Become A Better Web Developer

Sarah Hawk

For the last month or so there has been a frenzy of Yammers around SitePoint cyberspace — all to do with our new tagline. It’s hard to get ~25 people to agree on anything, let alone something as important as a tagline. But we did. We have decided that we’re all about one thing here at SitePoint, and that is helping you to ‘become a better web developer.’ So if you haven’t noticed it yet, check out our banner. We’re very proud of how snazzy it’s looking.

At the opposite end of the brand-new-things spectrum, today at the SitePoint forums we say farewell to The Golden Posts Prize Program. The competition has been running for a month and I am really pleased with the results. We have seen some really brilliant posts and I’ve been enjoying giving away free books! I hope that this competition has shown you that a good post doesn’t have to be long or demonstrate expertise on a subject. A really great post might just be a simple question that makes you think… or it might be a clearly explained answer with an example. But the best posts in my opinion are those that are made with other people in mind. If you ask for help and you get it, come back and tell us how it went. Someone in the future will love you for that, even if you don’t get a free book.

Now that May’s contest is out of the way, I have something new up my sleeve for June. In theory I should wait until tomorrow to let the cat out of the bag, but I am one of those people that just can’t keep a secret or wait for a surprise. In fact, when I was a kid I would secretly open my Christmas presents as soon as they went under the tree and then carefully re-wrap them so that no one would know. Sometimes I would even swap them with my sister’s one if hers was a better colour. But I’m getting somewhat off topic here.

SitePoint forums

I have decided that because I’m running so late with my post this week, it is close enough to June that I can justify telling you now that starting tomorrow, I am running a SitePoint t-shirt competition. Yup – you heard it here first. It is years since we released our last official t-shirt and if our Facebook fans are anything to go by, you’re pretty keen for a new one. So check out the News and Announcements forum tomorrow for the details.

Hot Topics This Week
We’re congratulating our latest Member of the Month Andrew Cooper, in News and Announcements, so drop by and say something nice.

In the Internet Marketing forum this week we ask a question that I can’t believe we haven’t asked before. And that question is what makes you bookmark a website?

There is a very interesting conversation going on in the Accessibility and Usability forum about designing for disabilities. If you coded with only one disability in mind, which disability would it be?

There is a discussion about our latest CSS article Drop Cap: The Next Generation going on in… you guessed it… the CSS forum.

Hop over to the General Chat forum and tell us what the internet means to you.

Well it’s getting late here so I’m signing off. Catch you next week – but don’t forget to check out News and Announcements tomorrow… t-shirts remember?

Feature image by Chris Roberts from Digital Precision

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  • ammark

    I love the tagline. its bold, unique and says what SP is here to do. i am proud of your SP.!

  • http://www.mikehealy.com.au cranial-bore

    Like the new header. It’s good that the “logo” is no longer clickable 500px to the right of where the graphic ends (in the middle of white space). I would have thought “be a better web developer” was slightly more concise, but getting 25 people to agree is an impressive enough feat.

    I wonder when the first person will complain that the hypothetical form in your design points to a physical .php file, and that an MVC approach would be better?

    • Andy White

      Actually, our search app is MVC – search.php is just the entry point to that app. It doesn’t really make a difference whether the URL is to a physical file with a .php extension or to a rewritten URL that then points to the file in question! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Bbbb…bbb…better?

    Better is the enemy of the good.