Articles

Dworkinian Integrity and (Sub-)Symbol Minimisation: Prescriptions for Consistent Software

How the perfect unbuilt API already exists, floating in the zeitgeist, and how it is up you to pay attention to the totality in front of you


WWW vs. Naked Domain?

When starting a new website, is it better to choose domain.com or www.domain.com?


Project-Level Attribute Normalisation

Why you should introduce a software layer close to your object relational mapper that formats attributes into clean, standardised forms


Replayability

Why your code should be capable of remembering and replaying inputs in the event that something goes wrong


5 Ways URLs Go Wrong

A tour of the traps and potholes that inhibit us from getting URL naming right


Silent Failures Must Be Given a Voice

The most dangerous bugs are those you remain chronically unaware of–as all too often occurs with failing scheduled scripts


Web Developers: Harmonise Your Time Zones

How it's all too easy to wind up with divergent time zones across a modern web stack


How Payments Providers Screw You

How hidden fees stack up so as to quadruple the cost of using online payments providers


Deliberately Shopping for a Configuration Strategy

7 Factors To Consider When Choosing How To Manage Your Web App's Credentials and Configuration Options


The Key to Good Documentation: Broaden Your Definition of Software

Or how to avoid frustration configuring, debugging, and rescuing servers and third-party services


Why I Stay Behind the Version Rat Race

Whereas updates *sometimes* bring improvements, they are *guaranteed* to bring changes. And, as any programmer knows, software is allergic to change.


4 Ideas For Improving Testability in Web Apps

Backdoors, interface hooks, explanatory dry runs, and deep reachability


Dealing with Test Leakage

Strategies for pinpointing and extricating indeterminacy from software tests.


Tips for Programming Accounting Features in Web Apps

Learn about representing money, rounding algorithms, and anticipating oddball transactions.


Adminimisation: Tips for Building Great Admin Dashboards

How to build a robust administrative area that'll help you automate away the boring and routine tasks involved in running a web site


Non-Traditional Ways of Thinking About Targeting on Inbound.org

Fresh mental models to help with finding the right targeting for your online advertising.


Check Out My Guide to Statistical Significance on Kissmetrics

Fun, example-filled guide, aimed at building intuition


A Lasting Marriage: Lessons Learned After 7 Years With Google Analytics

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A deep guide to developing a loving relationship founded on clean data, great communication, and appropriate caution


A Thorough Guide to Website Copywriting

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From psychology to rhetoric: copywriting tips for those who don't know what to say


The Conversion Surgeon: A Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Conversion library

A High-Level Catalogue of The Main Areas to Fiddle With When Optimizing Your Conversion Rate


Awareness Through the Creation of Jargon

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An experiment in perception involving a taxonomy of typos.


Debugging Rails with Pry Console

Tips and tricks for snooping about your codebase with the Pry console. You'll learn how to view the source code of ANY method on demand, see global variables, or change "self" to another object.


Debugging Rails with Pry Debugger

Master the universal debugger commands "step" and "next" and learn how to crack open a Pry session at any point.


Debugging Rails with Operating System Tools

Unix/Command-Line level tools for making web-developers' lives easier– lsof, nslookup, gdb, tcpdump, ctags, ack, strace, and top


Debugging Rails with Online or Third Party Tools

How Google Webmaster Tools, Google Search, New Relic, and email delivery reports can help you uncover errors in your web application


Debugging Rails with Memcached

Many apps use Memcached in their infrastructure so it's important to know how to debug thorny caching errors.


Debugging Rails with Logs

Everything you ought to be looking at when interpreting the Rails built-in logs. Also looks at other logs, such as Amazon S3 access logs and scheduler logs.


Debugging Rails with Git

Source control software gives us a unique insight into changes in code and the human intention behind them.


Debugging Rails with Custom Instrumentation

Why settle with the debugging tools built into Rails? Why not create your own custom tools to ease the load?


Debugging Rails With Chrome DevTools

Chrome DevTools gives you yet another angle for debugging your software, especially the CSS and JS.


Debugging Rails With Built-in Tools

Lesser known tools built in to the standard stack - such as the middleware lister, Gemfile.lock, Ruby compiler checks, rails dbconsole


A Comprehensive Guide To Debugging Rails

Feedback systems for finding errors in your web application.


On Passive Income

How I created a passive income stream and my advice to those starting off. Learn about the four great freedoms.


Automating Popularity

Can handing your Facebook profile to a computer program make you more popular in real life?


Janki Method

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Using spaced repetition systems to learn and retain technical knowledge.


Why Bother With Cucumber Testing?

The disadvantages of using Cucumber and its widespread use as a poor man's integration test.


Textmate to VIM

Where I explain how to reproduce over 110 commands from Textmate in VIM.