Digital accessibility advocacy tips from a web developer’s perspective, all focusing on building accessibility support into our daily work.
Notes from a replatform effort from Nuxt to Astro, including setup, struggles, migration, and finding solutions for search and sitemap.
Using a real estate analogy, I share why budget is a critical question that should be considered carefully when starting a new software dev project.
How to use native web components inside an Astro project, with a few isolated examples and explanation of some issues I had to navigate.
I have a sometimes unhealthy obsession with my todo list, here I share some intentional self awareness strategies I use to periodically recalibrate
A brief bulleted recap of State of the Browser 2023 from my perspective, including the decision to sponsor, and a bit about traveling to London to attend in person.
I wanted memorable and personal business cards to share. Here’s my process towards a unique experience that encourages further engagement.
The last freelance journey post, covering the past few weeks of progress including open source contributions, site updates, and a new project!
Step by Step guide to adding the Eleventy Style Guide Generator to an existing site. Details on how to avoid needing WebC or Design Tokens included.
Step by step guide to gathering post categories and tags from the WordPress REST API for better filtering and discoverability in an Eleventy blog.
The simplicity and speed of Eleventy with the organization of a self documenting design system. Style guide generator that incorporates design tokens, fluid typography, and WebC components.
Weeks four and five freelance journey check in, touches on a contract opportunity I chose not to pursue, how I’m getting more organized, and other progress & plans.
Week three check in on my freelance web developer journey. Some more networking, my first big proposal rejection, and some coding progress for an 11ty style guide generator.
This is a follow up post from the “Ideal Client and Project”, continuing my introspective journey as I iterate on my various online presences that I’d roughly call my “personal brand”.
Week two check in on my journey towards going independent. Setting up more operations, networking for freelance web development projects, and took a couple days off.
There’s a surprising amount of introspection required when you decide to go freelance. One is to figure out “the ideal” client and project. Here’s my process so far.
A week since I shared I’m going freelance, which was a week after being laid off. Keeping that weekly cadence for a bit as I continue to figure things out.
I’m manifesting a decade old dream and moving towards independent web development consulting. Here’s some reflection of the past week, and how I came to choose this exciting next adventure.
I was laid off, this post is where I share some of the research I had done, my reflections from the first few days, and an open invite to chat with others affected.
With an ever growing list of interesting content and limited time to read it all, this is how I’ve been more intentional about how I organize and parse.
SVG based plaid swatch generator, choose your five colors and generate a unique plaid pattern that you can download and share.
A successful productivity experiment that has reduced my anxiety and lets me give myself permission to relax in the evenings.
How I personally categorize newsletters, how that categorization has influenced how they’re organized, and how much attention they get as a result.
How to switch from Lambda@Edge to a single CloudFront function for serving static content from an AWS S3 bucket, with redirects and basic auth included!
Sentry limits transactions per month, this shows how to conserve them by ignoring specific Laravel PHP routes you don’t need to trace later.
A collection of resources that helped me get Webmentions set up on the blog posts for this site.
Code that introduces automated anchor links to headlines in Eleventy dynamic-loaded content. Improves accessibility and makes content sharing easier!
Solving layout flickering (or animation flashing) happening on browser resize caused by CSS transitions, with live before and after examples!
Step-by-step guide to date-based global data sorting in Eleventy, including automated by file last modified and manually via a data property
I get asked “how do I get started in technical leadership” enough that I decided to share a bit of what has helped me grow over the years.
Reflections on my strengths and weaknesses both professionally and personally, with an action plan to leverage the strengths and improve on the weaknesses.
Composable Architecture Powered by WordPress part 2 – How to pull content from a WordPress RESTful API into an Eleventy generated static site.
Brief description of the common “server key has changed” error, and details on how to fix it on a Mac local server environment.
Quick writeup of how I handled a pervasive Intervention Image error “Intervention\Image\Exception\NotReadableException” in a Laravel app.
One developers journey toward content authoring nirvana. Thought process, decisions, and source code for a WordPress composable architecture.
Some notes on how I prepared for the CPACC Certification exam and reflecting on the exam itself.
Details of how I implemented dark mode on Be Inclusive, including some issues I encountered along the way.
A background image compromise to support IE11 while also giving modern browsers the best experience using CSS object-fit. Presented with detailed problem, solution, examples, and alternatives.
It’s easier to set well-defined, achievable goals when you base them on long-term, general goals. A personal mission statement and thinking in terms of roles can help.
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we explore how building empathy is fundamental to improving our approach to web accessibility.
Why you should care about vertical rhythm and modular scale, defines them, and a demonstration on how to integrate them into your next project.
The term “Soft Skills” covers a broad spectrum of topics in interpersonal, communication, leadership, and personal skills. These are arguably the most important skills for your career, but by definition, they are also difficult to measure.
Tips to help you embrace the budget and time constraints of your project while testing in mobile browsers.
Tracing the path we took to accomplish a unique, cohesive design system for multiple sites within a single Content Management System (CMS) platform installation.
While working on a responsive refresh of the Upshot website I came across some buggy behavior when mixing an off-canvas menu with a fixed position element on the page. I realize that fixed elements have had a history of bugginess in iOS and detailed articles have already been written. However, I hadn’t seen what was occurring for me […]
As a web developer the potential for career stagnation – feeling stuck, idle, and lacking progression – is higher than average. With technology constantly being improved and reinvented it’s amazingly easy to find yourself falling behind. I’ve felt this way several times over the years, to the point where I’ve started to also notice what […]
I had a friend ask me earlier this week if I knew of any resources that could point him in the right direction on how to create a PHP page of tabular data that had the ability to be both filtered and sorted. We both weren’t able to find anything suitably simplified so the underlying […]
Pad, Reduce, Chunk I lumped these three functions together because I doubt I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve used any of them. Though once you understand what they do there are several applications for them that would make development cleaner if not also just plain easier. Here they are in […]
I find that I go through productivity phases, generally the two I am most cognizant of are what I can loosely refer to as recharge and release. When recharging I feel I read a lot more than usual. I catch up on a backlog of articles I flagged, dig into books I had been meaning […]
I’ve been working with PHP for several years, dare I say a decade at this point, and I’m still surprised at functions I’ve never or rarely used. In an attempt to share in my delight of discovering these gems and hopefully enlighten others to some very helpful functions, I’m going to try to start a […]
Just came across a new issue I hadn’t dealt with before, apparently once a file (in my case a very large error_log file) reaches 2GB or 2,147,483,647 bytes it can’t work with the file anymore. In this case the system couldn’t write to the error log and threw an Internal Server Error. I didn’t realize what the […]
For the longest time, I’ve been unconsciously transposing URI and URL (with the occasional sprinkling of “web address”) in conversations and correspondences without ever really considering that they are abbreviations for two different things. That is until I decided to finally read up on these confounding abbreviations and got the proper info on the real difference between URL and URI. So you […]
With a mixture of a few techniques added to the .htaccess or httpd.conf files, you can reduce the pageload and the bandwith usage of your website fairly easily. In the examples below i’m referring to expressions for addition to .htaccess, the http.conf file may be structured differently to do the same things. I’m setting this […]
I recently had the opportunity to delve deeper into MySQL and how to optimize and generally better my database structure and queries. There’s a lot of information on this topic so I thought i’d share the top ten things that matter to me when creating and querying databases.