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Another RAPID-FIRE for you this week; nothing but HOT question and answer madness.

We answered questions about sidebar layouts, Linux as a dev environment, authentication in rails apps, managing personal and business branding and social media, salaries for junior developers, automated pre-launch testing, and managing WordPress databases. Dave also reveals his secret desire to switch to Windows for a year.

We talked about (roughly in order):

Q & A:

  • 4:08 My question is about empty sidebars on long “pages” (trying to get away form using that word). Many websites have a sidebar column floated to one side of the viewport, and once you scroll past the content in the sidebar it’s empty space. Is there a good fix for this?
  • 10:12 It seems that in webdev land, Mac is the king, Windows is a footnote, and Linux is the redheaded step-child that nobody talks about. What do you guys think about Linux as a developer environment?
  • 19:27 So I have this… uh… friend… who’s building a Rails app and he, I mean she, is wondering about Authentication. Rails has this gem called Devise and there’s two standard plugins that aren’t enabled by default: Confirmable and Lockable. Confirmable will send email confirmation to verify accounts. This seems pretty standard right? Lockable will lock out the account after a few failed attempts. Should she enable both of those?
  • 26:32 How do you guys strike a balance between your personal and business brands across all social platforms? How do you decide if a tweet should be from your personal account or business account? When do you cross promote? Do your messages change across platforms? Do you simply repeat the same post on twitter, facebook, google+, etc or do you adjust your message based on the platform?
  • 38:23 What do you think about employers willing to pay $20/hour or less with junior (front-end) developers? Does salary raise any red flags?
  • 42:33 Have you ever used, or know of any existing tools that use JS automation to check things on a pre-launch checklist?
  • 49:44 Is there a point that WP suffers a performance hit due to a large database?

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  • Daniel De Alday

    I’m super excited for you to come to Long Beach for CSS Dev Conf 2015 and I’m hoping to have saved up enough money to buy a ticket to attend. I’ve been studying front end web development independently to make a career transition so it’d be amazing to sit in that weekend to listen to the noise.

    When you’re here be sure to check out http://www.seoulmatelbc.com/ for The Old Boy burrito (bulgogi/Korean marinated beef) or http://www.yelp.com/biz/mvps-grill-and-patio-long-beach for the Ronaldinho sandwich. Just a suggestion or two for good lunch eats during your visit!

    Cheers!

    • chriscoyier

      Nice! Thanks for the tips

  • Jim Jordan

    RE: platforms @ 10:12
    Come on in. The water’s fine. I’ve been multi-platform for the past 20+ years. In 2009 I moved primarily to Linux, originally for web development and eventually for graphics/3D/video as well. Many of my graphics programs run fine on Wine for Linux (Photoshop, Lightwave, FreeHand, Expression, Dreamweaver) and there are plenty of native apps that complete my toolset: Lightworks, Brackets, Geany.

    Whether Mac or Linux, it is still important to have a Windows virtual machine to test web product in IE. I do this with free VirtualBox and the free VMs at http://dev.modern.ie/tools/vms/