Sublime Text 2

Sublime Text 2 beta versions are being released and it’s really worth checking out. It’s loaded with great features, fun to use, and cross platform. Check it out: Sublime Text 3 Download Page.  Make sure you check out multiple cursors. I found this feature very interesting!

Posted: September 23rd, 2011
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WP Theme Hackers

There’s nothing wrong with hacking WordPress themes. Not only is it a wonderful way to learn, but it can save you a bunch of time customizing your own theme. What I see all to often however, is not fully utilizing some of the wonderful shortcuts the WP core provides. For instance..

Say you want to add a special graphic, but don’t want to add it into WP’s built in media manager. All to often I see this..

<img src="http://domain.com/wp-content/themes/themename/images/myspecialgraphic.jpg" />

Sure that works fine but once you move your theme somewhere else that special graphic becomes broken! Try this instead.

<img src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/myspecialgraphic.jpg" />

Now many of you out there will find this elementary, but this is for those of you who starting out that don’t recognize this.. well this is to make managing your links much easier. That bloginfo('template_directory') template tag automatically links to your theme directory no matter where you move your files. And you should know that bloginfo() can be used for all sorts of things. I’m sure spotted it at the top <?php bloginfo('name'); ?> which displays the name of your blog. Or in the header.php file <?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>, you guessed it! It adds a relative path to your stylesheet within your theme. WP themes are built on these tags and once you learn what is available you can really begin manipulating your site.

Check out the WordPress Codex for more information.

Posted: July 9th, 2011
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Multiple CSS shadows? I had no idea!

Well it’s true that you learn something everyday!  I truly thought I had mastered the art of the CSS shadow.  We have the traditional box-shadow, the extremely helpful text-shadow, and of course all of their vendor prefixed counter parts for those browsers that haven’t quite caught up yet.  So if you didn’t know a traditional text or box shadow in css might look like this.

box-shadow: 2px 2px 10px #666;

That’ll give the object your styling a shadow that is 2 pixels down, 2 pixels right, 10 pixels of blur or smoothness (it’s the part that makes it look realistic), and a medium gray colored shadow.  What I didn’t know is you can take it a step further.

box-shadow: 20px -15px 30px red, -20px 15px 30px lime, -20px -15px 30px blue, 20px 15px 30px yellow ;

That will apply a crazy rainbow shadow. Do as many as you would like! Just place a comma after the first shadow and start another. Feel free to choose any color you want!  I feel like that should be published in more places as I’ve been doing box and text shadows for a long time and no one shared that with me until today!

Just FYI… if you’re on my portfolio right now reading this then you should know I’m using text shadows on the text text.. and even though its the text-shadow property and I’ve actually made it a highlight so the text looks inset.  I’m also using a box shadow at the very bottom.  As Bill Nye would say, “Now you know!”

Posted: July 3rd, 2011
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Titanium and New iPhone App

So I lately I’ve been working with Titanium and I must says its quite a pleasure.  If you’ve ever worked with another JavaScript framework and understand the concept of the MVC (model, view, controller) design pattern then building apps for iPhone, Android, and iPad becomes a breeze.  The Documentation has been a little less thorough than I might like, but the Developer’s Center Q&A page can really help close the gaps.

I’ve been building an App I called Shortcut.  Now it’s not going to blow anyone away in terms of functionality, but it only took me a few hours to develop the entire apps functionality.  Not too shabby considering the learning curbs many face when going from web development into software development.  I just posted some pictures of the “Shortcut” app in my portfolio section if you’re curious.  I won’t be surprised if it gets denied due to the use of logos, but I found tons of apps in the app store containing logos and I really doubt they have the legal authority to use it.  If you decide to try your hand and you run into snags let me know.  I’m not an authority, but I can help you get started and point you in the right direction!

Posted: June 26th, 2011
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Portfolio Revamped!

So I just revamped my portfolio and while I was at it I decided I would go ahead and include a blog.  I’m not exactly sure what all I will be covering, but I’ll be sure to post lots of interesting technology tidbits.  For now be sure to check out TheBitchBox as it needs some serious love!!!  Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds.  It’s just a place you can go complain about all your problems!

Posted: June 23rd, 2011
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