106: With Nick Pettit

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This week we were joined by Nick Pettit, educator at Treehouse, an online learning platform. We talked about (roughly in order):


  • 17:25 Correction regarding Drupal and 1000 script/style files.
  • 20:10 Github releases Atom, a hackable text editor

Q & A:

  • 23:29 I’m curious about making the shift from HTML, CSS, jQuery, WordPress development to Full Stack JS. It seems the front end world is making a huge shift in that direction, and I thought it would be a good career move for me to do one of these 8 week bootcamps to get me started. What do you guys think?
  • 30:24 I considered myself pretty versed in HTML, CSS, but with a desire to learn more particularly Javascript and it’s connection to CSS for dynamic website building. I feel that if I add this skill it could change a lot things for me professional. How can a service like Treehouse help me put it all together?
  • 39:15 I’ve been learning Ruby for the past 2 months and have now started learning Rails v4. My problem: I’m using Treehouse and they use Rails 3. What kind of issues should expect?
  • 46:08 This summer I’ll start trying to find some paid projects to do and I was wondering: what is best way to get the client set up with hosting and domain?
  • 50:47 I would love for you guys to talk a little bit about Content Editable. I work on the project Barley and have learned a lot about CE over the past year and it has been a painful process. There is not many resources out there so it has been mostly trial and error.


  • 36:00 Adobe – Adobe believes that web standard technologies are the future for creative expression. They are addressing different parts of the web design process with fantastic tools like:
    • Edge Animate (for creating animated, interactive content with HTML)
    • Edge Reflow (for creating responsive designs)
    • Edge Code (for writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
    • Edge Inspect (for previewing and inspecting web designs on devices)
    • You can learn more at html.adobe.com/edge.
  • 44:02 E4H: Responsive Web Design Summit – The best conference for learning all about RWD. A 3 day online-conference (April 1,2,3) featuring talks by Tim Kadlec, Tammy Everts, Jenn Lukas, Dave Rupert, Dan Mall, Matt Griffin and more. Get your tickets now! And remember to save 20% any kind of ticket with coupon code SHOPTALKSHOW.

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  • yay this is special, ima big fan of treehouse show,i’m so excited to hear nicks voice. thankyou shoptalkshow
    what about bring Gregg Pollack@codeschool?

  • WHOA!! Did Adobe just sponsored my favorite show? I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!! <3

  • In regards to the Content Editable, Adobe CQ CMS allows author level users to edit content on the Author instance. So you have basically two different instances of your website, Author and Publish. Your live site would be the Publish instance, but through the Author instance, authors can edit anything on their pages by double clicking on a paragraph, image, link or whatever component you have developed. Then when changes have been approved, those changes can be “activated” to the Publish instance. It really just opens up the page creation to content creators and not necessarily the developer.