I ain’t ‘fraida no maths

I’d heard of the ‘coding maths’ series, but hadn’t watched it yet. I should have, it’s great! Keith Peters (one of the people who first got me into scripting) has a great series about the math behind coding and as always he has a way of making complex things simple to me!

Learn all you need to know about maths for programming with this brilliant video series from Keith Peters. I always encourage people to learn to code and often they’ll reply that they’re “not good enough at maths”. The truth is … Continue reading

via CreativeJS: http://creativejs.com/2014/01/i-aint-fraida-no-maths/

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Codecademy & English Computing Curriculum

Today, Codecademy is really pleased to announce our partnership with Computing at School (CAS), the leading authority on the new computing curriculum in England. England is the first country to mandate programing in schools. Starting in September 2014, students aged between 5-16 will learn HTML, CSS, Python and JavaScript. CAS were largely responsible for designing the curriculum objectives, and are leading the way in teacher training.

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via Dreaming in Flash: http://dreaminginflash.com/codecademy-english-computing-curriculum/

This is a very interesting trend (along with the hour of code recently) that is focused on educating the next generation of developers. Also pushing the idea that we will need more developers and programmers as we more farther into the information age and will need more people to manage the more systems of more data and computing. Seems those who are best educated will be ready to take it on while the rest watch the “magicians” work.

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Breakouts: Comparison of JavaScript Game Engines via Breakout

There are tons of javascript engines out there that are partial or full game engines for javascript and html.  Choosing one is quite difficult so Breakouts is there to help you compare with a common game ‘Breakout’ across all your favorites and some you might not know.

via *drawlogic: http://drawlogic.com/2013/12/03/breakouts-comparison-of-javascript-game-engines/

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WordPress presentations on WordPress.tv

I’ve made presentations at WordCamp Atlanta for the past two years. I’d been told the presentation was recorded and would be added to the repository of wordcamp presentations at wordpress.tv both times, long story short. They have both made it online now. Thanks to whoever posts them and Happy Birthday WP. Enjoy the presentations!

WordCamp Atlanta 2012
Evan Mullins: From PSD to WordPress Theme: Under the Skin
This presentation covers how to get from Photoshop to WordPress. There are many different roads to a theme. Covering a few possibilities and then cover getting from a design in Photoshop to an actual WordPress child theme while trying not to reinvent the wheel.
http://wordpress.tv/2013/05/24/evan-mullins-from-psd-to-wordpress-theme-under-the-skin/

 

WordCamp Atlanta 2013
Evan Mullins: Your Firstborn Child Theme- Child Themes 101+102
Learn how to mod themes the right way. Using child themes you won’t loose your edits when there’s a theme update.
http://wordpress.tv/2013/05/04/evan-mullins-your-firstborn-child-theme-child-themes-101102/

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In this ever-changing industry in which we work in

I’m constantly excited by the web design industry because as it is such a young field, we are still making up the rules and discovering as a community what processes are best. At the same time, the technology driving the field is changing so fast that just when we start to settle into a routine it all gets flipped on it’s head and we’re reconsidering everything again.

Have humans ever had to change up what they do as fast and often as we do? Our craft exists in a never-ending state of flux. It won’t settle down for a while, if ever.

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Sometimes I dream about being able to master something without the ground constantly shifting under my feet. The status quo feels like a warm blanket sometimes; who wouldn’t want their world to act more or less predictably?

via The Pastry Box Project | 7 February 2013, Ben Sauer of Clear Left.

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Leveling Up Your Authorship Skills with Google Plus

Otto has a great post over on make.wordpress explaining how to associate your WordPress plugins with yourself as the author in Google search results. I just tried it, easy, and it worked.

While Google+ may not be the hot social area on the block, it does seem to have some benefits. Studies show that listings with a specified author receive much more clicks and attention than those that do not.

Who doesn’t want more attention to their hand-crafted WordPress plugins? More traffic? More readers? More leads? More collaborators…?

google authorship screenshotI think it makes the listing much more attractive as well, of course, that all depends on your mug too =)

Plugin authors developers are “contributors” to WordPress and should be benefiting from these Google author listings.

Go set up your WordPress profile with a link to Google+ as well as a link to your WordPress profile on your Google+ profile.

This gives Google the data they need to give you “credit” for your work in their search listings. Not that this by any means guarantees that your listings will include this data, but it does do all the set up so it is possible.

Google also provides a Rich Snippet Tool to preview and test that all your associations are set up properly. So don’t stop at WordPress. To me, this is all related to branding, and in having a consistent showing and presence across the web.

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Presenting at WordCamp Atlanta – Child Themes

The presentation? Your firstborn child theme. Child themes 101+2.

I’m speaking at wordcamp atlanta this afternoon about themes and child themes. I’ll update this post with post-presentation notes.

Learn how to mod themes the right way. Using child themes you won’t loose your edits when there’s a theme update. (101) We’ll go over the advantages and how to set up a child theme. (102) Plus we’ll cover some tricks to make the process a bit easier.

Slides on slideshare

Presentation video via wordpress.tv

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Hooks, In a Nutshell – WP Daily

I’ve published another article over on wpdaily.co exploring the concept of hooks. I remember when starting out that people kept mentioning hooks and filters and actions and… it took a while to grasp what they each meant. I think the first time I started to grasp it was when I read the codex and saw this:

You can sometimes accomplish the same goal with either an action or a filter. For example, if you want your plugin to change the text of a post, you might add an action function to publish_post (so the post is modified as it is saved to the database), or a filter function to the_content (so the post is modified as it is displayed in the browser screen).

And realized that actions and filters are each kinds of hooks. In the post I use a metaphor of procedural programming as people standing in a line waiting to register at the DMV. I hope it will help you understand hooks a little bit better. read it now at Hooks, In a Glorious Nutshell – WP Daily.

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Hooks, In a Glorious Nutshell

Are you familiar with hooks, actions and filters?

If not, then this might be your seriously-simple primer. Let me quickly give you some thoughts about hooks, actions and filters. You can probably take it from there.

Order of Operations

Websites and any programming (procedural at least) has an order that things are done in. They are done in this same order every time and many pains are made to ensure this.

Think of something simple that you engage with every single day, like starting a car. Insert keys, turn keys, hold for a brief moment, and then release. Car starts. There is no alternative way to do this with your current vehicle (unless you buy a new one with those fancy “auto start” features). This is a procedure, and order of how things are done.

If something is out of order in can confuse and confound the programming. Especially a website, and WordPress is no different. Things all happen in a certain order when a page is created on the sever via php and delivered to the client as html.

The server reads the php and goes through all the commands pulling data from the database and placing it in the proper place. This is great and keeps everything running smoothly and webpages loading nicely and properly.

DMV

Ah, the lovely DMV…

So, Hooks…

Imagine now that you wanted to alter or modify how something, somewhere happened (vague, I know) and needed to interrupt or have access to this execution order. This is where hooks come in.

Think of this execution order as a line or queue at the DMV or at a busy clinic. Everyone comes in and takes a number and sits down to wait their turn. Everyone has their own agenda in this case with their individual business not too dependent on each other, and things will move much much slower than your website, but focus on the ordering concept.

Imagine this is your program, everyone has their data and they bring it to the forefront at the needed time and deposit it or something is done with it. A single file line of ‘actions’ that need doing to accomplish the goal of the program/site/business.

This is similar to a program, website or in our case WordPress. Think about the time each number is called. There is a little space before the person with that number gets to the desk, then they do their business, and there is a time after they leave the desk before the next number is called.

These brief time periods are hooks. In programming sometimes they are set aside and a hook is built into the code, so you can do something before the person gets to the desk, or something with the data they bring after they have brought it.

Where Now?

Now that you’ve got the very basics of hooks and how this works, it’s time for you to learn to build your own, or at least experiment a little.

For starters:

  1. Plugin API
  2. Filter Reference
  3. Action Reference
  4. Tom McFarlin’s Primer
  5. Tom McFarlin’s WP Tut’s Guide
  6. Smashing Magazine’s Guide

Get goin’!

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Speaker at WordCamp Atlanta 2013

speaker-lineupI’m excited to be speaking at WordCamp Atlanta again this year! The time is quickly approaching for WordCamp Atlanta 2013, March 15-16.

I spoke last year and discussed the process of going from Photoshop PSD to WordPress Theme, here are my slides and notes for that WordCamp Presentation.

This year I’m speaking along the same lines but more specifically about how to create a child theme. Here is the description:

Your firstborn child theme. Child themes 101+2
Learn how to mod themes the right way. Using child themes you won’t loose your edits when there’s a theme update. (101) We’ll go over the advantages and how to set up a child theme. (102) Plus we’ll cover some tricks to make the process a bit easier.

Fear not, I’ll share slides and notes on this presentation as I can. First, I’ve got to go prepare.

Do you have any pain points or specific questions you’d want addressed regarding creating child themes I could work in and answer for you? Hope to see you there!

Speaker Lineup | WordCamp Atlanta.

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