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To Close Or Not To Close

February 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM    

If you have browsed my HTML code you see that I have been flapping back and forth on closing void tags in HTML. I am not alone in this conceptual tug-of-war. My thought has been that it is more technically correct to do so, even though it is optional and makes for ugly code prose. This article goes through the history of the concept and where current thinking/standards lie. TL;DR version: Closing them is out of style in HTML5. Your code can be pretty _and_ correct.

Link: To Close Or Not To Close

Git: How to use Stash

February 20, 2014 at 01:40 PM    

It seems no matter how careful and disciplined you are with your git workflow, you end up in a situation where you have incomplete work that you need to ...uh.. "stash" somewhere because it isn't ready to be committed. Luckily, git has a feature to handle just that. The blog link below is a great overview of the stash feature in git.

Link: Git: How to use Stash

Redis Everywhere

February 14, 2014 at 04:45 PM    

Great slides with awesome tips from a talk given at Sunshine PHP. Implementation case studies, when to use redis and not as well as a comparison between phpredis and predis.

Link: Redis Everywhere

Onboarding New Users Is Harder Than You Think

December 03, 2013 at 02:04 AM    

Really great points and techniques that anyone running a web service with a sign-up process should look at and learn from.

Link: Onboarding New Users Is Harder Than You Think

Rackspace Launches Performance Cloud Servers

November 05, 2013 at 02:08 PM    

All these stats talk about possible peaks. The valleys are what you need to look at when it comes to cloud performance. It is not about how fast it can go as much as how slow it might be. 1000 IOPS is great but if it occasionally drops to 15 that's a problem. Amazon is slower but more consistent, and that is something that you can plan around. I look forward to benchmarking these Rackspace offerings on my own to see how they compare.

Link: Rackspace Launches Performance Cloud Servers

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