Becoming a Professional Developer Is More Than The Latest Library

As a teacher and speaker one of the questions I’m often asked is which language/technique/etc should an aspiring developer learn first to get a job as fast as possible. Most of these folks are ambitious and capable but, in following many over the course of the years, I find few ever become great at what they do simply because they aspire to be a “super generalist,” that is, a developer who can write any code for any project on any timetable without question. What they aspire to is not to be a successful developer but to imitate, often in only months to a year or two, the careers of mentors and teachers who while having been in the industry for many more years are not up to the standards the student is expecting themselves. Continue Reading

A Review of 2016 with a Preview of 2017

For as much bad as I’ve seen in 2016 I can say, at least for me, it wound up finishing on a really positive note. I guess I can say, at least with the factors I can control, that I feel like 2017 has more promise that any year in recent memory. We’re settling in, work is wonderful and I feel like I finally have some direction and purpose on a number of fronts. That is a wonderful feel. Continue Reading

Reflections of a WordPress Developer

It’s now been over six full years since I first started really working with WordPress. September 20th, 2010 is when I first opened my WordPress.org account to submit a small plugin I built that afternoon. Six years later I can say without reservation that I’m so glad I chose to get involved with the project both through my own successes and the failures as well as those of the project itself.

It’s safe to say today that WordPress, both the project itself and the community around it, is not what it was six years ago. For the most part this evolution has been positive but of course it has had it’s road bumps as well. As I get more involved in my new position this fall and look forward to the next few years in WordPress and other technologies I’ve forced myself to sit bad and re-examine what WordPress means to me as both  a WordPress developer and as simply a developer looking to get the job done in the best way possible. Continue Reading

Vagrant is Not The Answer For Everyone

After working with Vagrant for nearly three years and even writing a post on how great it is I can now say without hesitation that it is not the solution I thought it was. I don’t say that lightly either as I’m about to launch version 4.0 of my Primary Vagrant project. Instead I say it based on the expectations we have put on it as a development community combined with ecosystem (or lack thereof) of the tools we have been using to attempt to bend it to our will. Continue Reading