corenominal

Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

Tagged: podcasts

248: AMP – ShopTalk image/svg+xml

Getting AMP’d with AMP. We’re going to talk about the #hotdrama about AMP with a couple of AMP experts.

Before listening to this episode, I was completely uninterested in AMP. After listening, I’m still uninterested. The proponents did nothing to sell it to me.

That said, I can imagine how AMP could be good for end users. For example, last night I was listening to a podcast and browsing the web on my iPhone, I had just started reading an article on Boing Boing when a video advert started playing, which in-turn muted the podcast that I was listening to. Grrr. I’m thinking that AMP could have prevented this annoyance, but then again, I’m also thinking the owners of Boing Boing could also have prevented it by not deploying obnoxious ads.

 

Interview with Matt Mullenweg on the new WordPress release cycle and more image/svg+xml

I had the opportunity to interview Matt Mullenweg at the end of WordCamp US 2016, and we chatted about the new WordPress development cycle, the WordPress REST API, and more.

Following on from State of the Word, 2016, it’s good to see Brian and Matt discussing the announcements in a less formal manner. Their discussion around the REST API and defining its success (starts around 11:50) was most interesting, although I found Matt’s answer somewhat woolly. Authentication issues aside, I’m wondering if the slow adoption of the REST API is related to a lack of firm commitment to the feature? Or maybe it’s just too advanced for the majority of WordPress users. Regardless of the reason, it would be good to hear a solid commitment to it.

The Talk Show: Ep. 173, With Special Guest Jason Snell image/svg+xml

Jason Snell returns to the show to talk about the new MacBook Pros and the Touch Bar, and Apple’s new book chronicling the last 20 years of their industrial design, Designed by Apple in California.

As a Mac user, I’ve been consuming a fair amount of media coverage about the new MacBook Pro devices, and most of it has been pretty poor. The words emotional and hyperbolic come to mind. So, it made for a refreshing change to listen to John and Jason discussing the new devices in a fair and balanced manner. If any of the recent media coverage and reviews have made you feel slightly uneasy about the future of the Mac, it might be worth a listen.

241: Rapidfire 77 – ShopTalk image/svg+xml

I hate WordPress and every time you talk WordPress. I don’t hate it because of what it is but because of its role and side effects in the web industry. Shouldn’t we as web professionals be the guardians of our industry and try to push to the right direction? And what is the right direction?

I always enjoy listening to Dave and Chris, but I especially enjoyed listening to their conversation about hating on WordPress. Well worth a listen.

Learning WordPress development and how employers should look at candidates image/svg+xml

In this episode, Joe and Brian talk about how they learned WordPress development, how we think employers should look at skill hiring, and resources for learning.

It’s interesting to find out how others learned WordPress and web development. Like Joe and Brian, I have no formal education or training in web development, I trained as an engineer. I started learning web development (~20 years ago) because it piqued my interest and because I have a desire to know how things work. I think that’s probably the key to successful learning, you have to possess a genuine interest in the topic, and if you have that, everything else should follow naturally.

Scaling WordPress – Draft Podcast image/svg+xml

In this episode, Joe and Brian talk scaling WordPress, and what to do when you think you might’ve reached WordPress’s limits.

Another good episode of the Post Status podcast, this time Joe and Brian talk in detail about optimising WordPress and MySQL for operating at scale. I’m currently working on a large (50,000+ products) WooCommerce store, so I found their discussion of WP_Query and Elasticsearch especially interesting. Well worth a listen.

Dad’s Old Bits – Ubuntu Podcast image/svg+xml

A good discussion around the topic of dropping 32-bit support in Ubuntu. Topics like this can have a tendency to go postal, so it’s good to hear the Ubuntu Podcast team having a civilised debate about it.

Personally, I cannot recall the last time I installed a 32-bit operating system. I occasionally dig out some old hardware and have a play with it, but after a few minutes, I soon realise why I no longer use said hardware. Also, if I were to consider using it, I’d probably opt for one of the more niche distros, such as Tiny Core Linux or Puppy Linux.