Haven’t had any new sites to post in quite a while, but this was worth mentioning.
PHP 7 came out yesterday. Here’s the migration guide if you just want to know what’s new.
Seriously, how did I never know about this until today?
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Bookmarking for my own future use: Static Website Generators Reviewed at Smashing Magazine.
Finally, Drupal 8 left beta and provided a release candidate last week. As soon as things slow down at work, it’ll be time to start learning the ins and outs of this. (I won’t be moving away from Drupal 7 for some time, because of all the custom modules I’ve come to depend on. But that doesn’t mean my next project can’t start with the new version.)
I was overjoyed when I saw that the latest versions of Safari for both OS X and iOS did away with the need to use -webkit- prefixes in CSS animations and flexbox. I’m still including them for the time being, and probably will for at least a year, to ensure compatability. But it’s as good a reason to point out that if you’re not on the flexbox train, you’re missing out on some powerful stuff.
CSS tricks has a great page called “A Complete Guide to Flexbox“, and I’ve been referring back to it constantly as I use it more and more in my current project. If you haven’t memorized all the nuances of flexbox yet, keep this one handy.
Previous to this, jQuery 1.x was the IE8-compatible version and 2.x was the forward-looking version which only worked in IE9 and modern browsers. This was confusing to a lot of newcomers who just assumed that 2.x was the latest and greatest version, so now we have”jQuery Compat” 3.x and jQuery 3.x instead.
Please note that there are some breaking changes, plus this is an alpha release, so don’t do anything reckless like using it in production untested.
This article is relevant to my interests. I’ve spent the last couple of months learning my way around Drupal 7 and the Panopoly distro (and waiting patiently for Drupal 8 to be ready to use), and it seems like every time I think I’ve finally got the hang of it, I find something new to try out.