Archive for the ‘documentation’ Category

You are what you document

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There are so many little gems in this piece by Yevgeniy Brikman all about documentation. He digs into a lot more than simply documenting code though and focuses on how we can document every phase of our work, from design to process and beyond. Here’...

MDN Product Advisory Board

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We all know and love MDN for already being the best documentation for web features out there. It looks like it's poised to get even better with Google and Microsoft both joining a new board. Mozilla's vision for the MDN Product Advisory Board is to bui...

PHPBot – Can a PHP Bot Help You Look up Documentation Faster?

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I came across PHPBot the other day (not to be confused with Botman or Fondbot) - a "chatbot" which helps you look up PHP manual entries and generates example code for them. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I don't believe in chatbots being chatbot...

What Does a Well-Documented CSS Codebase Look Like?

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In the front-end community, there is a lot of attention related to documenting JavaScript. That's not so much the case with CSS. Often times I feel like lost when I join a project with minimal or no CSS documentation. Even though CSS is relatively easy...

The Balance between Visual and Technical Debt in PHP

Laracasts recently published a very interesting non-Laravel video about something called visual debt. It's only 3 minutes long, so please, take the time to watch it before reading further. Done? Okay, spoilers below. In the video, Jeff starts out wit...

On Writing Feature Requirements

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I have been asked to lead product development on a team. This is somewhat of a new journey for me because I'm generally used to calling myself a web designer rather than a product manager or strategist. The toughest part of this job for me has been org...

Amazon Product API Exploration: Let’s Build a Product Searcher

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In this tutorial, you'll take a look at Amazon's Product Advertising API. It's an API that allows developers to access data about items for sale, seller reviews, customer reviews, and product promotions on all Amazon marketplaces worldwide. Basic API...

PHP-FIG Alternatives: The Pros and Cons of Various Visions

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In his article The Past, Present and Future of the PHP-FIG, Larry Garfield gives a whirlwind tour of his impressions of the FIG, from its founding to one of its possible futures. I encourage you to read it in its entirety before continuing. Herein, I w...