Footnotes #393

Lazy loading images is part of WordPress as of 5.5-alpha. Andrew Ozz is asking plugin authors who implement lazy-loading to update their code to make use of this new core functionality. ๐Ÿ’ค

Iain Poulson explains how to identify SQL queries that are causing bottlenecks and demonstrates some quick fixes and other ways to accelerate query execution time. ๐Ÿ’จ

โœ’๏ธ Zara Cooper has written a “practical guide to writing technical specs” โ€” highly recommended for developers:

“By writing a technical spec, engineers are forced to examine a problem before going straight into code, where they may overlook some aspect of the solution.”

Yoast has a blog post in their developer portal about new features in the upcoming version (14.0) of their plugin. Some of these include moving all metadata from wp_postmeta to custom tables, changes in the Schema API, and “opening up a set of new API surfaces.”

Denis ลฝoljom, an Automation representative on the Theme Review Team, has written a proposal to use GitHub for code review for themes submitted to ๐Ÿ’ก

If you like to follow front-end development news and trends, then this list of RSS feeds from Louis Lazaris might be worth checking out. ๐Ÿ

If you use VSCode, this impressive list of customizations from Silvestar Bistroviฤ‡ of his (364!) code settings is worth your time. ๐ŸŽš๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We're wishing Tony Perez all the best as he leaves GoDaddy and explores full-time work on his projects CleanBrowsing (a DNS-based content filtering service) and ColdPath (a security consulting company). ๐Ÿ›…

I recently stumbled on rclone, which is a command-line program to sync local files and directories with cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Amazon Drive, S3, Dropbox, Backblaze B2, and many more. โ˜๏ธ

Here's an interesting tutorial from Nico Martin on how to create scheduled push notifications in the browser with the Notifications API โ€” in combination with the Push API and the HTTP Web Push Protocol. I don't care for push notifications in my browser, but scheduled ones for a limited purpose (like an online event) makes sense. ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

Blessing Krofegha demonstrates how to build a web app with a headless CMS and React. He doesn't mention WordPress, but it's applicable โ€” and worth reading if the general concept interests you.

The call for speakers for WordCamp US 2020 (October 27-29) has been issued. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, April 17, 2020,ย at 11:59 pm CT (UTC -5) / 4:59am Saturday (UTC). ๐Ÿ•๏ธ

Speaking of conferences, mark your calendar for the JavaScript for WordPress event happening July 8-10th. Also mark April 27 to May 1st for the WP Feedback Online Summit.

Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

๐Ÿ“น Here is my video pick of the week:

  • If you're a freelancer or small business/agency, you might want to check out the replays from this past weekend's Remote Control Summit.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Here are some podcasts I've listened to recently that are worth your time: