Topics: Unit testing PHP, test images for color-blindness, hands-on learning, RSS on Github, myths of software development.
- The Open Data Protocol (OData) 4.0 has been approved, along with the OData JSON Format 4.0. If you’re not familiar with OData, it’s a standard for reading and writing to data sources with RESTful web services.
- Need to explain computing concepts to somebody? Computer Science Unplugged has some pretty nifty activities that do just that.
- I remember hearing about Flattr years ago – one of the early services for giving back to open source developers – but I had no idea they were still around. And doing reasonably well.
- Migrations in Entity Framework are a topic I could be stronger on. The ADO.NET Blog has some screencasts that just might do the trick.
- Friend Dan passed along another comic I need to add to my list of regulars: CommitStrip.
- Dan also shared some thoughts on a thought-provoking article from Model View Culture about the myth of the software developer. I hope to share my own thoughts on it later this week.
- OSS Perks is a listing of tools and services (including commercial ones) that are available for free to qualifying open source projects.
- Colblinder has a handy Color Blindness Simulator for your images. Upload an image then select different types of vision to see what it looks like. (via @DanielSolis)
- Portable.Text.Encoding is a portable (i.e. cross-platform) implementation of .NET’s Text.Encoding namespace. (via @migueldeicaza)
- Did you know Github repositories can have releases? You can find them using the following URL path:
- To get an RSS feed, just add .atom to the end of the above URL.
Projects, coding, etc.
- Been studying up on WordPress plugins. There’s lots of documentation and tutorials out there, but I found that HardcoreWP has a very nice overview.
- Published a new KB article on Configuring PHPUnit for PhpStorm after introducing unit testing to a WordPress plugin project at work.