More Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

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So, yeah...I haven't written anything on my blog in a while. Really, really need to change that. Anyways...

A couple of big changes so far this year as well as a few new experiences.

First, I've switched back to Sublime Text as my primary code editor. Atom is good but, unfortunately, it's a bit of a dog when it comes to performance. I've been working more on a 2010 MacBook Pro and I've noticed that Atom has a tendency to really make the processor work a bit too hard to the point where the fan kicks in. Plus, it's just slow to start and, at times, can lag quite a bit. By comparison, Sublime Text is a speed demon! I mean, it's fast...REALLY fast! Basically, the performance of Sublime Text is such where I'm willing to ignore its various little idiosyncracies.

Biggest concern about Sublime Text is the updates. One of the biggest reasons I switched was due to the fact that updats to the software seemed to be lacking. Good news is that it looks like the developers of Sublime Text are stepping it up when it comes to updates. So, for now, I'm sticking with Sublime Text.

I looked at other alternatives like Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. Just couldn't get into that one. Performance of VS Code is a bit better than Atom but, even then, Sublime is still way faster. Plus, I feel like I can shape the environment better to my liking.

Another big change is the adoption of Vue.js. For a little while now, I felt like I've leaned a bit too heavily on jQuery. It just got to a point where I felt like I needed to take a more modern approach with how I handle Javascript with the websites I build. Out of all the various new libraries and frameworks, Vue.js just felt like the most natural replacement for much of what I use jQuery for. So, with a recent project, I dove in head first and used nothing but Vue.js along with a few plugins. The results were stunning! Performance seems to be better and the total amount of Javascript used was significantly reduced. I'm a happy camper!

Along with that, I retired my 4th generation iPad. Turns out that, with the release of iOS 11, I can't upgrade my iPad anymore. I think the issue is that the 4th generation iPad was the last 32-bit version with all future processors being 64-bit which are the only ones that will run on iOS 11. So...I now have a brand spanking new 12.9" iPad Pro! Been running it through its paces and, man, I have to say it's the best iPad I've ever used! Great machine! No doubt it'll be handy with my work! Looking forward to finding new ways to increase my productivity with it!

Lastly, I've been dabbling a bit with Wordpress. Not by choice mind you. I have one client with a Wordpress blog that needed some maintenance plus a project with one of my partners that requires Wordpress. Suffice to say that the experience has cemented my feelings about why other CMS platforms like SilverStripe and Statamic are so much better. Man...Wordpress is just painful to work with! Ugg!!

More to come soon! Hoping I'll be able to rework this site a bit and refresh it for the new year!