What is wrong with css? [It's] “an old, loose, leaky, globally-operating, inheritance-based language which is entirely dependent on source-order, except when you introduce its own worst feature: Specificity.”
That quote reminded me of a presentation at Boston CSS meetup, given by Bocoup’s Greg Smith: “CSS is Awful”.
Personally, I am a big fan/advocate/apologist for Zurb Foundation. I like it because, while it is true that the code gets bloated with some unused stuff/overrides and it is “trying to be all things for all men”, they actually do a good job of keeping it simple (relatively speaking), have great/flexible “settings” file, and best of all (this is true to a lot of open sourced projects) having a community of issues, discussion/solutions and a solid documentation. Since we have a small team, but everyone is hands-on, I think it is important that we can have some place where each developers can just look up something to see if this is some issue that people are having or not to trouble shoot. Anyway, great presentation and was inspiring. I love CSS!
But Harry has a good point, why do people geeks wear jQuery t-shirts but almost never zurb foundation t-shirts? I’d wear it :)
I started making websites in 1998. Gosh, in the internet years, that’s a forever ago. Remember Perl CGI and its cgi-bin folders? I have also written a lot of website using php along the way, and LAMP stack was sort of my thing for a while. But since I started to focus every efforts on front-end stuff, it have been a while since I looked at simple backends. Some of the sites that I created long ago desparaetly needs some updates. I have, in the past, thought or looked into converting sites to ruby on rails at one point, then looked into python, then thought hard about switching to some kind of static site generator engines (like jekyll or assemble.io), and finally more recently, thought about converting them to MEAN stack. But, really, who has time for that? Lately, I am thinking about just upping my php level and “patcing” it right in php5. Or at least keep the database structure and convert the backends to be more like API or services, still using php.
This weekend, I have been sort of playing with one of my old project: Softball Stats, written by David Carlo. It is an awesome little project.
“SoftballStats is a collection of PHP4 scripts and a MySQL database that track the stats, games, players, and every play made in multiple softball/baseball seasons. SoftballStats also compiles statistics for each player.”
I could use this on my work co-ed softball team, or also use it for my son’s summer league. I started updating it on my github.
Git is just amazing. Learning command line git is one of the best thing that has happen to me. I’ve been lucky to work with some talented guys from bocoup, and I’ve gotten to know quite a bit about it lately and just wanted to document things that I do when I encounter that dreaded (well, not THAT bad) “We can’t automatically merge this pull request.” message.
Also if you have not seen this Cheat Sheet do yourself a favor and take a look.
So, pull request can’t be merged. It’s because what you worked on (likely your branch) have some conflicts with what you are trying to merge, likely origin/master. this stack overflow answer was useful in understanding what I am doing.
My instinct was to git pull. But that is a bad idea (Quick! git reset origin/your-working-branch --hard to get what you have pushed to github!). When you encounter “can’t merge” message, git’s help suggest this:
Step 1: From your project repository, bring in the changes and test.
git fetch origin
git checkout -b your-working-branch origin/your-working-branch
git merge master
fetch then merge is much better than pull. Pull does too much under the hood (as my co-worker Tim says “too much magic”). But still, chance is that you may end up with WAAAAY too many conflicts and therefore very hard to resolve them. Perhaps there is even better idea:
git fetch --all (You may not have to do –all, but I am paranoid and this is my feels safe blanket, if you know what I mean. It’ll ensure you have the latest remotes.)
then git rebase origin/master
Ah, rebase. I had sort of hard time understanding concept of rebase, but perhaps git’s message explained it to me the best. It says “First, rewinding head to replay your work on top of it…” All your commits are “replayed” after changes that are already in master. People used words like “flattening the history” when explaining rebase, which was confusing to me. but “replay your work on top” explanation worked best for me.
When you rebase, or “replay your work on top,” you resolve conflict one by one, as it encounters conflict.
You may get a message like this:
Applying: My commit 1.
Using index info to reconstruct a base tree...
Falling back to patching base and 3-way merge...
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in source/js/folder/file.js
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in source/js/file.js
Failed to merge in the changes.
Patch failed at 0002 My commit 1.
When you have resolved this problem, run "git rebase --continue".
If you prefer to skip this patch, run "git rebase --skip" instead.
To check out the original branch and stop rebasing, run "git rebase --abort".
Nice to have that –abort option. Unlike merge or pull, you can just forget about the whole thing. Continue till you are done.
But because rebase changes the history, you may get message like this.
Your branch and 'origin/your-working-branch' have diverged,
and have 95 and 2 different commits each, respectively.
(use "git pull" to merge the remote branch into yours)
If you push force that message will go away git push origin your-working-branch --force
$ git push origin your-working-branch -f
Counting objects: 51, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (12/12), done.
Writing objects: 100% (13/13), 1.56 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 13 (delta 8), reused 0 (delta 0)
+ 368da98...4266772 your-working-branch -> your-working-branch (forced update)
When you push force you’ll see the previous sha and the new one, so if you mess up and want to revert, simply reset hard on that previous sha and push force again
they look like previous_sha…new_sha
so in this case git reset 368da98 --hard
In case of “Oh Crap, I made a spelling mistake and I just pushed that.”
You could git reset HEAD~1 -- soft to undo last commit and re do it, OR,
change the file, then git commit --amend
Either way, since you already “Pushed” you need to push –force to make it work.
If your working directory is dirty (meaning you have conflicts) and you don’t have any work you need to save:
# Cleans the working directory.
git reset HEAD –hard
# Reset the branch to the remote (in this case your-working-branch.
git reset origin/your-working-branch –hard
Good people at Bocoup puts out this kick-butt conference in Boston every year. I am lucky to have participated in both of those years.
I’ve been posting links that I liked at Posterous (RIP) and then my tumblr blog. Here are the week worth of Articles that I liked: Friday, May 9, 2014:
His conclusion is very similar to my conclusion but better!
If you can go IE 9+ / Android 3+, inline SVG is better at pretty much everything than icon fonts. If you need the deeper browser support, I feel like an inline SVG fallback would be too big of a pain to be worth it.
Definitely worth a read if you are interested in this topic.
I know the photo is terrible, but I wanted to capture the screen size. It is large enough to view any responsive websites without trouble while still fitting in my pocket.
Did it. I have been an iPhone user for a while, but switched to Android. Got myself an Galaxy S5, and like it alot. I noticed that there are bunch of apps out there, perhaps more choices, but quality seems to vary a bit. Looks like you need to be more selective what you choose to use. So far, the transitions were very smooth. I was using Google for most of my stuff — like gmail, contact, google calendar etc — anyway, so that was very simple. And Dropbox integration was great. It is definitely more like computer than phone, and I like it. Samsung Health app have replaced my (lost) fitbit and Sleep as Android app seems fine replacement for SleepCycle. Al the other apps that I was using on iPhone, like MLB At Bat, Waze, FoodSpotting, Wunderlist, Social Media apps (facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Foursquare, Instagram), Evernote, OpenTable, Fantasy Baseball apps (Yahoo, CBS and ESPN) all have native android native versions. Google Play Books are as good as iBooks, and iCloud/Find iPhone capability can be (seems to be, anyway) found on Android Device Manager.
Couple of memos:
Lost my “Alternative Password” once already. To reset it, you just deregister all if your finger prints, and when you strat the process over, it will ask you to set alternative password.
I was recommended to check out Google Now, Keep, & Newsstand. All services that I was not familier with, but it looks interesting. Especially Keep.
Chromecast and its $35 price tag is really enticing.
A Tech friend, and Google guy, recommended following utility stuffs for me: Advanced Task Killer is good for keeping on top of background processes, ES File Explorer is a good general purpose file manager.
I am looking for pod catcher. He recommended AntennaPod, but it looks a bit too basic… Trying out Pocket Casts, (not free) but liking it so far.
MBTA Bus stuff, I was using Catch the Bus on iPhone, just because it was one of the first one out and did its job but since there are bunch of free ones now I am trying out YourBus MBTA. It is pretty good and seems accurate.
I’ve been posting links that I liked at Posterous (RIP) and then my tumblr blog. Here are the week worth of links:
A collection of cool hidden and not so hidden features of Git and GitHub. This cheat sheet was inspired by Zach Holman’s Git and GitHub Secrets talk at Aloha Ruby Conference 2012 (slides) and his More Git and GitHub Secrets talk at WDCNZ 2013 (slides).
I don’t even remember how I first found Zurb Foundation, but it have almost become my obsession. It’s everywhere.
One of the smartest guy I know and a good firend in Tokyo, Keiichi, contacted me and told me that he is going to bootstrap this StartUp. I have not heard from him in a while, And I was really glad and I told him that I will help create his website. Immediately, I started thinking I will create something cool with Foundation and Jekyll. I need to update my repo…
Lucky for me, Kianosh Pourian and Dale Sande’s excellent Sass in Depth book came out about the time when I was getting into Foudation and its beautifully crafted SASS, it has been a great help and timing. I took Advanced Foundation class last year, I’ve converted my blog to Reverie-based one and I have successfully integrated Pattern Lab (another of my obsession, you could say — and I know, I know, Brad Frost says “do the sh*t yourself…”) with Foundation for my work, on vagrant box, no less!
So perhaps it was just fitting that I made my first Open Source pull request on github today. On Foundation. Yay, Open Source!
I am a huge fan of Zurb Foundation and I hope they will stop in Boston for their World Tour and perhaps organize a Boston Foundation Users Meetup? Not sure if there are enough interest? Maybe we can host Cascade Bos meetup?
I am learning tons this week. Very exciting. Working with smart people of Bocoup, learning/picking up tricks and tips on how to do many little “a-ha, that’s how you do it” things.
Here is my notes:
With Editor Config, you can create a project specific configfiles for your text editor of your choice. I am using sublime, and there is a package for that. Now we have a file on the project home that specify that we use tab for indentation for our project — that’s our style that we agreed on, and we are keeping it consistent — but I can start using two spaces for my other projects with this.
Bower is powerful. It’s managed by Twitter. Their stock is now at $40. Time to buy?
This gist by Matt Surabian is awesome. If you put it in your .bash_profile, your terminal shows your branch and with a * star if there is a change that needs commits. I use terminal with white backgroudn so I change like 38 to
echo " on "$PURPLE$branch$dirty
If you don’t want new line, get rid of \n from line 41.
He is originally from Maine, and there was an interesting report on Boston’s WBUR, about his decedents, who didn’t know anything about what he did in Japan. The reporter, Theo Balcomb, is a family member.
After Horace Wilson left the farm in Maine and fought in the Civil War, he traveled to Japan in 1871 and became a teacher. He then taught at what would become Tokyo University. There, he introduced to the students the game of baseball. This is my own opinion, but I think the duel between a pitcher and a batter, even though this is a team game played between teams, had appealed to the Japanese “samurai” style — I think of the duel between Musashi Miyamoto and Kojiro Sasaki on Ganryujima in the early 1600′s. but I digress.
I think it is fascinating that his family was completely unaware until the Japanese historian contacted them. I guess Horace never bothered to tell the family, or perhaps he didn’t think much of it then — who could imagine that the baseball will be cultivated in Japan over hundred years, through World Wars, and produce likes of Ichiro Suzuki and two World Baseball Classic Titles. Whatever the reason, this is a very unique story, and worth a read/listen.