Archive for the 'Web Design' Category

My experiment has been going well. I’ve been able to learn and write quite a bit in Django and Python.

Chris and I placed fourth in the DjangoDash a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say, that’s a nice boost to the old confidence (especially with another rejection coming this morning). The code part of the site for our partnership is almost complete, just a few more things to do on the blog app, then re-use bits of that for the portfolio section, pop in a contact area, and then we’re done. Feels nice to be back in the world of real web programming to produce really neat sites/apps. Chris came up with a good idea for another site this past week, too. He’s turning into quite the idea guy.

Father’s Day was nice. The day before, we went to Chris’ parent’s house to enjoy their pool. It is an awesome pool. I drooled, I won’t lie. At some point this past weekend, we had some great Thai food from Archi’s. I got a shirt from my parents along with a card, and a great card from Elaine and Joe (it has a pun!). It was a nice weekend all around.

Time to get back to code.

Some of you know I’ve been looking for a job for the past while. The rest of you do now.

So last night I decided I needed to try and get Webpen updated to the new look I’ve been working on for it. Yeah, did I mention I haven’t really even touched Webpen in about a year? Been a little busy with the whole move-and-have-a-baby thing, then the raise-the-baby thing.

Anyway, I failed at it. My code looks so horribly ugly compared to how I know Rails code is supposed to look. It’s just…pathetic. Yeah, feel sorry for me. Come on, do it.

Today I think I may buy the updated version of the Rails PDF and start learning again. I really need to get this updated, both for the users and for the potential employers looking at it. Wish me luck.

A Big Switch

August 31

So, if you’re reading this in a feed reader, I should pat myself on my back ’cause that means my .htaccess trickery worked, which it seems to from my little bits of poking around. Anyway, if you’re reading me in a feed reader, come on over and check out the new site.

Yeah, I’ve switched over from using Textpattern to using Wordpress. It’s a lot less beta-feeling than TXP and seems more powerful. That’s kind of an odd statement since Wordpress is supposed to only be for blogging, not a CMS, which is kind of what TXP is considered.

Most of that power comes from Wordpress being doled out in files. I don’t have to spend hours reloading a browser window to tweak how my comments display or how the page templates are set up, like in TXP. And since it’s more out-and-out PHP, you can just drop in some new code and it works.

Anyway, hope you guys like the new design and let me know if you see any problems. Everything should work, but I’m still adding stuff to the Work section. So, if you see any posts from there out here, just let ‘em pass. Thanks!

I’m actually still working on the site. I’ve put it up for review a few places and I’ve gotten some great advice. So, look for improvements in the next few days.