We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

Fresh off the heels of the WP Tavern post that I linked to last week, Matt Mullenweg has written a nice treatise on the WordPress Gutenberg project.

Creating great software will never make every person happy. We’re not creating The Perfect Product, we’re choosing a path between many good options, weighing all of the inevitable trade-offs that come from a change, listening, shipping, and then doing it all over again. Iterating. My life’s work is improving WordPress. I firmly believe that Gutenberg is the direction that will provide the most benefit to the maximum number of people while being totally in line with core WordPress’s philosophies and commitment to user freedom.

Source: We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason | Matt Mullenweg

Codeplace – Learn Web Development the Right Way

I really like the look of Codeplace as a way to start or further your web development skills. I came across the site on ProductHunt, and I liked what their CEO had to say:

Codeplace’s objective is to make you ready for your next web development job. Our belief is that the more you practice building real web applications, the more comfortable you will feel as a developer. That’s why our library mainly consists of code projects such as a Project Management Tool, 2 Sided Marketplace, Social Network, Automated Social Platform, Dating App and More. We’ve also just launched our new Web Development Path this week. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 [Tiago Martins via ProductHunt]

Codeplace features tracks for beginners and seasoned developers. It looks like a great way to level-up!

Peanut allergy cured in majority of children in immunotherapy trial – The Guardian

Hope for children with Type 1 peanut allergies:

A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has led to two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment being cured of their allergy. Importantly, this desensitization to peanuts persisted for up to four years after treatment. [The Guardian]

The article goes on to say that Prof. Mimi Tang developed a new kind of treatment combining “a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy”. This was designed as a way to “reprogram the immune system’s response to peanuts”.

All of this was very interesting to my wife and I as our oldest has a Type 1 peanut allergy. What’s more, we’ve long suspected that her allergy developed when she was on a trial of antibiotics, and we gave her some peanut butter. Prior to that, she’d had peanut butter with no allergic reaction. However, during this instance, we gave her the peanut butter and shortly after she developed a mild anaphylactic response. We wondered if her immune system was hyper-sensitized by the antibiotics, and it started attacking the peanut butter.