science, quantum computing, real-time translation, machine learning, and much more. The contributing authors were inspired by inside access to leading-edge work, including in-person visits to Microsoft’s research labs, to craft new works that predict the near-future of technology and examine its complex relationship to our core humanity.

Looking forward to read it.

Future Visions

CSS Pro Tips

October 11, 2015

Matt Smith shared some CSS Pro Tips on GitHub. I especially like the following snippet, but there’s a whole lot of other interesting things.

ul > li:not(:last-child)::after {
content: ",";

AllThingsSmitty – CSS Pro Tips (GitHub)

U.S. Web Design Standards

October 1, 2015

U.S. Web Design Standards

The U.S. Government released a complete set of Standards to achieve consistency across federal government websites.

Built and maintained by U.S. Digital Service and 18F designers and developers, this resource follows industry-standard web accessibility guidelines and reuses the best practices of existing style libraries and modern web design. It provides a guide for creating beautiful and easy-to-use online experiences for the American people.

It’s really great to see more and more organizations – and especially governments – create and even release Style Guides for Web Design.

U.S. Web Design Standards