5 Git Aliases I Can’t Live Without

I’m a huge fan of shortcuts. Aliases,  hacks, scripts, automations, workarounds… I love unnecessary  optimization, so it should come as no surprise that I’m particularly  fond of the alias functionality in Git—so much so that it inspired me to  contribute a similar feature to the Vagrant project…

An Introduction to Vagrant Aliases

A  few years ago, I checked off an item on my Open Source Bucket List when  I pitched—and ultimately contributed—a brand new feature to HashiCorp’s  Vagrant: command aliases. While aliases have been a core Vagrant feature for some time, there hasn’t been a lot of coverage…

4 Tired Developer Debates That Need to Just Die Already

I’ve  never been a particularly confrontational person. In the workplace, I  would much rather maintain good relationships with my coworkers than  engage in endless debates over something that ultimately doesn’t benefit  the product or the team. Unfortunately,  software developers love to argue. Whether it is about style, tooling,…

Write Clean PHP Code (or “else”)

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live — John WoodsWriting clean code isn’t hard, but sometimes getting a piece of code to work right can get in the way of making it maintainable. Unfortunately, as…

Lazy, Stupid, and Mean

The Art of Writing Defensive Documentation Always write as if your reader is lazy, stupid, and mean… My 9th grade English teacher gave me that piece of advice nearly twenty years ago, and it has shaped the way I’ve thought about writing ever since. Defensive DocumentationLet’s face it,…

Establishing a Documentation Strategy: A Practical Template

Prioritizing documentation can be a struggle at any organization but, in my personal experience, a well-crafted documentation strategy can make that struggle seem far less real. Included below is a template I have personally used to propose and promote good documentation standards in the past. While it is far from…

Writing a Damn Good README File

Raise your hand if you’ve ever read a README file. Now, keep that hand raised if you’ve ever written a README file. I’m going to take a shot in the dark and assume that your hand is still raised; at least, it’s raised in spirit, since…