I’m a designer who learned to program out of shear frustration. I didn’t have the resources to hire a programmer yet I had ideas that I wanted to execute and was tired of feeling helpless. I let the frustration motivate me, and now I can play both ends—design and development—it’s the best thing I ever did for my career.
The developer in me only would’ve tested 45 shades of blue. The designer in me would’ve used orange. I don’t know how I get any work done.
But, seriously, good challenge. The norm of the web industry is to integrate multiple disciplines (dev, copy, design) into a finished product. Open source software is a glaring omission to this norm.
Astute analysis, as always.
I might be over-posting on these iPad-related quotes, but I kinda think this stuff will be of growing importance. If you’re “in the industry” and still “underwhelmed” by the iPad’s release, give this one a read.
It’s such a great example of the power of a) good copyrighting and b) meeting user’s where they’re at.Visit the Link
A lot of cool stuff has been happening with rails lately, but, without a doubt, the deployment end is still the messiest part. This concept excites me. I can’t wait to give it a try.
(via @danbenjamin)Visit the Link
Here’s the one thing that’s always bugged me on some level about the “support IE6” argument: Why is there an expectation that everyone will eventually upgrade?
Why isn’t support for old browsers (any old browser, regardless of market-share), an extra line-item on everyone’s invoices by default?
I’m thinking Rails 3 will kick some serious ass.Visit the Link
For a lot of reasons Ruby (and, by implication, Ruby on Rails) is polarizing. I love that people are really passionate about it—one way or the other.
But more importantly, I’m with Renae. I love what it allows me to do. I love that it has introduced me to a world where I can create solutions to problems, where I can build things that other people use in a way I never could before, for my clients, and for myself. But I don’t lose perspective about it. It’s a tool. Right now it’s one of the best I have available to me and I love using it. But there will be others.
This is a great write-up of Shopify’s transition to Passenger and the benefits. I first mentioned Passenger in this post. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s fun to read how it’s working out for other people. I’ve always thought that a solution like this would make Rails that much more viable.Visit the Link