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.
"Gadget: 1. Survey":http://chaim.io/download/Gingold%20(2017)%20Gadget%20(1)%20Survey.pdf [PDF] is a cool history of software milestones "from Smalltalk to Minecraft" Chaim Gingold (2017). When you see these things collected you realize how much technological/civilizational/human progress they collectively represent. I wonder what we'd have been doing otherwise...
Volvo unveils its first full battery electric model, the "XC40 Recharge SUV":https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-reveals-xc40-recharge-first-full-electric-model with 402bhp a 248-mile range. Featuring no front grille!
A deep dive into "the Grand Seiko Snowflake":https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/grand-seiko-spring-drive-snowflake-review on Hodinkee. "The entire thing seems to have been calculated to create an effect of serenity without boredom; of minimalism without sterility."
This is actually kind of important: "How to select, copy, and paste text in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13":https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/10/15/how-to-select-copy-and-paste-text-in-ios-13-and-ipados-13. Thanks, AppleInsider. In Notes at least, 3-finger swipe-left and swipe-right isn't just undo and redo, but an entire history of actions to the document.
A lovely "poster of Frank Lloyd Wright homes":https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/map-of-frank-lloyd-wright-homes "in (nearly) every state" by HomeAdvisor.
Install "bullshit.js":https://mourner.github.io/bullshit.js/ as a bookmarklet. Your insides will thank you.
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.
As well as smarts, what really makes a successful implementation likely is experience.
rmed with a plan for the back-end, the rubber hits the road with the installation and configuration of the system chosen for the project.
Each system of course has its own way of doing things, and developing a plan on paper into an actual working system is always a bit of an act of translation. The likelihood of a successful realization of a plan within a particular system is increased mostly by one thing: experience with that system (smarts notwithstanding).
Engaging.net’s experience is with ExpressionEngine — as users of its predecessor, pMachine, we’ve been using EE from the moment it was released.
With EE, the system itself needs to be installed, as well as the software it rests on (see the ExpressionEngine Requirements page). Then we can install and configure the add-ons and build out the channels, fields, categories, statuses and member groups.
The entire process, with dependencies