Your Concept Of CSS Is Broken

A few weeks ago, I talked to the team about BEM, a simple naming convention that brings sense and structure to CSS. It was brought up because CSS doesn't get the same attention like the other tech used in the company. Its impact to delivery is often seen as negligible, dismissing it as just another bug in need of a fix. But unknown to everyone, it's dragging everyone back. As always, I get mixed reactions from the developers. Some find it fascinating, some find it silly, and others be like "meh". Here were some questions that were thrown in.

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Parallel Development in Drupal With This One Trick

Being in different projects and roles is fun. I get to try every technology I can get my hands on. The goal is not just to get a finger on every pie, it's also to accumulate knowledge of what works, what doesn't and when, and apply improvements in other projects or projects to come. But if there is one thing that still eludes me, it's how to efficiently do Drupal development in a multi-developer team. More is merrier, but not without some challenges.

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Context-Specific vs Context-Free CSS

For the past few weeks I've been in, drowned and out of a pool of projects, mostly Drupal. You might think that "Ahh, Drupal. So you do the same thing every time like a production line?" - not exactly. Even though the projects build on top of the same system, they all have their... eccentricities. In particular, CSS is written differently for each of them. In this article, it's all about the two ways of writing CSS: context-specific and context-free.

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Explosive Workflows

This week was... crazy I believe is the right word for it. I was dropped into two projects, both of which are in the middle of their sprints. Taking out a day to set up for both, that left me with just a few days to work on them. But that's cool because we have project managers who can move worlds and make room for stuff. One thing they can't do, however, is deal with problems related to development workflow. It's something only we developers can do. Here's a few that keep biting back and may need to be dealt with when I get back to work.

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GitLab Pages In A Breeze

My blog has quite a history. It started out on HelioHost as a plain WordPress installation, which eventually became a Wintersmith static site updated over FTP. Tired of the manual updating procedure, I moved to OpenShift to have it auto-build on push. Unable to work with CoffeeScript and Jade, I created my own static site generator written in vanilla JS. But writing in Node 0.10, the latest on OpenShift, was a pain. GitHub + Travis could have done the trick but reading about how to set it up was enough to drive me away. Then I remembered GitLab.

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