For somebody working in a development agency, estimation is a critical part of the job. Different companies handle this process differently, and the method can be anything from a wild guess (“That’ll cost around $n”) to a very methodic approach.
As an avid reader of The Four Hour Workweek, The Four Hour Body, and The Four Hour Chef, I have to admit that I was extremely excited about The Tim Ferriss Experiment, a new TV show in which Ferriss uses himself as a human guinea pig to choose new skills and learn them at an incredibly accelerated rate. In the pilot episode, Tim has just five days to learn how to play the drums. At the end of five days, he’ll be playing onstage with Foreigner in front of a live audience. Along the way, he has assistance from Chris Frazier (the band’s drummer) and Stewart Copeland (percussionist from “The Police”).
The year was 2008. I was a senior in high school, and I had been running a web development business with a longtime friend for two years. During this time, my partner and I had produced over half a million lines of code for our in-house CMS. It was built on CodeIgniter, which was quite popular at the time - and for good reason: the developer experience was exceptionally good, and pretty much everything in the system was unbelievably well documented.
There are a myriad of books about pretty much every open-source editor/IDE on the market today, but it seems like most people try to avoid writing about commercial IDEs. There has long been a need for a good book about commercial IDEs, and PhpStorm in particular. Today, I have been invited to review Włodzimierz Gajda’s new book, Instant PhpStorm Starter.
I’m in the process of moving away from a Mac to Linux, and one of the things that I’m looking for is a desktop application that manages my tasks and also syncs with an Android application. In my opinion, there is no better Android task application than Any.do, however the only thing that they have that even remotely resembles a desktop application is a Chrome extension. While that’s helpful, it doesn’t provide the level of desktop integration that I prefer, so I decided to try to write one.
PhpStorm 6.0 came out yesterday, and it’s very very nice. One of the cool new features is that it can connect to what it calls a “Generic” task server. This is for services that Jetbrains has not built service-specific integration for yet. Drupal.org definitely falls into this category. So without further adieu, I present the holy grail of IDE integration:
Have a pet problem that you need help with, but don’t have the resources to hire somebody to work on it? This Saturday at 1pm and 1:30pm MST, I’m going to pick two people to give 1-on-1 support to via Google Hangouts. The only catch is that the entire 30 minute session will be recorded and shared on YouTube publicly so that it can help anybody. If you’re interested, please submit details of your problem through my contact form with the “Drupal help” category and I’ll get in touch with you if you’re selected. I’m considering doing this every Saturday at the same time, but we’ll see how this first one goes.