Debunking the Web Development ‘5 Minute Fix’ Myth

I recently wrote this piece for the Evoluted blog to debunk the false perception that quick fixes can be done in 5 minutes. As developers, we often underestimate our own processes and devalue the work we do. I wanted to highlight the many stages of the development process for bug fixes. Sometimes, we need to step back and look at the bigger picture.

Happy New Year

Ten years ago I started working full-time as a web developer, leaving behind my career in Physics. It is a decision I have never regretted. For the last decade I have been able to spend my days working on what, for a long time, was mostly a hobby. My passion for developing websites continues today.

Your first performance budget with Lighthouse

Ire Aderinokun explains how you can set a performance budget for your website and check that it is conforming to it using Lighthouse. As she points out, Lighthouse can be run from the command line which means we can incorporate the audit into our continuous integration process.

This is a great idea and definitely something I want to develop into my own workflow going forward.

Have you thought about casing?

This is an interesting look at how we use casing in our code. In his blog post Brendt argues that snake case is more readable than camel case. I particularly like this point that he makes:-

Readable code, reduces cognitive load. Less cognitive load means more memory space for humans to think about other things, things like writing business logic.

I’ve always preferred camel case over snake case, but I think that has been for purely aesthetic reasons over how easy they are to read.

Bad Web Performance Costs!

As every good developer knows the performance of their code is important. When building websites we want them to be light and fast to give the end-user a fantastic experience. However, far too often developers prefer to take shortcuts to make their lives easier, even at the expense of the site’s performance.

5 Functions of the Console Object You Didn’t Know

If you’re debugging JavaScript you’ve probably heard of and used console.log(), but there’s much more to the Console object. This article discusses 5 functions of the Console object that you may not have heard of, but you’ll want to start using from now.