Since major overhauls to a web site are relatively infrequent and set the stage for years to come, they are rare and vital opportunities to step back to basics. What should the site be? What should it express? Who is it for and what should it do for them?
MindBody is a web-based management system widely used by yoga studios. Using MindBody’s SOAP-based API, eeMindBody provides an easy way for a studio’s ExpressionEngine web site to access its MindBody data.
ExpressionEngine (EE) is the content management system that until recently I used for building every web property. In November 2018, EllisLab, the producer of EE, was sold to Digital Locations, Inc. (DLOC) and EllisLab owner Rick Ellis joined the parent company's payroll. The acquisition is detailed in Digital Locations' "Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q) dated August 13th, 2019":https://seekingalpha.com/filing/4600179. But the Digital Locations acquisition seems downright skeezy. Despite the company's tagline about Artificial Intelligence, it appears to be nothing more than a holding company for Mr "Bill Beifuss":https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/16521336. Moreover it looks like he's scrimping on incorporation fees: the company was founded in 2006 as Zingerang, then became Carbon Sciences for a decade, before morphing again into Digital Locations. It self-reports never having had any revenues. According to the linked-to Bloomberg profile, Mr Beifuss is also CEO of some other companies: Warp 9 Inc, Coeur D'alene French Baking Co, and Cumorah Capital Inc., none of which appear to provide any actual products or services either. Rick must have been aware of and a party to this bullshit. With ExpressionEngine he had a great thing going; I wonder what happened. All I can speculate is that he very much wanted to segue EE's success into enabling him to try other things professionally but that it remained his biggest achievement and he couldn't bring himself to let go of the golden goose even though it was fading without his hands-on vision. And then at some point last year he suddenly really needed a buyer. Recently, on October 3rd, 2019, he bought EllisLab back from Beifuss then sold it a week later to development house Packet Tide, that is, Tom Jaeger. So it Rick Ellis has finally let go of ExpressionEngine, even if he held on too long; despite being free EE can barely be be given away now; the technology has moved on. I'm relieved to have moved away from it onto the Node ecosystem. I really enjoyed meeting the EllisLab team at an EE conference in 2017 — such cool nice folks in person — but for me EllisLab is a cautionary tale.
I'm "excited by the Richard Mille Bonbon watch collection":https://www.ablogtowatch.com/richard-mille-bonbon-collection-rm-07-03-cupcake-rm-07-03-marshmallow-and-rm-16-01-fraise-watches/. Just fabulous. Crazy expensive but apparently all have been bought, most popularly in Malaysia.
"MacStories' macOS Catalina review":https://www.macstories.net/news/macos-catalina-the-macstories-review/ seems comprehensive enough to take over from John Siracusa's famous Ars Technica reviews.
"The sweaters of ??Succession??.":https://www.vulture.com/article/succession-best-sweaters-ranked.html By ??Vulture??.
For anyone (like me) working on doing the same, see Wenbin Fang's article "“The boring technology behind a one-person Internet company”":https://broadcast.listennotes.com/the-boring-technology-behind-listen-notes-56697c2e347b. Of course the technologies used will differ, but the frankness here is refreshing, the contour of what's required enlightening.
"Please just leave me alone when I cross streets." "Richard Stallman's terms of service for speaking engagements":https://groups.google.com/a/mysociety.org/forum/#!msg/mysociety-community/zkyZpOXjgoQ/_8xyXSxv9zYJ come to light [via ??The Register??] surrounding his forced terminations. A couple of observations: for 66 his skin looks amazingly moist and smooth, like a healthy 25-year-old's, which perhaps says something about his lifestyle and choices. And his exactingness regarding these terms is both ridiculous and admirable; few things are more important than knowing who we are and what we want and expressing these clearly.
On the unstated significance of "Apple's new U1 chip":https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-new-Apple-U1-chip-and-why-is-it-important/answer/Brian-Roemmele?ch=10&share=7e467f08&srid=Pi3. bq. I feel rather strongly the Apple U1 Chip, over time will be seen as one of the most important aspect of the September 10th, 2019 Apple Event. We will see it as the start of the HyperLocal world of computing that ultimately will lead to less of a need for the cloud.
Well this is neat: a little "CSS hack that shows you 9 levels of elements in your web page":https://dev.to/gajus/my-favorite-css-hack-32g3 for when you have no idea wtf is going on.
Turn screen mock-ups into web pages, web pages into dynamic screens.
nce we’ve populated the system with content data and produced the screen mock-ups, it’s time to knit these together and build something that the world can actually view and use.
After producing the View we move on to the Controller. In the case of ExpressionEngine, this means converting the HTML/CSS/JS web pages into dynamic templates, where the variable areas of each template are swapped out with dynamic data by the content management system.
The reason we begin coding only after completing the design work is that wireframes may require modifications once they’ve become mock-ups and visual impracticalities appear.
The entire process, with dependencies