A few technical words about Upsideclown, and some thoughts about audiences and the web (17 Aug., 2017, at Interconnected)
Matt writes about the pleasure of independent publishing on the web today:
It feels transgressive to have a website in 2017. Something about having a domain name and about coding HTML which is against the grain now. It’s something big companies do, not small groups. We’re supposed to put our content on Facebook or Medium, or keep our publishing to an email newsletter. But a website?
But he points out a tension between the longevity that you get from hosting the canonical content yourself, and the lack of unified analytics when you syndicate that content elsewhere.
There’s no simple online tool that lets me add up how many people have read a particular story on Upsideclown via the website, the RSS feed, and the email newsletter. Why not? If I add syndication to Facebook, Google, and Apple, I’m even more at sea.
bastianallgeier/letter: Letter is a simple, highly customizable tool to create letters in your browser.
A nice little use of print (and screen) styles from Bastian—compose letters in a web browser.
Instead of messing around in Word, Pages or even Indesign, you can write your letters in the browser, export them as HTML or PDF (via Apple Preview).
I think there’s a lot of truth to this. By any objective measurement, PHP is clearly inferior to just about every other programming language out there …but its preinstalled out-of-the-box nature means it’s the path of least resistance.
A really handy command-line tool that scans your site for mixed content — very useful if you’re making the switch from http to https.
Rachel talks about some of the old-fashioned technologies and business practices driving Perch.
This reminds of a talk by Marco Arment at Webstock a few years back when he described the advantages of not using cutting-edge technologies: most of the time, “boring” well-established technologies are simply more stable.
A new PHP-based content management system. It uses Twig for the templating, which I like.
If you’re trying to retrofit an existing desktop-centric site for small screens, this server-side image-resizing technique might be useful but is definitely not the right tool for a content-out, small-screen-first approach.
This could be handy for the editing process in my home-grown blogging system: a PHP script to convert HTML back to Markdown.
Since Amazon decided to require signed requests for its API, I'm going to have to use this code to keep Huffduffer and The Session working. Grrrr... cool APIs don't change.
A PHP script that adds nice typography to your markup.
Wait... I thought this was considered harmful?
Drew and Rachel's little CMS looks very nice indeed.
John Gruber provides a PHP-based way of busting out of Digg's 90s-style framing. I shall be implementing this forthwith.
Archive your Twitter updates with this PHP script.
A super-simple lightweight PHP class by Kellan for calling the Flickr API and receiving back an array of results.
Like 24 Ways, this is an advent calendar for geeks. But this one is focused on PHP.
A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.