Automating Server Setup with Ansible

There’s no doubt that building a web server from scratch is a great learning experience, and one that I recommend all WordPress developers undertake. Doing so will give you a greater understanding of the various components required to serve a website, not just the code you write. It can also broaden your knowledge on wider …

An introduction to immutable infrastructure

Why you should stop managing infrastructure and start really programming it.

Decoupling the Framework

On Deprecating ServiceLocatorAware

Paying Technical Debt – How To Rescue Legacy Code through Refactoring

Advice and lessons learned on how to get a legacy codebase under control and bring it to a new level of maturity.

Comic Book FX Lettering with SVG Filters

In two previous articles I’ve talked about using SVG to make comic book speech bubbles; in this one, I’m going to look at text effects associated with lettering for sound effects, which are more broadly applicable to web design.

Cattle vs Kittens – On Cloud Platforms No One Hears the Kittens Dying

When you are enter a discussion about Cloud Computing with legacy IT people, you often (always) tell the story of handling IT infrastructure with the "Cattle vs Kittens". The story highlights the d...

Scaling CloudFlare’s Massive WAF

CloudFlare wants to provide a WAF to a very large number of customers.

Using syslog for your php applications

Linux, and other unices have an excellent system to centralize log events. This is done through syslog. This system removes the need for every application ...

The Dark Corners of Your UI

The other day, the engineering manager on my team was testing some stuff and happened upon this heartbreakingly terrible interface: He pinged the designers and we obviously filed a design bug immediately to bring that page up to any kind of snuff.... | Cap Watkins | Sr. Product Design Manager at Etsy. Formerly at Amazon, Formspring and Zoosk. Draws pretty pictures on the Internet all day.