I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.
As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.
I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.
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.”
open source software development advice
If you do a thing in an open source project, and you have a hard time doing it because it's not documented, after you finish doing the thing... document it. If the project has a wiki, put it in the wiki. If it has a docs repo you can write to, put it there. Or at least blog about it so search engines can index it.
Please don't leave the solution to languish in a chat log somewhere.
“[Jack] Poulson has started Tech Inquiry, a non-profit that aims to make it easier for coders with a conscience to speak out inside their companies when they feel ethical boundaries are being crossed.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/13/google-whistleblower-launches-project-to-keep-tech-ethical
“Generalise, don't specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us” http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/12/generalise-dont-specialise-why-focusing-too-narrowly-is-bad-for-us
I don’t even understand how this made it passed peer review.
“The study has limitations: only  participants were involved, and the experiments only involved responses from white people.”
Tim Cook: “If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human.”
“There is no one right way to do APIs. Sure, there are many different processes, practices, & tools that can help you optimize your API operations, but despite popular belief, there is no single ‘right way’ to define, design, provide, or consume APIs.”
PixelFed is a free open federated alternative to Instagram.
There are lots of different instances you can sign up at, for example:
It is part of the ActivityPub-powered Fediverse, so you can follow PixelFed accounts from Mastodon etc. For example: @earth
You can follow the project's latest news at @pixelfed
The emperor woke when a hand was placed over his mouth.
"I evaded all your guards," the assassin whispered, "and outwitted all your traps."
The emperor nodded, and the assassin took a step back.
"Is it five three?" the emperor asked
"Yes, I've won five. Let's swap clothes now."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
@JPEG For reference, here is the behavior I see. The only thing I did before it started doing this was to add a second account, which was also on the same instance as the first account I added. Both accounts are on this phpc.social instance.
Earlier this morning, it was crashing like this, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it.
@JPEG I really love Mast. Unfortunately, it often crashes and I have to uninstall and reinstall it. Are there any tips to avoid this? It doesn’t appear that others have the same issue, so maybe it’s my device or the server I’m connecting to? I have multiple accounts on the same server. Could that be an issue?
Hey developers & ActivityPub enthusiasts!
@GetTogetherComm is a free open alternative to MeetUp.com.
The lead developer needs help with implementing federation, either coding or better documentation about ActivityPub.
There's an open issue for it here:
There's been discussion but no code contributions yet.
Can you help?
(It would be *so* cool to get this kind of service federated, imagine every town having its own instance )
http://friendsofphp.org has published an open API allowing you to search for and see events for local PHP user groups around the world. They include data from a variety of sources (not just Meetup).
Open source. Open community. We are dedicated to building and enriching the PHP community.