News & Updates
EDIT 2/2/2012: Google likes to randomly change the CSS/page structure of the Realtime Analytics page. You can always get the updated version at the demo page I have set up (since I use it for the TV display at work and fix it when it breaks). It has changed twice so far since this post.
I recently upgraded my Android dev kit to check out the Icecream Sandwich update. It's important that app developers check that their existing apps work under 4.0 since it'll be coming to devices eventually.
I try to subscribe to security and release announcement RSS feeds in Google Reader since it's bad practice to let software become out of date, especially on a web server. At the very least you'll know of a vulnerability and be able to patch it. Here are some important ones I use:
Having recently started development with Android, I noticed that the emulator takes ages to load up initially. My original thought was that testing a change would take a very long time. However, this is not the case. If you launch an emulator from the Eclipse SDK, you must remember not to close the emulator window. When you make changes and relaunch the application your changes will automatically be installed on the existing emulator. This is something that wasn't completely obvious to me when I started.
I feel starting out as a person who makes websites today is different than it was 12 years ago when I started. Back then I had literally no guide and I was a middle school student. Somehow, I pulled through and that experience is an interesting thing to look at now that I'm a little older. Compared to some I am still a beginning web developer, but I now do it professionally and make a living with it.
Here is a list of things I'd recommend to anyone starting out on the path of web development.
Recently, a user filed a dispute against one of my digital subscription-based websites. Having never dealt with a PayPal dispute before, I went in not knowing what to expect. I examined the user's account in Ubercart and they had definitely paid via PayPal and the IPN information was sent back to the site that the order had been successful. The user had also received the digital subscriber role. PayPal contacted me noting the user had filed a dispute against me that they did not receive the product. However, I could see that they very clearly had.
I wrote a blog post about Stewardship and Information Technolgy on the Acton PowerBlog. Be sure to check it out!
The upcoming WordPress 3.2 release will be thankfully dropping IE6 support. This is a welcome change and means themers and developers no longer have to take a step back 10 years when doing their job. I believe this change will hasten the removal of the browser since WordPress is a large chunk of the web.