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Redesigning and Learning

Blog post

My idea book

It’s been a bit quiet here the past few weeks, but as you might have noticed, this blog has a fresh, new look to it! About a month-and-a-half ago, I set out to rebuild the WordPress theme for my blog from scratch, and I have busy finishing it up these past for weeks. I built the original theme over a year ago, and have learned a ton since then about front-end development, design and getting the most out of WordPress. For a while, I had been bugged by the many mistakes I made in creating the theme, so I decided to do something about it. Read MoreRedesigning and Learning

Front-End Developer

Hangify is an events discovery and aggregation app for college campuses for iOS, Android, and the web.

My work as a front-end developer for Hangify revolved around the development of the initial version of the iOS app. I joined the team after the creation of an AngularJS app, which was being ported to iOS using Ionic and Cordova. My responsibilities involved refactoring existing code for cleanliness (an example was moving inline styles throughout the project to Sass files), adapting code to work with the native iOS platform (using native iOS storage rather than browser localstorage), and new app features and improvements. Some of the features I worked on specifically included implementing infinite scrolling on the events list page, and lazy loading for images throughout the app. I also fixed bugs that were reported to us.

This was my first professional experience as a web developer, and provided a first-time opportunity to work with a development team. I learned to make use of git branching and merging, learned how to submit a pull request, took part in weekly sprint planning meetings, and regularly collaborated with other team members.

YadaGuru

Project

YadaGuru is a college application reminder web application. It is a CodeForPhilly

project, on which myself and another developer work. The purpose of the app is to help college students through the college application process by giving them regular reminders to write essays, get recommendation letters, complete applications, etc. Students use the app by supplying their application due date, and a list of reminders are generated and presented to the student, grouped by date due and category. Students can then print out the reminders or export them to Google Calendar.

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Not Your Mommy’s Blog

Project

Screenshot of Not Your Mommy's Blog

Not Your Mommy’s Blog uses a custom WordPress theme called ‘Tiles,’ which I created. The theme is responsive, and features my first attempt at a slider/carousel to display recent posts.

This is my first start-to-finish project for another client, though the client is my wife, so I am not sure if that counts.  :-)

This theme is built from scratch, and contains only features and elements needed by my wife. Perhaps in the future, I might modify the theme, and submit it to the WordPress Theme Directory.

Update: This theme was redesigned in September of 2016. I used the Roots Sage starter theme, which I chose because of its integration with Bootstrap CSS. The overall layout contains many of the same elements, but with a cleaner design.

I also introduced a few tools into my personal setup with this project, including SASS pre-processing, Gulp task runner, and VVV for developing locally.

CodeForPhilly and Yadaguru

Blog post

So, week 1 of the 50onRed has so far been a major success. I have been learning a ton, and have been truly enjoying the work. For the most part, I’ve been working on a Slack integration that I will be writing about in the future.

This week, I wanted to write about the great experience I’ve had so far working with CodeForPhilly.

At the end of April, I was kind of at an odd point in my coding journey. I had just gotten hired into the RedLabs internship, but had a whole month before it would begin. I was still working on Read MoreCodeForPhilly and Yadaguru