188: Rapidfire 52

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Rapidfire #52 includes questions about Jekyll, Team Foundation Server, server performance, design training, minimum touch size, cascade vs cascade, estimating projects and as usual - a whole lot more.



Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert in silly sunglasses and a sign that says Shawp Tawlkk Shough DOT COM

Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert

This episode is with just Chris & Dave, ShopTalk Show's hosts. Chris is the co-founder of CodePen and creator of CSS-Tricks, and Dave is lead developer at Paravel.

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  • 3:11 What can I get with Jekyll that is more superior? Is it just the ability to able to write in markdown?
  • 10:35 When Paravel worked on were you using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for version control or Git? Since this is a Microsoft product I was wondering if they were using it. Also concerning #davegoeswindows, did you/are you moving from Git to TFS? If so how is it going with TFS?
  • 13:25 I understand performance basics like minimizing requests, gzip, and browser caching, but I’d like to learn more about how servers work because I feel like I’m missing out on a big part of the performance picture.
  • 21:00 Are there specific courses geared towards web design that you guys would recommend? Or, do you know what a good starting point for an intermediate designer would be?
  • 25:00 What minimum size do you find most comfortable for touch events?
  • 30:40 What does the term “cascade” mean in regards to CSS? There seem to be two commonly used but different definitions. So which is it? Or is it both? Or does it even matter?
  • 34:34 I have been learning a lot about keyboard accessibility lately and am trying to be more proactive in using this best practice. Any advice on controlling focus (specifically within dropdown menus or otherwise hidden elements)?
  • 44:00 Is there a great place to go for learning how to master Wordpress’ functions.php file? I feel like my template development would be a lot stronger/easier if I only understood what could go in that file.
  • 50:32 Do we still need to create a site map for a site? I don’t think anyone typically used them except for circumstances where they can’t find what they’re looking for. Does Google need it?
  • 53:17 I’ve landed the role of PM in a 3-man startup, and I was hoping you both could give some insights into what methods have worked for you when it comes to budget estimates, particularly as it pertains to time.