Tag Archive: learning


Well this has been a learning experience. I had been wanting to play with WordPress locally cause I have realized its potential for allowing faster development of sites for clients. Right now Im developing an update for a Realtor’s website that was originally built with Microsoft Tools in the late 90s. Its been great using WordPress to add new pages quickly and drop in code. One of the pages had a Mortgage Calculator which obviously I had to replace the MS spagetti code so I found a great free code snippet and dropped it into the Mortgage page along with another snippet that displays the rates for the past two weeks.

Probably the most difficult thing has been trying to understand how to make changes to the .php pages and .CSS that  came with the theme I selected. I have it kind of figured out now and its getting easier. Its just a bit frustrating to be so easily overwhelmed by the shear amount of information one must wade through to learn how to do a seemingly simple task.

(More to come as the project progresses)

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Pendule – Google Chrome extension gallery.

CSS3 + Progressive Enhancement = Smart Design • Perishable Press.

2020 Vision: Why you wont recognize the Net in 10 years – Network World.

VideoPress is an upgrade that makes it easy to upload, embed, and share video on your WordPress blog or any site around the world, even in full HD.

via VideoPress — Quick and easy HD video sharing for WordPress.

YouTube – The Machine is Us/ing Us Final Version.

“We have to rethink Everything”

Google Releases API for Cool Visualization of Data Mashups from Many Sources.

This is extremely cool and it reminds me of stuff mentioned on Star Trek. The ability to manage datasets that are huge and apply them to easy to read graphs is a huge boon for research and understanding. Enabling researchers access to tools like this make their lives easier because they dont have to have computer science degrees to make use of data from censuses or anything else, they simply plug in the spreadsheet of the relevant data and viola they have usable data.

A Collection of HTML5 Resources and Tutorials : Speckyboy Design Magazine.

This page has great example videos that show the possibilities of HTML5. He also shows how the code looks and explains what functions are used for.

I’ve listed 50 iPhone apps for all you web designers and developers which covers everything from color scheme creators and font manuals to FTP and SSH clients. Also keep in mind there are many more of the same type of app.

via 50 Helpful iPhone Apps for Web Designers and Developers | EDESIGNERZ.NET | Price, Itunes, Download, Developer, Iphone.

Everyone has been going on about how we should use CSS3 more and all of the possibilities and flexibility that come with it, but that we should still consider IE6 and other troubling browsers.

via How To Support Internet Explorer and Still Be Cutting Edge – Smashing Magazine.

Because I will not shut up about CSS3, this time I’ve decided to show you a little bit of the multi-column layout module. This module allows you to layout the content of an element in multiple columns, like flowing text on a newspaper-type layout.

via Web Designer Notebook » Remembering: The CSS3 Multi-Column Layout Module.

Web standards and Practices

Adhering to standards and using public tools is incredibly important in that doing so allows for tools and information to evolve beyond its original vision or use. I have previously posted many links from top design sites that espouse the importance of this behavior and also lots of howtos and walkthroughs.

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/34-cheat-sheets-for-web-designers-and-developers-web-and-designers-complete-resource-platform-for-web-designers-and-developers/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/zen-coding-a-speedy-way-to-write-htmlcss-code-smashing-magazine/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/poster-what-beautiful-html5-looks-like/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/great-web-design-resource-site/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/the-ultimate-guide-to-creating-a-design-and-converting-it-to-html-and-css/

The other great thing about using standards is that you can stand on the shoulders of giants. Not having to reinvent the wheel gives designers and creatives the time to invent new things and ideas. Work smarter, not harder. Dont we have enough to worry about and battle with daily without having to increase our stress and frustration?

A cheat sheet is a printable guide of a particular programming language, software or framework. A web designer spends most of his design time to move around different softwares environment and it becomes really hard to memorize the shortcuts and hot keys for each environment. Hence, cheat sheets provide great help for them. In this article, we present 34 essential cheat sheets for the most popular web based technologies.

via 34 cheat sheets for web designers and developers | Web and designers | Complete resource platform for web designers and developers.

Since we first announced captions in Google Video and YouTube, weve introduced multiple caption tracks, improved search functionality and even automatic translation. Each of these features has had great personal significance to me, not only because I helped to design them, but also because Im deaf. Today, Im in Washington, D.C. to announce what I consider the most important and exciting milestone yet: machine-generated automatic captions.

via Official Google Blog: Automatic captions in YouTube.

Pearltrees: A Design Interface for Remapping the Web – ReadWriteStart.

 

This is very interesting as a means of building a PLE from websites…

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.9 — Technosailor.com.

http://css-tricks.com/examples/CleanCode/Beautiful-HTML.png

WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet is the new document, of the Visual Cheat Sheet family, that contains a practical reference guide to WordPress 2.8. This cheat sheet 5 pages contains the full reference guide to WP Template Tags with detailed descriptions and sample code

via WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet – woorkup.com .

The biggest issue I see concerning the human race’s future is our ability to adapt to our tools and change our style of educating our youth. How do we teach them to keep an emotional distance from many of the things they will read or watch? How do we teach them to question authority and think for themselves without opening a proverbial pandoras box? How do we remove the desire of those who wish to use knowledge and information to control others for their own selfish desires? How can the human race attain the level of social and technological development we see in the Star Trek fiction? A society that values the advancement of the human race, true kinship with all cultures possible.

http://mashable.com/2009/10/27/social-media-roi/