If you have a library dependency that your application relies upon, and you’re afraid to (or for whatever reason will not) peek under the covers and grok its source code… you should not be using that piece of software.
In this video I kick the tires on Mat Ryer’s xbar, an open source utility that lets you “put anything in your macOS menu bar.” I get it to tell us dad jokes, keep us abreast of Covid case counts, and write a custom plugin that pulls from Plausible Analytics to display changelog.com’s real-time visitor count.
We had a lot of fun recording the Vim with me series alongside episode 450, so I thought, “Hey, let’s keep it going!” We have Nick Nisi for you today. Nick is a regular panelist on JS Party, co-hosted our upcoming Neovim episode of The Changelog, and is personally responsible for the
#vimparty channel of Changelog’s community Slack.
(If you have any requests of people you’d like to see Vimming with me, let us know in the comments!)
Julia stuck around after our Vim interview to share some of her Vim setup with me. She shows off the Visual Mode feature that I learned on the pod and shared her love of macros as well!
Gary stuck around after our Vim interview to share some of his Vim setup with me. If you’ve never seen Gary use Vim, this is a must-watch. The guy moves at the speed of thought. 🏃♂️
Here’s a sneak peek of our upcoming episode of The Changelog (plus bonus videos) starring Julia Evans, Drew Neil, Suz Hinton, and Gary Bernhardt!
In my 15+ years of web development, there are very few things I can say are unequivocally a good idea. It almost always does depend.
Storing timestamps instead of booleans, however, is one of those things I can go out on a limb and say it doesn’t really depend all that much. You might as well timestamp it. There are plenty of times in my career when I’ve stored a boolean and later wished I’d had a timestamp. There are zero times when I’ve stored a timestamp and regretted that decision.
Why do people complain so much about CSS? There’s memes and jokes about CSS… there’s all sorts of tooling for CSS… On our Frontend Feud episode when we asked, “Name something that frontend devs complain about”, CSS was the #3 answer, which was pretty high up the list.
So it seems like it is a thing that people struggle with, complain about etc. I’m just curious, why do you think that is?
In which I pick on Jamstack a bit to make a larger point that we still haven’t found that Silver Bullet and we’re not going to so let’s put our thinking caps on, make sound choices, and pick the right tools for each situation.
I wanted to surface this just in case your podcast queue is stacking up and won’t have a chance to listen to our Working in Public episode before September 1st. Hear all about it 👇
It’s easy to forget that there’s a human on the other side of that
<textarea>. So we tend not to give people the benefit of the doubt on the internet. This post is a gentle reminder of that fact and how active awareness of it would go a long way toward making it a more enjoyable place for all of us.
I thought it’d be cool to get
mix test and
mix format running on pushes to the changelog.com repo, so I gave GitHub Actions the old college try. After (not too much) futzing around on my own, I figured I’d have more success by getting an expert to help out. Good call be me! 😆
We had an excellent interview with Beth Dakin and Ronak Shah from the Safari team about what’s new and interesting for developers in Safari 14. There were so many good moments that I figured a round-up post was warranted. ICYMI (or don’t have time for the full convo), here’s the highlights from my POV.