August
04
2014

August – Week 1

This week I got really into using codeabbey, it’s a strange retro looking site, but one that I think has a lot of value. I didn’t expect to stay but solving the problems became quite addictive and I became aware that it was a building on what I’d learnt at Codecademy and ‘Learn JS properly.’ You’re given solid introductions to the problems that cover important areas such as encryption (more…)

July
26
2014

July – Week 4

“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.”
– Linus Torvalds

I thought this was a blog about web design, now you’re talking about installing Linux, CLI’s and dual-booting, whatever the hell that is. This week I decided to try out Linux, following recommendations I chose the (baby tier) Ubuntu distro: Cinnamon Mint. I like Linux, I think the CLI (command line interface) is great – something Windows seems to lack (more…)

July
17
2014

July – Week 3

Respite arrives in the form of a holiday, a brief relocation to Cornwall and the discovery of Code Complete. What else was I going to read on holiday? We’ve got to stay the course and it’s a book I’ve often been recommended. (Thanks Bill the Lizard.) Also I grabbed a couple of Head First’s books, Java and Design Patterns. The books themselves seem kind of silly, what with crossword exercises, but they’re rather popular. They’re presented in quite an informal, conversational style (more…)

July
10
2014

July – Week 2

“PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.”
– Jon Ribbens

We’re back on the PHP party boat, everyone’s gone home, you’re out of booze and you have the faint sensation your CRUD app from last week still makes no sense to you. Dark times indeed. But huzzah, a lifeboat arrives in the form of PHPacademy , and what’s this? A 23 video playlist for free! I rate this channel quite highly, (more…)

July
05
2014

July – Week 1

“Jack of all trades, master of none,
Often times better than a master of one.”
– Popular saying

This week I started to go off on a tangent (one of the dangers of self-learning!), well I started having many illustrious thoughts about PHP (which is unusual considering all the hate it gets). Job searches will prove it’s still an in-demand skill and many common frameworks are built on it (inc. WordPress), so I wanted to see if I could get down in the foundations of it. (more…)

June
30
2014

June – Week 4

“England is a nation of shopkeepers.”
—Napoleon I

Having finished my portfolio site, and now feeling more confident I took to revitalising another site from months ago. You might remember my girlfriend’s site from March, which at that point, demonstrated that I was ill-equipped to deal with the difficulties of an e-commerce store. However, with WordPress on our side there’s a really great plugin we can use to save us a lot of time (more…)