Monthly Archives: July 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 – 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 – 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 – 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…)