In this episode we talk about the Progressive Enhancement approach to web design and development with Aaron Gustafson. He talks us through some of the advantages of adopting Progressive Enhancement (PE) versus more traditional approaches. We also discuss barriers that might prevent us using PE and Aaron makes some useful recommendations.
This week’s jukebox picks are definitely going on the Relative Paths Alt Playlist! I started with ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda (featuring Innov Gnawa)’ by Bonobo. Mark then gave us ‘Kick Jump Twist’ by Sylvan Esso. Brilliant and needed an immediate second listen. Finally Aaron hit us with post-punk classic ‘Teen Age Riot’ by Sonic Youth, and a great story. He also urged us to check out The Chameleons following his Instagram vid of ‘Script Of The Bridge’ on deck.
This was one of the most interesting, thoughtful and funny conversations we’ve had. We spoke to Chris Coyier about dogmatism (the expression of an opinion or belief as if it were a fact) in the web industry. We talked about why it happens, what we can to do be less dogmatic ourselves and how to deal with dogmatic people and their bombastic opinions.
Our Toolstar this week was CodePen Projects, zero setup, full-featured front end web development environment, right in the browser. Chris talked us through it, and it sounds pretty great. We like all the CodePen things.
It was a diverse Jukebox this week. I chose ‘A Tender History In Rust’ by Do Say Make Think. Ben chose ‘Eve’ by Anchorsong, it’s very Ben. And Chris chose ‘The Stable Song’ by Gregory Alan Isakov, and had a very cool story of meeting him IRL. They’ll be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist, or the Relative Paths Playlist as appropriate.
This week we talk CSS Grid with the amazing and great Rachel Andrew, who has been leading the charge with grid for a while now. We talked about the origin of Grid, what we’ll be able to do with it and when it’s going to be ready to use (sooner that we realised). We also talked about how she got started as a developer, her work with the W3C CSS Working Group, and of course Perch CMS (my favorite).
Our Toolstar is a CSS Grid Layout learning resource, Grid By Example. It’s a repository of tutorials, articles, videos and resources for learning grid managed by Rachel (I don’t know how she gets so much stuff done).
It’s a Bristol sound themed Jukebox this week. My pick was ‘Glory Box’ by Portishead. Ben went for ‘Black Steel’, a Public Enemy track covered by Tricky with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. They’ll be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist. The original Relative Paths Playlist is also available for you to code along to.
This week we tackle the often thorny subject of SEO, with local dev and friend of the show Elliott Richmond. We intended this to be a bit of a potted guide to SEO, but we think it ended up being a far more interesting discussion.
My Toolstar this week is Instafeed.js, a really simple way to add Instagram images to your site. We also talked about Elliott’s own Insta Grabagram WordPress plugin.
My Jukebox pick this week is ‘REM Sleep Research’ by Ochre, Elliott picked ‘Melt’ by Leftfield, and Ben went for ‘Flow’ by Sun Glitters & Nadine Carina. They’ll be added to the original Relative Paths Playlist for you to code along to. The Relative Paths Alt Playlist is also available for your non-coding needs.
After a break at the end of 2016, we’ve start 2017 with a bit of a retrospective. Mark and I had a fairly busy year and we take a look at some of the things we did, didn’t do, tried and failed.
There’s no Toolstar as such this time, but we acknowledge Trello as being generally pretty good!
My Jukebox pick is the first 12″ single I bought, Future Sound of London’s ‘Papua New Guinea’. Mark’s pick is ‘Jed’s other poem’ by Grandaddy, in celebration of the band reforming! Both tracks will be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.
This week Ben and I are joined by Front End (or is that Front-End) developer Clive Walker to talk about Perch CMS. We have a lot of positive things to say about it, it’s powerful and flexible, but easy to use. We also talk about Perch’s many free add-ons, including the recently added Perch Shop e-commerce platform. Just so you know, we’re not being sponsored by Perch, we just really like it. It’s become my CMS of choice, and I reckon it’s well worth trying out. Clive also tells us about the Perchology newsletter, which contains all sorts of goodies for Perch developers, and the Horsham Co-Working project.
Clive’s Toolstar is Curated, an app for putting together a digest newsletter, which Clive uses to create the Perchology newsletter.
My Jukebox choice this time is a solid gold classic, Teardrop by Massive Attack. Clive’s pick is Big Calm, the whole album, by Morcheeba (we’ll pick a track for the playlist). Ben didn’t have a track this week, bad Ben! Clive and my tracks will be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.
Following Apple’s New MacBook announcement on Oct 27th 2016, we felt the need to discuss the matter of PC vs Mac again. Things have changed since last time (Relativepaths – 35-pc-versus-mac-versus-sandals). Then I was sure I was going to switch to Mac, but now I’m not so sure.
My Jukebox choice this time is ‘Rustling and Pure’ by Cass, a return to form from me after a few polarising picks. Ben’s choice is ‘Butterflies’ by Anchorsong. Both make their way onto the Relative Paths Playlist.
This week we spoke with designer and co-host of the Deeply Graphic Design CastMikelle Morrison about the sometimes tricky subject of designers and developers working together. Mikelle gives lots of insight into what developers and designers can do to cooperate successfully without too much drama.
We didn’t have an official Toolstar this week, but Mikelle and Ben talked about how much they liked Sketch (I’m a Windows user so I sat in the corner).
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist was ‘Eden Liquindi 2’ by the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. I really like it, but Ben might need a bit of time to make friends with it perhaps.
This episode we’re pleased to welcome back Mark Wilkinson, first interviewed in Episode 29. We quiz Mark about his leap from ‘sole-trading freelancer’ to the founder of Limited company ‘Highrise Digital’. Mark W provides lots of useful information for anyone considering a similar move: financial matters, VAT, partnering up, and employees.
Mark W’s picked the Toolstar, and chose QuickCast, a simple to use screencasting app, providing easy recording, publishing and sharing.
For the Relative Paths Playlist, my submission is ‘Eating Hooks’ (instrumental) by Moderat. It comes from the instrumental version of their 2016 Album ‘III’.
This episode we tackle HTTPS. What it is, what’s changed over the years, and why you should be using it now. We also touch on HTTP/2 where relevant and talk about some ways to make the jump to HTTPS if you’ve not done so already. We reference info from a lot of sites, links are down below.
Mark’s Toolstar is Why No Padlock, a web service for easily and quickly identifying insecure site content that might prohibit a browser from displaying a ‘secure’ padlock symbol in the address bar.
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist is the Dave Morley remix of ‘Kinetic’ by Golden Girls. Apollo Records, 1993. It’s cheesy and long. Sorry…
Mark’s track is ‘Decisions’ by Taylor McFerrin feat. Emily King, from the 2014 collaborative album ‘Early Riser’. This one’s going on our Alt playlist.