Yeah, professors talk about the “Shape” class and how the “Circle” class extends from it and how Circle is an instance of Shape and blah blah. None of that shit is how anyone would approach a real world software development. The fact is all of that is complete bullshit. You don’t do OOP by forming this enormous inheritance hierarchy, nail every detail and start to implement it with a bunch of interns. The hierarchy in my opinion emerges. I always knew about OOP in an abstract level but I never learnt it the way I was taught in ThoughtWorks. One major issue that has caused me to lose ground to competing plugins is my efforts being squandered and wasted away by doing fire fighting. But now I have a solution to this. I am slowly bringing in test coverage for all of the functionality in the plugin. I am setting up a continuous integration system where the following checks are performed every time I make any progress or make any changes to the plugin automatically:
- Whether all existing functionality is working on the latest version of WP Autoresponder
- Whether the plugi’s existing functionality works in all versions of WordPress 3.5.2 and above.
- Whether the plugin’s functionality works as expected when WP Autoresponder is upgraded from v5.2.8 and above to the latest development version.
Expression Of Subtle ThoughtsPeople express very intimate and subtle thoughts that I am sure everyone has but we never acknowledge. This to me is the biggest reason for why I am on reddit. I like to read about about all the thoughts that other people have when they experience many life experiences. The thought you feel when you [some mundane activity] to [life changing outcome].
Alternative View PointsReddit I have found is a great place to find an alternative view point to almost any topic. People express many perspectives on an issue and are surprisingly knowledgeable.
StoriesReddit is an enormous collection of life experiences of so many people. Sure, a great number of the stories are probably fake. But I find many stories posted by other users eerily similar to my own experiences.
EducationIt is very educational to read some of the many sub reddits in reddit. I am a fan of the technology and science subreddit as well as the ones for some games like half life, bioshock and such. There are many small communities there that it is amazing. Reading the TODAYILEARNED section is really incredible. It really shapes your point of view about the world given the nature of many of the things that are posted there run against the common notion of how the world runs.
WorldNewsThe worldnews section of the website is a way to get an alternative right-wing-ish viewpoint of the world. It is an alternative western-tilted view point and not a balanced one. What becomes popular there is what suits a particular world-view. It is the worldview of the slightly naive mid to late 20s individual who was born in the 80s, probably geeky, probably idealistic, atheistic, westernized and tech savvy. There is a community for everything.
What effect has reddit had on me?Forgiving of Self - I am a lot more forgiving of myself. I am a lot more forgiving of my feelings I don’t feel like I should be ashamed of having some needs that I do. I noticed that as a result of reading reddit, I am able to be better aware of my feeling and thoughts. It makes me realize that I should blog more and write more of my thoughts here or on my personal blog. I have learned that Americans are very expressive of their thoughts and learnt the advantage of being like that. I learnt the advantage of expression. Lot More Expressive - I am a lot more expressive of what I feel. This I believe is something that is unique to americans. They are very expressive. This I believe is something that is very important for me as an Indian because in India’s culture expression is not encouraged. It is just not encouraged, people actively work against it. The act of putting something in expression puts people on the defensive. Beware though! But do be aware that you could end up wasting long long hours at reddit. While it is a good pass time, it can be a bottom less pit. It is like an internet of its own. There are so many obscure sub-reddits that will suit your most mildest interests. It is mostly comprised of people of mid to late 20s – people born in the 1980s. So you are likely to get a little too comfortable with your faults and failures while on reddit since it creates an impression that there are so many people in the world that share your faults.
- Don’t Use Twitter Bootstrap Like A Million Other Websites - One argument is that using Twitter bootstrap makes your website seem immediately recognizable as a Twitter Bootstrap website.
- People Like The Websites Made With Twitter Bootstrap – The websites and applications made with Twitter bootstrap are great and they look good.
- There was a time when I was able to recognize that my friend’s digital logic assignment was a copy paste of a Wikipedia article in a fraction of a second. That’s what’s happening here. Except other developers, no one else, especially not your target users are going to know that you used twitter bootstrap.
- Most people don’t understand what Twitter bootstrap is. You’d be surprised how few people actually understand what it really is. I have seen people in high end IT consulting think it is some tool that will save developers from cross platform inconsistencies.
- Twitter bootstrap is good enough. It solves a problem – make a good looking app without having to design it and having to learn CSS. But it encourages a lot of bad practices. I am a big fan of semantic mark-up. I want my HTML to read like XML. I may use it myself in a project of mine in the future.
- Putting any dumb idea in writing and having it trend in hacker news is enough to get some importance attached to the message. Some people will actually start believing that shit.
Putting my foot down and doing it rightI have decided to put my foot down on the demands I get from all over the place. I see my google analytics for this website, and notice that the traffic is falling, I go online and search for WP autoresponder, I notice messages and posts saying I have given up or complaining about the plugin. I have decided that I should stop being swayed by all this and focus on setting up a sound base and safety net – a safety net of systems that will allow me to focus on future development without worrying about things breaking in the future. I have finished the implementation of WP Autoresponder’s autoresponder management interface. The implementation of the autoresponder process with unit test coverage has been a very complicated and time consuming task. It is a very complicated task. I’m currently having to deal with some really complex scenarios I did not think of in the first implementation that are critical to the proper functioning of an autoresponder. Along the way I’ve made innumerable mistakes, despite by great efforts to put some foresight, learnt a lot about PHP, WordPress and generally developing software. I wish to do this – develop the autoresponder process, once and only once. I would really like not to have to keep putting out the same fires over and over again in subsequent releases and actually move forward to a place where this plugin becomes a viable alternative to paid email marketing services. I’m sorry for the extended delay but this needs to be done right. As you are well aware I am having to develop the plugin in my free time and there hasn’t been much of that lately. We’re all doing the best we can with what time we have.
Grid Frameworks Are Not An Alternative To Knowing CSSGrid frameworks give you a shortcut to laying things on the screen. You don’t have to specify dimensions or percentage widths for the page to lay things on the screen, you can just use the following code, including the grid framework css using a link tag and start seeing things fall in place.
<div class="row"> <div class="span2">some content goes here</span> <div class="span4">some other content goes here</span> </span>In other words, grids are being used as glorified tables. I have run into a lot of people who say laying things out using a table is an awful despicable practice but these people won’t flinch before using the new awesome shiny spanking grid framework to layout a non-grid visual design. Problems with grid frameworks:
- they are the same thing as tables. They mix layout information with presentation mark-up.
- they don’t describe the content that it encloses.
- they are often misunderstood as the tool
What are grid layouts?Grid layout is a visual design paradigm where the elements on a page are laid out vertically and horizontally to make it easy on the eyes to scan the content. They have nothing to do with “cross-browser uniformity”. No I don’t mean that grid layouts are reserved for those designs where the elements line up vertically. I am saying that, in keeping with front-end engineering best practices, you should be implementing that design in XHTML/CSS using proper naming of the class and id names that describe the content anyway. Don’t ever use grid frameworks. They are not to be used. Unless you WANT an alternative to typing css, if you find that using grid layout makes your life easy when trying to quickly code up the application’s UI then go right ahead. Just know that you are using a shortcut and not implementing a grid design. (Which is okay. What are we as hackers if we can’t reuse tools for ways other than intended?)
- Gecko – Gecko is the rendering engine used in the Firefox and Seamonkey browsers.
- Webkit – Webkit is the rendering engine used in Chrome, Safari, Android web browser and iPhone web browser
- Trident – Trident is the rendering engine embedded in Microsoft Internet Explorer
- User interface for the browser – The back, forward buttons of the browser.
The bottom of the screen will show a “Find file:” prompt which has the path “~/” preloaded which is the path to your home directory. You can instead type your own path such as “/Users/you/file.txt” to open that file.