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CSS Grid – Why it’s Amazing, and How to Get Started — October 25, 2018

CSS Grid – Why it’s Amazing, and How to Get Started

A few evenings ago, while trying to answer a question on Quora, I had the pleasure of coming across Morten-Rand Hendriksen’s[1] talk CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts)[2]. While I had briefly played around with CSS Grid a while back, it wasn’t’ until I watched this vid, that I truly became hooked. If you take nothing else from this post, watch this vid!!

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Never Graduate Week 2018! — May 16, 2018

Never Graduate Week 2018!

It’s been close to a whole year since I’ve written, and we’re in the middle of Never Graduate Week (which I’ll now call NGW), here at Recurse Center. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful, and inspiringly awesome people this week – so I decided it was time to start blogging again!

I’m in the middle of lots of transition and balancing right now in my life, and it’s been a super busy week (on top of all the really awesome talks, workshops, and events going on during NGW). As dev stuff goes, my laptop died 2 weeks ago (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise) – so I went from a 4 or 5 year old Acer V3-551G-X419 15-inch running Windows 8, to an XPS 12 (which simultaneously doubles as a tablet and a laptop)!! It’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I’ve discovered (much to my surprise) that I really love Windows 10, and that I’m really loving having a 12-inch laptop[1] – words I never thought I’d say about either one of those!

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Fixing Sublime Text 3’s CSS Comments — March 2, 2016

Fixing Sublime Text 3’s CSS Comments

I’ve been doing a lot of web design work lately, and I’ve noticed that Sublime Text 3 has this really weird quirk with CSS comments.  When you press Ctrl+/ you get a strange your comment comes out like this /*This is a Comment*/ instead of like this /* This is a Comment */

Since it’s Sublime Text, I knew it had to be possible to reconfigure this. After asking a friend or two (special thanks to Kara McNair), and doing some digging, here’s the solution, using Package Control & Package Resource Viewer: Continue reading

Writing A Custom Template In WordPress — July 26, 2015

Writing A Custom Template In WordPress

I’ve done a bit of WordPress work in the past: Design, updates & small maintenance, Saving a Website that had totally crashed and gone down (I literally had to transfer & reconstruct the whole Database on that one!!).  It’s something I very much enjoy doing (even when it’s stressful) and I always learn something from it.

Recently, I had to design a Custom Template for a Website, so that they could have a 2nd Blog on their page that pooled from a Specific Category of Posts.  While the solution wasn’t terribly complex, I had to read up on a lot of the documentation & learn about how the WordPress Engine works.

On top of that, it was really the first time I had worked in PHP & I had to spend some time reading PDFs and tutorials to pick up the syntax & feel of PHP.

You can see the Template Here & I’m really glad I got a chance to do this.  It sets up the foundation for developing my PHP skills further, and – along with improving my Javascript, CSS, etc – it helps me move further towards my career goal of having enough skills, proficiency and portfolio to get hired as a Junior Web Dev.  I’d also like to write my own Plugin & Custom Theme one day.

And hey – if it helps bring in some Freelance Web Design work in the meantime, that can’t hurt either!!  Maybe after I write a Theme or two, I can make a Premium Theme & get some Residual Income for myself … can’t hurt to try!

What I’m working on & Summer Plans — June 29, 2015

What I’m working on & Summer Plans

It’s the beginning of the last week of my batch at The Recurse Center.  It’s incredible and I can’t believe that it’s almost over.  When I got here, I entered with a pretty narrow scope: I was interested in Game Development & working in Python & wanted to go deeper into the internals/mechanics of that while solidifying my knowledge of it.  I’ve done all of those things to varying degrees, but my time at The Recurse Center has made it clear that the programming world is so much more vast than I ever imagined (which considering my imagination, is actually pretty impressive).  I’ve often found myself thinking of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” – I’m really at the beginning of this journey, and I know enough to know a little, but “There is more to see than can ever be seen.  More to do than can ever be done!!”.  So as much as I’m going to intensely miss Recurse Center (I’ll still be back for alumni times), I’m really looking forward to a new beginning.  I’ve kind of gotten a head start on that actually.

For the summer, I’m working on the following:

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