Items tagged development

The pendulum of complexity is swinging, but Grunt and Gulp are useful tools, just like Photoshop and ProTools
On the pointlessness of apps (especially ones built with public money) and the value of the web.
Some thoughts on the most important qualities for a senior developer.
Camus, code, grammatical nerd sniping, and why caring about standards is like being condemned to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill.
Reflections on the Smashing Barcelona conference
From a front-end point of view, most of the noise being made about changes from Drupal 7 to 8 have been around Twig and the libraries API. From my (limited) experience with Drupal 8 so far, both of these seem to be very positive changes.
The hows and whys of making code review part of a development workflow
I’m sure most developers have had the experience of buying a book on a new programming language, working through the first couple of chapters, being completely uninspired, and giving up on it. So you built a hello world app, who cares? Even if you make it through the whole book, what have you achieved? Besides, by the time the book comes out, it’s probably out of date already. There has to be a better way to learn. And there is.
It’s good to take the opportunity to clean up your code as you go along, especially on big projects that will be maintained for a while. After all, the chances that you'll go back and fix those little things later is pretty slim.
On the importance of systems-based thinking in design and development for large projects

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