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

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CSS Grid with Rachel Andrew and Jen Simmons – ShopTalk image/svg+xml

Grid is getting a ton of support in modern browsers and so we’ve got a couple of grid experts in Jen Simmons and Rachel Andrew on to help us navigate the grid – what is it? When can we use it? How do flexbox and grid play together? What about Bootstrap?

A proper good episode of the ShowTalk Show that’s all about CSS Grid. Well worth a listen and it’s definitely inspired me to spend some more time experimenting with Grid layouts.

Getting Started with Headless Chrome image/svg+xml

Headless Chrome is shipping in Chrome 59. It’s a way to run the Chrome browser in a headless environment. Essentially, running Chrome without chrome! It brings all modern web platform features provided by Chromium and the Blink rendering engine to the command line.

Details how to print the DOM to stdout, take screenshots, and create PDF files with Headless Chrome. I’ve used PhantomJS (another headless browser) in the past and I remember it being a fun experience, so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Giving Debian Stretch a try

Tonight, I have mostly been taking Debian Stretch for a spin. Stretch is currently in full freeze and is due to be the next Debian Stable release, so I was interested to see what it has to offer in terms of providing a LEMP stack.

The biggest change (LEMP related) over previous Debian releases is probably the switch to MariaDB from MySQL. I wasn’t aware this switch had taken place, until I tried to install the ‘mysql-server’ package, which doesn’t exist under Stretch. Doh. So anyway, I did a quick search and discovered details of the change. After that, it only took a few minutes to figure out what I needed to do to get MariaDB installed and set-up. To be honest, with the limited testing that I’ve done, I’ve not noticed any difference, but I guess this is to be expected as MariaDB is described as a drop-in replacement for MySQL.

Other than that, Stretch looks like it’s going to be a solid LEMP platform, providing NGINX 1.10.3 and PHP 7.0. It should make for a good replacement for my current Ubuntu LTS servers, which I’m looking to move away from.