A Few More Spotify Playlists for Work

Towards the end of last year, I shared a list of Spotify playlists for work that seemed to garner a good response if for no other reason than offering up some additional things to check out on my own 😇).

Since a few months have past and I’ve had a chance to listen, evaluate, and come up with a few more playlists to share I thought why not share another list?

Spotify Playlists for Work, Volume 2

So just as I shared towards the end of last year, here’s a list of the ambient music or the soundtracks I’ve been listening to as of late.

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WordPress Plugins I Use (As Of 2017)

A couple of weeks ago, an international WordPress-friend of mine, Thorsten Frommnen, tweeted the following asking what WordPress plugins I use (and others use) right now:

You’d have to click-through to see the whole thread. I’ve wanted to follow-up with the post for a little while now and just now have the chance.

For what it’s worth, I don’t know if it’s all that interesting to cover¬†all the plugins that I have running. Admittedly, it’s not many (and no, it’s not because I get into the too-many-plugins-slow-down-a-site-debate), but it’s because I just don’t use that many to run this site.

With that said, here’s a rundown of the WordPress plugins I use, why, and where you can get ’em.

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An Option for a PhpStorm WordPress Theme

Since talking about making the switch to PhpStorm, I’ve gotten feedback:

  • from “the first thing you need to do is to change your theme,”
  • to “what’s one of the first things I should learn.”

And I think all of that’s great¬†because the whole point of starting off with a post about PhpStorm in general – as I have with other editors – is simply start from the ground up and show others how I’ve opted to setup my environment.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean that I think that choices I make are the ones¬†others¬†should make. But, at the very least, it gives an idea as to some of the tweaks I’ve made and as to why.

Over time, I’ll get into more technical things that I’ve chosen to do but, for now, I thought talking about the theme – a PhpStorm WordPress Theme, perhaps? – that I’ve been using as a place to start.

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Mindset For Debugging (And Why We Need It)

When it comes to writing software, maintaining software, or simply trying to understand software, a debugger is one of the most powerful tools that we can use.

But when it comes to WordPress, it seems that it’s less common. Personally, I’m not sure why:

  • I don’t know if it has to do with the nature of open-source,
  • if has to do with the convenience of echo and var_dump that are built into the language,
  • or if I’m just missing other developers who talk about it.

Regardless, if an IDE doesn’t have a built-in debugger, it’s not¬†too difficult to set up Xdebug and get started using it. And once you do start using it, you learn¬†much more about how a given piece of software performs regardless of if you wrote it or if someone else wrote it.

Yes, I’ve written on this topic before, but I recently stumbled across an article that I found to be a really good break down of how to shift one’s thinking into a mindset for debugging.

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Visual Studio Code TODOs, REVIEWS, and FIXMEs

I’ve not been coy about my appreciation for Visual Studio or how it performs as an IDE for WordPress, but there are always things here and there I think are worth sharing either for the sake of making it a better experience or for improving our workflows.

Case in point:

How many of¬†us work on codebases large enough that we’re writing comments, code, or other features that yield us dropping TODOs or FIXMEs throughout the code so we can focus on the task at hand?

I think our intentions are good. I mean, we¬†do plan to come back to these, but if they aren’t documented in some way, it’s far too easy to come back and do then.

And sure, you can always do a “find all” at the end of a sprint or before the end of a project of whenever works best for you, but there¬†are extensions that can do this for you.

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