This past week I released a simple jQuery plugin on GitHub. It’s nothing special; in fact, I don’t imagine very many people ever needing it. But I learned quite a few valuable lessons during the development process—not just about writing jQuery plugins specifically, but about creating, developing, and releasing a software product and publishing its source code for all the world to see.
I’m not necessarily going to say anything groundbreaking here. You’ve probably heard many of them before. In fact, I already knew a lot of these things at least on an intellectual level, but there’s definitely something different about learning from real experience. I hope these little lessons I’ve learned will be helpful to some of you.
Today I’d like to talk about two different cloud IDEs that I’ve had the chance to use, Koding and Codio, and the pros and cons of each. I know that cloud IDEs aren’t really new at this point, and these two that I’m talking about certainly aren’t the only ones out there, but I’ve only recently gotten into this game. Hopefully my perspective will help you if you’re trying to decide on a cloud IDE to go with.
Spoiler: I prefer Codio and use it quite a bit. What you get for the price is great, and overall it seems faster and more polished than Koding.
Hi. Yes, I’m still here. And check out my new design! It may not look like much, but it represents a big step for me.
You see, ever since I started this Octopress blog, I always had this nagging feeling that I should do something about the design. The default Octopress theme is nice, but nobody wants to stick with the default theme, right? It’s like how Twitter Bootstrap looks nice, but it’s so nice that for a while it seemed as if half of the Web were using it. You could spot a Bootstrap-based site immediately (still can, I suppose). And you could pin my blog as an Octopress blog immediately, too. Not that that was a bad thing, but I didn’t want this to get written off as “yet another Octopress blog.”
I wanted to create a new theme. Oh, I had big plans. I envisioned adapting one of the awesome templates by HTML5 Up, and eventually open-sourcing it so everyone could easily integrate it into their own Octopress blogs. But then some things started happening in the Octopress world that put me in stop-and-wait mode for quite a while.