Where I’ve Been and Web Development Tidbits

May 3rd, 2012
Where I’ve Been and Web Development Tidbits

A new year and a new job

So 2012 has already been a busy year. I’ve been working on some freelance projects, but the bigger deal is that I have taken a new position. I don’t like talking about where I work, so don’t ask. I am just not comfortable about putting that kind of info on the web. I do work in the city now (Chicago), so that is a huge change, but I’m very happy with where I’m at. Searching for jobs though was taking up a lot of my time, hence I haven’t been able to write any posts in a while. I am settling in now though, so that will change. Starting today!

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Adventures In Adding Large Video Files In WordPress

January 13th, 2012
Adventures In Adding Large Video Files In WordPress

Adding video to WordPress seems easy, right?

Why am I writing this post? Because if you have followed this blog for a while, you know I like not only passing what I’ve learned along to up and coming web developers, but I use this as a reference sometimes. I recently completed a freelance project that involved moving very large video files into a new WordPress install, and I came across multiple problems that were hard to find answers to. Adding video looks like it would be easy, right? Just click that little Upload/Insert button, drag/drop the file onto the page, and BAM! Video file is in the media library. What could POSSIBLY go wrong? I’ll start with the background to the project, and go over how I solved the issue.
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A Simple jQuery Photo Gallery

December 29th, 2011
A Simple jQuery Photo Gallery

Simple is best

I haven’t done anything on jQuery in a while, so I thought I would write about another simple photo gallery I had to write. Nothing complicated, and easy to add to or edit. I’m basically writing some jQuery to automatically write the large image source attribute, and the thumbnail’s CSS background property, then throwing in some simple effects. For those of you that are just learning jQuery, you will hopefully learn something and be able to modify this little script to suit your needs. So lets get started. Take a look at the demo first though, so you can see what is going on.

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Ruby On Rails – A Beginners Journey – Part 1

November 29th, 2011
Ruby On Rails – A Beginners Journey – Part 1

Let’s document my trip, shall we?

I set myself a goal at the beginning of the year to learn Ruby by the end of it. Well, I finally started doing just that. Actually I’ve tried a couple of times, but didn’t get far into it. By starting with Rails this time, I am actually picking up things a lot quicker. I’ll give all the credit to Michael Hartl, who wrote the book Ruby On Rails 3 Tutorial, which is what I am using, and so far recommend. You can also visit the site here. This isn’t a book review, though I might do later on. This post is the beginning of many that I’m going to use to document my progress. You know, show you where I was being stupid, and the awesome “ah-HA!” moments.

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Large Web Development Projects – What I Have Learned

November 10th, 2011
Large Web Development Projects – What I Have Learned

Learning how NOT to do things

I have built plenty of websites for freelance, and I thought I had everything down. I know how to guide a client away from bad decisions, give advice that may go against what they want to do, get the information I need, and everything else that goes with starting a project. At least…I thought I did. I came across a problem with my latest project that I wasn’t really prepared for: building a site where the client wasn’t even sure what the whole idea was from the start. They knew what the basics were, but not the whole, and that is where I ran into trouble. It is because of this, that I learned how not to do things in the future. The most important being writing out the project’s scope.

Enter Closet Fish

Closet Fish website

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