I’m Ben, a web dev, author, & speaker. I’ve been at this for >20 years, & I’m always eager to help. If you have questions about the Web, FOSS, PHP, or APIs, ask.
I advocate for decentralization, open source, open standards, & the Commons; I believe good UX is the key to mass adoption.
I’m active in the PHP community. I founded Atlanta PHP & co-organize @nashvillephp, & I authored the popular ramsey/uuid library.
I’ve spoken at many conferences. If you see me at one, say “hi.”
Some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes are the ones with James Corden. I wish he had been a regular companion for a while.
I have to learn that it’s okay to toot your own horn sometimes…
My ramsey/uuid package is currently the 40th most-starred PHP package on GitHub.
Boost if you are not a robot.
Humanities folks: are there any open source software libraries/packages that you consider good and reputable for analyzing English grammar and structure and offering hints/suggestions for improvement? Ideally, I’m looking for a library I can embed or link against from another program.
It looks like I screwed up that thread and it got branched. Oops! Here’s the start of the other branch, so that you don’t miss all my posts.
I spent the first half of this week at the #apistrat conference, and I spent all my time on #birdsite talking about it. In case you missed all my posts, they’re all captured in a single thread, so if you’re interested in API Strat, you can read through the thread here:
I am very wary of open source software libraries that purport to check your spelling and grammar. Most of the ones I’m finding appear to be written by developers with no background in language or literature, and much of the documentation is riddled with grammar errors and awkward sentence construction.
Pro-tip: if you’re going to write software for a specialized domain, either consult with experts in that domain or become one yourself.
"Ozymandias" is often read as a warning on the hubris of desiring immortality but it should be read as being about how good Ozy's workers were at making durable pedestals
Its Friday! Here is my #followFriday list:
@pfefferle - indieweb, wp ap plugin
@gcluley - Computer security chap
@pollita - core php dev
@ramsey - web dev, admin of phpc.social
@bagder - dev, creator of curl
Also: Modern software is a mess because its messiness doesn't fundamentally matter. When it needs not to be messy, it isn't messy because people invest in tightness.
Time is the scarcest resource almost always. A messy working thing beats a tight not-yet-done thing at meeting user needs.
The messiness will rarely be in the places that mattered to the user, which is the fitness test for success.
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Thank you to Jakob Westhoff for allowing the use of the photograph "elePHPants walking through the light."