Reading List #64


After what has been an amazing vacation week with my family, I spent the last week working mostly on picu for our long awaited 2.0.0 release, which we had to delay for quite a bit. This Monday, we were finally able to release it!

The rest of this week I spent mostly at home with my kids, while my partner had some vocational training at work, so I wasn’t working all that much. Was a great week, but also felt kind of weird to have the first real workday on a Friday.

Frontend Development

๐Ÿ“ฆ When should you nest your CSS?

After being available with pre-processors like SCSS for quite a while, native CSS nesting became a thing pretty recently. Scott Vandehey gives a good overview of when he thinks it makes sense (and when it does not) to nest your CSS.

CloudFour โ€“ When to Nest CSS

๐Ÿ‘ .classnames

As the saying goes, cache invalidation and naming things are the two hard things in computer science. Luckily, Paul Robert Lloyd created .classnames, to make at least one of them much easier. It’s actually a cool idea: a collection of words sorted by categories like “Action”, “Collection”, “Numeration”, and also “Nature”, “Art” and “Theatre” to just name a few. I can totally see how this can help when you’re stuck finding a name for a class.

Paul Robert Lloyd โ€“ .classnames

๐Ÿ‘ Flexer

A tool to visually test out CSS flexbox properties. Great way to understand how they work and interact.



๐Ÿ”ฅ Wake up WP Founders

Justin Ferriman published some thoughts on why founders in the WP space need to “wake up” and level up their businesses. It certainly has some good points in there and what stuck with me most is this: Hard things are hard. And admitting to yourself that it is you and only you that isn’t doing enough (or not the right things) instead of blaming it on outside reasons, searching for excuses, is even harder. But it’s usually worth it.

Justin Ferriman โ€“ Wake Up WP Founders

๐Ÿ‘ Admin Design Kickoff

Had this open since it was published months ago and finally made some time to read the kickoff post for the WP Admin redesign. Overall I really like the direction this is taking. And the thinking behind it. Even though there are (as always) thousands of questions that need to be answered and many things are in a WIP/early-proposal stage. As a plugin author myself, this question here is what interests me at the moment:

Plugin authors, how would you make use of the new frame paradigm and the various configurations? What is missing?

Saxon Fletcher, Questions for the Community at the end of the kickoff article

Definitely something we need to explore in the near future to make sure picu makes use of those new paradigms and isn’t left behind. While such changes can feel drastic and overwhelming and it certainly is easy to complain about them, I rather see them as opportunities.

WordPress โ€“ Admin Design Kickoff

๐Ÿ˜ต Installing the 108 most popular plugins, at once

My buddy Silvan tried something pretty ridiculous: he took the 108 most popular plugins from Pascals “Plugin Periodic Table” and installed & activated them ALL AT ONCE. This is obviously not something you should be doing to your site. For once, it slowed down the whole page considerably, and it cluttered the dashboard and every page in the wp admin area with a lot of advertisements, news and other notifications. But watch for yourself.

Neverything on YouTube โ€“ Installing the 108 MOST POPULAR WordPress Plugins: What Happens?


The Flop that changed Apple forever

On the history of Lisa and the Apple Mac. I loved how Bill Atkinson (designer of the original Lisa interface) phrased this about bumbling into the Lisa UI: “A lot of these things that we discovered, were a matter of trial and error, not inventing it right the first time. We bumbled into the Lisa user interface, one mistake at a time.”

YouTube โ€“ The Flop that changed Apple forever

โค๏ธ Sipho Mabona

Stumbled upon these gorgeous, huge origami-like artworks by Sipho Mabona and loved them.

Sipho Mabona

๐Ÿ˜Ž Have a great weekend!

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