Posts Categorized: Open source software

Open letter to Matt Mullenweg

Dear Matt, I’ve been a long-time user of WordPress, clocking up well over a decade both publishing on and building plugins for it. I love it – and I even tried to get a job at Automattic (but that’s a story for another time). Recently I’ve been really impressed with the work done around privacy,… Read more »


In a moment of madness – proved by the spelling mistake – I tweeted that 2018 would be the year I go full IndieWeb. But what is it? Basically, IndieWeb is a movement of people who want to own their own data, not have it wholly controlled by corporations. So rather than posting updates to… Read more »

Unit testing in WordPress

One of the things I really appreciate about developing in the .Net stack is the fantastic unit test support. Using mocking libraries like moq and leaning on the power of nunit to handle my dependencies means I can write unit tests that truly do test just the unit under test. True unit tests are useful for three… Read more »

Spotlight: jQuery plugin

Recently I worked on a website help system, the main feature of which was to highlight particular elements on areas of the page. You know the kind of thing: ‘Click the highlighted search button to search your data’. The designs I was given showed the web page covered by a semi-transparent grey overlay, except for… Read more »

Summit Events

There’s a great little – although rapidly growing – web industry meetup in Leeds called Hey!Stac, run by the nice chaps from We Are Stac. I’m a regular attendee and really enjoy the mix of design, front-end development and deeper technical talks that are delivered each month by all kinds of interesting speakers. It’s a… Read more »