I had a great time presenting at WordCamp SLC this year. I wanted to speak about something that has been an interest to me lately, Working with WP_Query, and making it more performant.
Also touched on working with Express, Node.js, and jQuery.
There is so much that is good in this article. Just perfect really.
When a programmer gets to a certain age, she knows a lot of stuff. But there’s a ton of stuff she doesn’t know, as well, because no one can know even a fraction of everything that’s going on in this industry. It’s far better, unless you’re applying for a junior position, to start at 70 and get credit for everything you do know, than to start at 90 (or even 100) and get debited for the things you don’t know.
Man, that was fun to hear, but it was even more fun to do. A few weeks ago, I spent some time out in Raleigh, North Carolina, participating in what felt like a totally surreal experience. Not only did I go on an extended test-drive of the new Cherokee, but I was also interviewed and filmed in a manner akin to being on my own television episode. As an owner of a 1999 Cherokee, I was thrilled when I heard they were bringing the badge back in 2014, and was even more impressed when I saw it in person.
The full story is here, had a blast. Would love to put one in my driveway next to my XJ.
I often have a harder time naming variables then I did naming my children.
This might explain why I call them $this so often…
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
-Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Author of The Little Prince
This was originally from a talk that Adam Savage gave at Boing Boing: Ingenuity over the weekend, it was being passed around the office as something that we have been striving for here at MAKE recently. Wanted to share, as a reminder of what I should be striving for.
Really good. Get good at as many things as you can. Being good at one thing makes it easier to get good at other things.
Lots and lots of practice.
Everyone at the top of their field is obsessed with what they’re doing.
Doing something well and thoroughly is its OWN reward.
If you do something well and you’re happy with it, for FSM’s sake, tell EVERYONE.
If something piques your interest, tell someone. If you want to learn something, ask someone, like your BOSS. As an employer, I can tell you, people who want to learn new skills are people I want to keep employed.
Make up goals. Set goals. Regularly assess where you are and where you want to be in terms of them. This is a kind of prayer that works, and works well. Allow for the fact that things will NEVER turn out like you think they will, and you must be prepared to end up miles from where you intended.
Life is way too short to be an asshole. If you are an asshole, apologize.
You will fail. It’s one of our jobs in life. Keep failing. When you fail, admit it. When you don’t, don’t get cocky. ‘Cause you’re just about to fail again.
Work like your life depends on it…