In a previous post, I described how to to integrate deployments to WPEngine via your CI/CD pipeline on Azure Devops. In this article, I’ll do a deep dive into how to add automated browser testing via BrowserStack into your pipeline.

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There is a well documented support article on how to do continuous integration on WP Engine with Bitbucket, but nothing that I could find for Azure Devops. This walkthrough will document how to do deployments to WP Engine site utilizing Azure Devops. I’ve set this up as a template instead of a single YAML file, so that it’s easier to deploy across multiple sites with only a couple of small tweaks on your parameters.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, 56.7 million Americans have some type of disability. As the population ages, this number will continue to increase and is expected to double to 98 million by 2060. Individuals who have vision, hearing or physical disabilities will make up approximately 20 percent of the population and will encounter significant challenges accessing websites, applications and documents online.

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Web applications are everywhere, from Facebook to Instagram, Craigslist to Amazon, and they consume a majority of our Internet usage. Gone are the days of having applications that are tied to specific operating systems or platforms.  Web applications make interaction much more user-friendly by pushing data and interaction onto the web.  The question arises on how to not only get one of these applications made for your company, but how to make it successful.

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You’ve decided you want to setup a site, or blog, or message board, or any number of web properties. You’ve picked your favorite CMS. You’ve decided on a topic for the site. You’ve picked or developed your theme. Now it’s time to stand the site up on a web host, but so…many…options. There are a few different ways you can approach picking a host depending on your needs, your skill set, and, of course, your budget.

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WebP, an image format developed by Google, certainly isn’t new, but it’s currently on the verge of widespread adoption.  Apple has included it in the beta version of both iOS and MacOS, which is a step in the direction of it becoming cross-adopted across the major share browsers.  Chrome and other browsers using the core Chrome engine are already supporting WebP with good results.  If successful in Apple’s beta, other browsers would likely have no choice but to get on board in order to keep up with current standards.

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Hello world…the default first post of any WordPress blog, right?  But, did you know that hello world stems from development? 

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Pokémon Go has been out for a full week now, and although it has seen its fair share of issues, it seems everyone has caught the Pokémon bug. Pokémon gained popularity in the 1990s originally as Game Boy games and quickly spread to videos, cards, toys, and books. It’s the second most successful video game franchise behind the Mario franchise, and for good reason. Pokémon uses the freemium model, providing a free download, with the option to buy coins and other sundries within the app for pay. With the release of Pokémon Go, cities everywhere are now dotted with head-down, phone-equipped, battery-draining Go players.
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The senior developers just returned from a weeklong gathering of fellow Ruby on Rails developers in Chicago.  We heard from a variety of thought leaders including David Heinemeir Hansson (DHH).  DHH is the creator of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp, both of which are tools we use at Pyxl on a day-to-day basis.  The day we returned back to work, Basecamp went down for around 20 minutes due to a DDoS attack.
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From zombies to political dramas, I’m hooked on good television.  This week it’s House of Cards, the sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama that makes you rethink everything you thought you might know about the White House.  In the show, Frank Underwood said, “There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”
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