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  • Enhancing WordPress Stability: Addressing Gutenberg Block Editor Preloading Issues

    As a Principal Software Architect at Alley, I’m constantly working to ensure the stability and performance of one of the largest WordPress installations in the world. Our team recently tackled a significant issue in the Gutenberg block editor, which prompted a valuable contribution to our open-source plugin, Alleyvate. In this post, I’ll share how I…

  • Code Review is Feedback

    Code Review is Feedback

    We have an open code review process at Alley. There is a review queue in Slack. We submit our Pull Requests (PRs) into the slack channel when ready for review and anyone can claim them. We also have a culture of feedback and have discussed in length the importance of feedback for adult growth. One…

  • Does your web form work?

    Does your web form work?

    You may say “of course, the form works” but I find non working forms to be relatively frequent. The first example is on the website of a multinational corporation. I once returned a router because the form didn’t work. In both of the cases below, there are “work arounds” that the user can use to…

  • What I’ve Learned about Communication

    What I’ve Learned about Communication

    I’ve learned as much about communication as I’ve learned about code since working at Alley (we’re hiring), a fully distributed digital agency. Since we all work remotely, communication happens using Slack and Zoom on the computer. While these tips outlined in this article certainly stem from things I’ve learned while working remotely, these are in…

  • How long does it take to fix software?

    How long does it take to fix software?

    As a software developer, I’m interested and concerned about the state of our software. Software does not always work and even critical bugs often take hours or days before they are fixed. The cost on society of faulty software is huge. 6 hours to fix a 911 outage In my research on this topic, the…

  • Put out the fire first.

    Put out the fire first.

    Listening to some podcast which I’ve long since forgotten the name of, I heard a top executive talk about how there was always the fire of the day to put out. This small comment changed how I thought about my work. We have a list of things to do, but the most important task may…

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