2010.08.19

Stop writing plugins, start writing components

Why the fuck is that a jQuery Plugin?I’ve been doing a lot of JavaScript development lately and one thing that always bothered me is that most of the people misunderstand the plugin concept and uses it on the wrong way. In my opinion, the main reason is because JavaScript frameworks/libraries like jQuery, Mootools, Prototype.js and blog/CMS systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal encourages plugin development… – Let’s start with the basics…

What is a plug-in?

In computing, a plug-in is a set of software components that adds specific capabilities to a larger software application. If supported, plug-ins enable customizing the functionality of an application. For example, plug-ins are commonly used in web browsers to play video, scan for viruses, and display new file types. (source: Wikipedia)

What is a component?

A component in the Unified Modeling Language “represents a modular part of a system, that encapsulates its content and whose manifestation is replaceable within its environment. A component defines its behavior in terms of provided and required interfaces” (source: Wikipedia)

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2010.07.06

Always comment weird things!

This is more a reminder to myself than anything else. It’s about something simple that I’ve been trying to do since a long time and that I hope most people been doing it too…

Always, I’ve said ALWAYS, comment things that may be strange to other developers (or even to yourself in the future) and/or fixes specific bugs, it can save you a lot of time…

Why

  • Because the code may need to be updated later.
  • You may forget why/how you have done something (or maybe why you have not).
  • Someone may get confused and fix something that wasn’t broken. (imagine re-opening a project after 1-2 years)
  • It can save you a lot of time.
  • It can be used as a reference on future projects.
  • People may learn from your source code (including yourself).

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2010.02.06

Hello world!

This is the first post and I want talk a little bit about the history of this blog…

It all started 3 years ago when I had “the brilliant idea” of creating a blog to talk about design and development, like everybody else. I’ve created many different designs and also started to code it a few times since then.
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