Saving the Programming Princess

Came across this post today, and I wanted to share it. No surprise Javascript is the most popular language right now. Just look at the barrage of frameworks and abstractions out there. I personally love Javascript as it allows me to prototype quickly, but I do feel the pain of its growth.

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Andy & Andy: The XOXO legacy

As a father of three kids, I think a lot about legacy and what I will leave behind for my kids when I’m gone. Hopefully that is a long time from now, but that thinking helps guide me through my daily and longterm decisions. It is a big reason why my wife and I travel with our kids as much as possible. It is also why we both try to keep a healthy balance of work and personal life.

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Favorite email development tools

Developing emails can be as simple as writing some HTML and sending it through an email application, but it’s a bit more nuanced than that when doing complex emails. Here are some tools that help keep me consistent:

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Why I prefer email development

It’s no secret web developers and designers generally don’t like working on emails. Heck most of us don’t even like receiving or processing email, and often the emails that are “designed” are the ones we send immediately to spam or trash. However there are some reasons why email development can actually be rewarding and easier to deal with.

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Concatenating and minifying WordPress plugin http requests

Chris Coyier answers listener question on ShopTalk Show podcast:

41:00 We use WordPress for all client sites and have pretty efficient gulp setup with sass compiling and concatenation. But as soon as you start to use a few wordpress plugins that all come with their own scripts and stylesheets the whole “Limited http requests” is out the window. Is there a way to get our theme to intercept the plugin scripts and stylesheets and combine them with my own and that way limit the amount of http requests?

Definitely adding Minqueue to my arsenal of WordPress plugins and tools!

Follow links vs no follow links

Another SEO mystery solved for me:

Megan Marrs, writing for WordStream

Follow links are links that count as points, pushing SEO link juice and boosting the page rank of the linked-to sites, helping them go higher in the SERPs as a result.

A no follow link is a link that does not count as a point in the page’s favor, does not boost PageRank, and doesn’t help a page’s placement in the SERPs.

As a webmaster, you might find yourself wondering when to use the no follow attribute and when to allow for do follow links. No follow links primarily belong in:

Paid links (it wouldn’t be fair to buy link juice, now would it?)
Anything involving what Google calls “untrusted content”