In the Field

Of Swords and Code Samples

For many of us, swords are special even today, and there’s no doubt that they were special throughout much of human history. Amid all that romanticism, one might be forgiven for forgetting that a sword is simply a tool, made for use in battle. It’s easy to forget sometimes that we developers are making tools that people use to get things done.

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In the Field

How to choose a framework

With so many options available, how does one choose what to use for a new project? If the project is a website, the question of whether or not a CMS is appropriate is one of my first considerations. But sometimes it’s hard to tell where a website ends and a web application begins.

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Development

Balancing Ends (Front/Back-end Development)

Development tools like Angular.js, React.js, and Vue.js have transformed front-end website/web application development. It’s actually possible to write whole applications in JavaScript now in a cohesive, management manner. The real question is: should you? The answer is, of course: it depends.

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In the Field

Choosing the Right Stack for the Job

As a developer, you’ve no doubt been asked “can you do [insert user request here]” more times than you can count. The answer is pretty much always “yes.” The tougher question these days is “how” … there are hundreds of ways to get things done these days. In this post, I’d like to share some of the things that shape my decisions about the “how.”

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