But *today* is International Women’s Day, so let’s take a closer look at some of the rad stuff women have been making on Glitch

Over the last week, I asked the ladies of our community to show me what they have been making on Glitch, and the response has been — as I anticipated — outstanding. From first-time bots with a political message to a progression of learning how to make art with code, women are expressing themselves with code in awesome ways, and it’s an honor to have them doing it on Glitch.

Take a look for yourself!


WordPress came close to leaving behind the React framework. We interviewed developer Gary Pendergast to dig into why, and how WordPress, Facebook, and the Apache Software Foundation brought this issue to a head, and what we can learn from it.

In the summer of 2017, a lively open source licensing debate was happening: the React framework had become one of the most popular frameworks in existence, but was React’s open source license open enough for developers to trust it? Developers were worried whether they could use it without legal repercussions from Facebook, the primary maintainers of React.

The complexity arose because, while the React project adopted the popular and well-known BSD free software license, they also adopted an additional, unusual patent grant which worried developers.

Facebook’s “BSD+Patents” license had been a part of React for some time, but high-profile projects…


It turns out even the most advanced developers we follow struggle with what they want to learn and how to get started.

As an educator, engineer, and follower of many of the same kinds of people, I am hyper-aware of how learning to code is a struggle for the whole spectrum of experience of developers in the field, myself especially! We all have our own ways of combatting or succumbing to impostor syndrome, but at the end of the day we work in a very demanding industry that requires constant learning and evolving. Where does one start?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you the answer to that.

this is literally me not knowing where to start

Those of us who have been programming for years like to reminisce about when building the…


Computers are fast and we make computers so why aren’t we fast like computers the fast computers we make?

Computers are fast. And we make computers. So why are we not fast like the fast computers we make? It’s an interesting problem that Silicon Valley has been trying to solve for a long time, and one of the solutions we’ve come to see from its leaders is the idea of human efficiency through the eschewing of decision-making.

I was reading tweets on Twitter about blogs on LinkedIn™ and ended up logging into LinkedIn™ to read this blog post about how leaders in Silicon Valley wear the same outfits every day and how we should too, for human efficiency.

I…


Last week was a busy week for us on the Glitch team, and it looks like it was also for you: our stellar users who have been making such incredible stuff with Glitch over the past several days!

actual footage of not actually a Glitch app being made

Here are some really cool things you made.

Tracery is a tool that writes generative grammars, which leads to inevitable fun when applied to Twitter bot implementations. I’m super impressed by 🅱🏋®🔛’s documentation on this Tracery-powered bot and, thanks to them, you can remix it and get your own Tracery bot running in mere minutes!

If, instead of text, you want your bots to use images, Botwiki has…


We’re big fans of Slack here on the Glitch team, especially since most of us are distributed and I, personally, need a vehicle for constant emoji communication. We’ve set our Slack team up with apps — and, most importantly, custom emoji — to optimize our workflow. But one of the most subtle features in Slack we appreciate is perhaps one of the best parts of the platform: Unfurling.

“Unfurl” is what Slack calls it when you share a link into a channel and something special happens. These days, it’s usually a little snippet from the site, or a thumbnail image…


A history of web standards’ claim to “help our users” when they are actually putting them and developers in danger

Believe it or not, there was a time when all computer screens were the same size and building interfaces for all devices was an efficient task — typically needing one design and one implementation. Look around today and there are devices of all shapes and sizes, being used in and out of the office, and people are depending on these devices to accomplish all sorts of tasks while on the go. There is a rich, yet dangerous, history to this movement that claims to help users and bring the Web to all users

It is said that it was not…


A blog I should have written two years ago.

Every day is a winding road. — Sheryl Sandburg

Facebook reminded me, today, that exactly two years ago I decided to end one journey and head off on another journey. An employment journey.

When you are a web developer with a job, you sometimes end up in situations where you are able to become a web developer with another job.

This journey is small I know, but it’s not yours, it is my own. — Jennifer Jean Schiffer

Two years ago, I decided to go on that adventure. I ended my adventure with my employer at the time, and made…


A small collection of thoughts, poems, and art

If an NPM module is published in the forest
And no one is there to prevent its unpublishing
Do all web developers become trademark experts?

“We don’t mean to be a dick about it”
said the red Power Ranger*
trying to explain
why the Rangers’ vehicles
decided to form a dick
instead of the Megazord

*Jason

They have unpublished
the modules
that were in
the registry

and which
you were probably
installing
for work

Forgive us
we don't mean to be a dick about it

Jenn Schiffer is a thoughts-haver, poem-writer, and art-maker.


I wish someone told me that everything else is useless.

About three weeks ago I had begun using a new JavaScript framework called “React,” after several months of building applications in another language. I have discovered that there is not much feedback about various JavaScript frameworks on the internet, so I figured I’d bring that perspective into the conversation.

Building with React has been great–not just because it makes sense to me (having used it for a few weeks), but because I’ve been using it for a few weeks. It’s become useful to me, inherently since I’ve been using it. …

Jenn Schiffer

the first ever hot dog made of C.S.S.

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