Evolution of my WordPress theme development workflow

I’ve been using WordPress to create client websites for over five years now. In that time, everything has changed. Multiple times. Everything’s amazing, but web development has gotten more complex, not less. The depth of knowledge required to use the HTML/CSS/JavaScript stack is staggering, and the abundance of tools created to make it easier has just added another layer of “things you need to know”. And that’s completely ignoring which tooling you should choose in the first place.

Still, I’d take today’s development environment any day.

I did a little reminiscing and came up with a few major phases in my years creating WordPress themes for customers.

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Google App Engine: Embrace the Constraints

Google App Engine
Google made a big announcement Monday night that has the web development community talking. They announced and released a preview version of App Engine, a set of tools that lets you quickly build web applications and deploy them to Google’s infrastructure for instant scalability. I want to talk a bit about why it is important to web entrepreneurs, and why Amazon’s web services division doesn’t need to be worried – yet.

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