Category: Web Development

  • My New Web Service: River Runner

    In my spare time, when I’m not trying to be a web developer, I enjoy whitewater kayaking. Here’s a photo of me kayaking a river out in West Virginia a few years ago. It’s great fun. One question every kayaker asks before heading out for the next adventure is: “Is the river up?” IOW, is […]

  • A New Look At The Data

    So, I haven’t yet started my new project – my shared Alexa and WordPress programming project where I plan to create a web service that provides data to a WordPress plugin and Alexa Skill. No, I have instead been working on a side project. A week or so ago, one of my work colleagues, Joe McGill, turned me […]

  • The Source Code for My WordPress Theme

    I’ve made a few changes and enhancements to my theme since my last blog post. Nothing terribly significant, but I do think the overall codebase is now more solid. Please feel free to check it out and let me know if you see any obvious improvements. I’ve posted the code to BitBucket, which is available at […]

  • Inside Out

    So, I started thinking, and doing a little, mobile-first today. As I described in my previous post, and as you can see by looking at this site, I’ve begun working on a simple theme for this site. But I didn’t start with mobile-first. I wasn’t ready. And, if you happened to visit this site on a mobile […]

  • I’m No Designer

    As you can tell by this new theme – I’m NOT a designer – and, as a result, on my journey to learn WordPress theme development, I went simple. I like to call it minimalism-reduced. You know … just a little, with a bit of good taste taken away. Anyway, here’s a screenshot in case I decide […]

  • 40 Days In – A Look Back

    Well, it’s been about 40 days – almost 6 weeks – since I began this quest to rediscover web development. During that time, I’ve learned a fair amount about WordPress theme and plugin development and I’m about to venture into CSS and front-end dev. Not bad, but 40 days feels like a lot and I had expected, […]

  • A Great Tutorial On Theme Development

    I completed the Ian Stewart part of The ThemeShaper WordPress Theme Tutorial: 2nd Edition tutorial the other day. It was really helpful, but what I learned most clearly was – I still have a lot to learn. I’ve seen so many API calls and little WordPress nuances over the past couple days, I realize it’s going to take […]

  • Underscoring My Theme Development

    I’ll be honest. I haven’t been on the computer much over the last 4-5 days. I’m in the process of selling my old house – a house I’ve owned for almost a full year after buying my new house – so I’ve been more than a little distracted. Nevertheless, I have accomplished a little with my WordPress […]

  • Time To Experiment With Theme Development

    I’ve been struggling this past week with what to do next. I was thinking I’d create an admin interface for one of the plugins I created, but I’m having trouble focusing on that right now. My problem is that I need a project. I need something real to focus my plugin development efforts on and, […]

  • Who Is With Me?

    I have a new plugin. With this plugin, I’ve experimented with Singletons, more MVC, creating and using custom database tables, widgets, and shortcodes. The usefulness of the plugin is questionable, but working with this range of features has been extremely helpful in learning more about WordPress development.