Developer Tools For Custom WordPress Development

What do I do at my day job? I make custom WordPress themes and plugins. Four years ago I was still using Dreamweaver as my primary developer tool but, these days, I’ve updated the tools in my toolkit. (Just as a warning, I’m on a MAC these days so not everything listed here is PC-friendly.) Continue reading “Developer Tools For Custom WordPress Development”

Developer Tools For Custom WordPress Development

Two years later…

Ayup. I’ve been absent from this blog for two years but I certainly haven’t been idle!

In the past two years I’ve kept very busy volunteering my time with many organizations and I’m even teaching a class at a college/university this quarter! All while still working full-time for a great company where my developer skills have been growing by leaps and bounds.

I suppose I’ve been away because there hasn’t been much art or writing going on but I’m looking to change that. Or the focus of this blog. Or both!

Here’s hoping I don’t disappear for another two years. If nothing else, at least I updated my WordPress installation today? 😀

Two years later…

Ladies Learning Code – Edmonton

This Saturday I’ll be mentoring at a Ladies Learning Code event.

The attendees will be learning HTML/CSS and the event has sold out! Sorry if you were wanting to attend and missed out, but I understand there will be future events.

Check out the other cool people presenting/mentoring the event!

Woof! This blog sure is dusty. I blame the two-part project I’ve been involved in since last September that doesn’t wrap up until the end of this September. I’m far more active on my twitter account, @tammalee, and my tumblr, tammalee.tumblr.com

If you’re looking for fun web tech stuff to play with check out knockout.js! What a fun framework to use, especially for building forms!

Ladies Learning Code – Edmonton

I am a PC Traitor

The other day I tweeted about ordering an iMac for work.

There are many practical reasons why I decided to replace my dying PC at work with an iMac:

  1. As I attend more and more developer conferences and camps I find I’m the odd one out because I develop on a PC. All those developers can’t be wrong, right? This isn’t the same as everyone jumping off of a bridge, right?
  2. Macs are built on UNIX. Web servers are, too. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
  3. I’m starting Ruby on Rails development and, apparently, Macs are superior to PCs for that.
  4. I haven’t used a Mac since the nineties and it’s about time I climb back up on that pony.

This morning a friend IM’d me to share her opinion of my switching teams:

Even the most dedicated PC enthusiast has to admit that Apple products can be nice. I’m not going to regret switching from PC to a Mac.

I am a PC Traitor

Podfic – Ghost of a Smile

On Halloween 2011 a ghost story I had written was included in the ‘Re-Vamp’ anthology published by The Mad Docs of Literature.  In honor of our one-year anniversary I decided to record myself reading my ghost story, ‘Ghost of a Smile’. This is my first time releasing a podfic so feedback is welcome!

It is free to listen to and share around and if you like it enough to purchase a physical copy of ‘Re-Vamp’ we have arranged a discount!

Buy Re-Vamp on Lulu for 25% off the regular price!

For those curious what equipment and applications I used in the making of this podfic:

I recorded two takes with @bingofuel in the Unknown Studios‘ recording space. They offer their space, equipment, and expertise for rent and I would rent from them again. Adam had great advice for me on how to speak so my files would be easy to edit later in the process.

I edited this podfic on my iPad using the Hokusai app. I was frustrated when I started using Hokusai but when I switched from my big fingers to a Targus stylus the editing became much easier. I found the controls to be intuitive and easy to get the hang of. It took me maybe an hour and a half to edit nearly 13 minutes worth of audio, cutting and pasting sections from two recordings into a third, master, timeline. When I was finished editing, I exported my work as a .wav file to my dropbox and uploaded to soundcloud.com.

If I can do it, so can you! XD

Podfic – Ghost of a Smile