View From the Box

I’m human. I have thoughts and opinions and a lot of them. Here you’ll find what I think about both the world of sports — specifically soccer — and web development.

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WordPress needs to stay JavaScript framework ‘agnostic’

WordPress currently stands at a fork in the JavaScript road. For a long time, it seemed like a formality that the core team would select ReactJS as the JavaScript framework for WordPress. After all, Automattic, the company that runs, started using it, and the new post editor, Gutenberg, was being built with it. But […]

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Why WordCamps Matter

WordCamps are a great place to see the WordPress community in action. So if you use WordPress in any way, why haven’t you attended one?

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Displaying threaded comments with VueJS

Displaying comments in a threaded manner is challenging with the WP REST API. But here’s a simple way to do it with VueJS.

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Taking a new look at the top MLS expansion candidates

It’s been a while since MLS expansion candidates had to submit their bids. So with decisions looming later this year, where do things stand now?

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The new Gutenberg editor in WordPress

In defense of the way Gutenberg adds oEmbeds and Shortcodes

There’s much debate about the Gutenberg editor, especially around these custom blocks which will replace oEmbeds and shortcodes. But it’s not as bad as it might seem.

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A group of people in a stadium

CONCACAF has to make changes to Gold Cup to make it matter

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a good international tournament. But being held in the U.S. and every two years makes it feel like a cash grab. It’s time for the confederation to make some much needed changes to the tournament.

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The new Gutenberg editor in WordPress

WordPress’ Gutenberg editor looks promising but needs work

WordPress’ eventual new post editor, Gutenberg, became available as a feature plugin two weeks ago. It certainly has it’s flaws but I think it has a lot of potential.

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Just relax about VAR and give it time to evolve

FIFA began rolling out VAR this summer at the U-20 World Cup and Confederations Cup to mixed results. But, while the issues are still being worked out, everyone needs to have patience.

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FC Dallas celebrate their U.S. Open Cup title

Three changes the U.S. Open Cup needs to become more fun, competitive

The U.S. Open Cup is an awesome tournament that no one really knows about. So here are a few needed changes for the nation-wide competition.

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WordPress 4.8

WordPress 4.8 a great setup for cool things to come

Sure, WordPress 4.8 doesn’t break any major ground, like the WP REST API in 4.7, but it’s another solid, quality release from the volunteers who work in core. And it sets up greater things down the road.

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