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Watch: We Strongly Recommend You Write Best Practices

What to watch this week, Lauren Rother from PuppetLabs give us their best practices to write best practices. A great set of recommendations for writing and mantaining your best practice documentation.

The Async Software Development Manifesto Revised

The 'Async Software Development Manifesto' has been making the rounds on sites like HackerNews and /r/programming; and while I don't agree entirely with all that is proposed, some of the points made by the author made so much sense that I felt motivated to break them down and make some contributions of my own.

Watch: Funny Tech Support

What to watch this week, Let's have a laugh watching Wes Borg and his fanstatic routine on the perils of tech support.

Watch: The Myth of the Genius Programmer

What to watch this week, In this week video Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-sussman talk about the pervasive myth of the uber-programmer the know it all genius; why everyone secretly wants to be considerad a genius and how this can affect the collaboration and behavior.

Watch: What is Docker?

What to watch this week, Solomon Hykes explains the docker platform and how it can help developers to build and deploy apps more easily. Great for those that want to understand more about the docker platform.

Watch: Magento Fireside Chats on Testing

What to watch this week, the Magento Fireside Chats on testing. On this series of hangouts Magento developers come together to discuss their different approaches to testing, covering a variety of tools like Selenium, PHPUnit, PHPSpec, Menta and more.

Watch: How to Build a Framework

What to watch this week, an amazing talk by Max Lynch from Ionic, where we recalls his experiences while creating the Ionic framework. Great Insights for anyone looking to start an open source project regardless if is a framework or not.

Exploring Hack: Building a MicroFramework

As a full-time Magento Developer I deal with a very specific kind of PHP every single day; this can at time get rather boring since rarely one can apply new technologies or programming concepts. One of the new languages that keeps grabbing my attention is HACK, which is almost identical to PHP in terms of syntax but at the same time implements some of the more attractive features from statically typed languages.

Swiss Army Knife Syndrome

Software needs to be as clean and as simple as it can practically be. To follow the knife analogy, good code should be like a chef's knife. A chef's knife has a clear and defined set of uses. A professional chef will use the right kind of knife for the job. This is how we should think about our code.

Flexible PHP Development with PHPFarm

If you have been working with PHP for a while, chances are that you have come across with a project, extension or script that requires to be tested on multiple PHP versions, for simple CLI scripts this seems easy enough but what happens when you are working with complex applications, developing for frameworks or multiple versions of them ?