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Whether you’re building the next software unicorn or a more humble (and realistic) self-funded startup, building that startup requires information from others. You’re going to need a reliable way to gather those various bits of information. It needs to be branded with your brand and identity. It should be attractive, very easy to maintain and deploy. So here’s how JotForm and its new take on surveys, JotForm Cards, can take a lot of the pain…

One thing you learn pretty quickly with WordPress is that unless you’re a fulltime WP developer you’re going to need someone who is. There are simply too many things that can break – themes that auto-update but auto-fail; plugins that start doing strange things for no apparent reason; hosting issues that keep your clients from even getting to your site. You don’t need the hassle. You don’t need taking time away from your latest cool…

This week I happened to listen to two episodes back to back to Wes Bos’ new podcast Syntax – confirming a) It’s not just me that has gone back over to the Dark Side with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code and b) this guy has lots of good content for developers. The two episodes – The Command Line for Web Developers and Why is everyone switching to VS Code (I switched about 3 months ago and…

Devs cannot resist tools. On any given workday we are in the blender with a swirling whirlwind of technologies, frameworks, libraries, user stories. The more of them you know, or at least know they exist, the more and better code you can write. So here’s three quick recommendations for finding more useful stuff, primarily for the frontend.  jaywcjlove over at https://github.com/jaywcjlove/awesome-mac/blob/master/README-en.md has comipiled a huge list of everything Mac applications and tools for developers and designers. If it’s not on…

Developer teams succeed or fail largely depending on what their development process is. A good process raises all boats and sends them happily steaming to success; a bad process or one that’s overly complicated for the project or the size of the team or complexity of the software makes everything harder, slower, and more painful than it should be. Most of the developers reading this post are very familiar with GitHub (My sincere condolences if…

While CoffeeScript has been the default since Rails 3, and continues to be the default in Rails 5, the wider developer community is moving to ES6 whether Rails developers like it or not. I won’t pretend some deeper technical knowledge that makes ES6 “better” than old reliable CoffeeScript, but I think most Rails developers will be depreciating CS for ES6 in the months and years ahead, if for no other reason than keeping two different dialects…

If you or your team are at point where you’re ready to bestow on your startup a pricing page, you’re going to want to head over to PricingPages.xyz first. There you’ll find example after example of how other companies have designed their all-important monetization moment. A good pricing page has to hit multiple goals: It has help users sort themselves out into the subscription or plan that will actually best suit them, It has to make the case…

Everyday on the web we as consumers hit one or more dark patterns, usually involving trying to squeeze a little more engagement, or a little more money out of us. Sometimes they can be quite insidious  – like having an unsubscribe form with many options, one of which you need to skip to actually unsubscribe – and sometimes as in your face as finding your checkout cart is “helping” you by adding accessories. There’s 14 such patterns…

The reality for would-be technical startup founders is you’re going to have to learn and master a ton of information about non-technical stuff: marketing, content marketing, seo marketing, pricing your product, raising money, raising more money (not the same thing), etc. etc. etc. Sure, you can google each and every one of these topics, sort through all the posts that are just filler between ads, and ferret out actionable information. Good luck with that. You soon…

I noticed this morning that two of my favorite developer podcasts – Ruby5 and 5 minutes of Javascript – had stopped updating in Overcast, my podcast player of choice. I went to the sites and got the scary Google message you see in this post. WTF? It would be highly ironic of both these develoepr podcasts had screwed up their SSL certs. Unfortunately, the truth was far worse: That’s right: Code School’s new owners had turned off…