Tom McFarlin

Software, Development, and WordPress

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Building Assets, Merging Git Branches, and Creating Releases

Everyone has a different git workflow set up but for the purposes of this post, assume that you’ve got something like the following:

  1. A branch in which all of your assets, unbuilt, reside.
  2. A system of continuous integration that builds the assets and creates a new branch or perhaps a new version.
  3. A branch that’s created by the continuous integration system that contains the built assets.

The main component of this workflow is the continuous integration system. That is, if it fails, then the work responsible for building the assets and creating a new branch no longer work.

And when that happens, we’re left having to do it manually. It’s tedious, sure, but not difficult. If you find yourself in this position, here’s how you can go about building assets, merging git branches, and creating a versioned release.

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The Must-Haves of Our Skillset

When I decided that I was going to commit the journey of my career to building solutions on WordPress, I was – at the time – all in. That is to say that HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL were at a place where I could stay involved with all of them and work competently down the stack as needed for whatever it is I was building.

But as both my family [and I] have grown and as WordPress has changed over the past half-decade (let alone decade), that entire perspective has changed.

Not just that, though.

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Dracula Pro For Optimizing Optimizing Dark Mode

A few months ago, I reluctantly started to try out using the dark theme that comes with macOS and iOS. I’d already been using a similar theme in my IDE and my terminal, so why not take the plunge for the whole experience across the OS?

Like anything new, it took some getting used to but it’s definitely grown on me up to the point where I spent time looking for something that would allow me to really tweak the tools I used the most to make sure that I’m actually enjoying the day-to-day work that I do.

And that’s where Dracula, hat tip to my colleague Mike England, really got the ball rolling for me.

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Quick Tip: Fix Library Not Loaded for Node

If you’ve installed Node via Homebrew and, at any point, are trying to execute a shell script to start up a containerized environment (or maybe something else – I’m speaking solely from my experience) and you’re presented with this message or something like it:

dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib/libicui18n.64.dylib
  Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/node
  Reason: image not found
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I’ll Share My Code With Images

For as long as I’ve been writing on this site, I’ve used a combination of syntax highlighting, GitHub gists, or code or pre tags to help share code relevant to a given post.

But the more technical articles I read and the more that I see we, as an entire industry, start to rely versus utilize tools of Stack Overflow and other sites, the more I wonder how much we really understand what we’re writing (or even care) so long as the end results just works.

This isn’t a commentary on how quickly we should ship something. Instead, it’s about how we solve a given problem while also truly learning what it is that we’re incorporating into our codebase.

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