Diving Deep into WordPress

WP Admin Shirt

So, as I mentioned in my last post, things have been going well at 50onRed. I am now working full-time as a CMS (read ‘WordPress’) developer for the content team. I manage three viral content sites, and the majority of my work is diving into depths of WordPress.

WordPress was part of my beginning experiences building for the web. Not Your Mommy’s Blog, The Hair Saloon, and this blog are all WordPress sites. Soon after building these sites, I began to work with Hangify, CodeForPhilly/YadaGuru, and then landed the internship at 50onRed. The these experiences had been focus away from WordPress: full-stack JavaScript with node, Angular, and Python/Flask. I think it is safe to say that I ‘grew up’ as a developer outside of the world of WordPress. Read MoreDiving Deep into WordPress

Hangify

Hangify Logo

Ugh, was February 5th really my last post? There goes my New Year’s Resolution of blogging regularly. Well anyway, I feel like I have a good excuse this time…

The last month-and-a-half have been a crazy-awesome learning experience for me. I wanted to take some time to reflect on this time, as it has been very exciting.

It all started at the January Philadelphia JavaScript Developers Meetup. After the presentations, we were hanging out at a nearby bar/restaurant. Usually, I don’t really know anyone at these meetups, so I try to make an effort to sit with someone I don’t know, tell my story, and ask for advice. Read MoreHangify

Building for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

Hair Saloon and More

Prior to my latest project, most of my projects have been built either for myself, my wife, or friends. While I was confident with my abilities at this point, I had not yet had the opportunity to build something for someone who I would consider a real “client.” Recently, I had this opportunity, and wanted to document my experience in building a website for an actual client.

I regularly get my haircut at a small business local to me called The Hair Saloon and More. About a year ago, I decided that I would keep my hair cut very short. While I am happy with the look, I have the unfortunate problem of rapidly growing hair, and have to get my haircut about every 2-3 weeks to maintain it. I’ve gotten to know the owners well, and enjoy my regular visits. Read MoreBuilding for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

Lingo and Explorations in JavaScript

A screenshot of the project Lingo

One of my favorite game shows from back in the mid 2000’s was the game Lingo. My wife and I used to occasionally watch the show, and would play each other on the online Flash version. Soon after this, the show went off the air, and eventually the game disappeared from the Internet. My wife and I continued to play Lingo in paper-and-pencil format, usually on the back of diner place-mats.

For those who have never played the game before, here is the general idea: You have to guess a five-letter word to which you are given the first letter. After each guess is made, you are told whether each character that you guess is: 1) in the word, and/or 2) in the correct position in the word. Read MoreLingo and Explorations in JavaScript

How I Got Here – Part 3

After creating a few projects for others, I decided it was time to create a website for myself. I was unknowingly going through a bit of an identity crisis at the time. I hadn’t figured out the difference between a web designer and a web developer. I guess I always assumed that both jobs were done by the same person.

I also had thought about the possibility of freelancing at this point, so I purchased the domain derricowebdesign.com (which now just redirects to this blog). I then created my fourth project, a landing page/personal business site: D’Errico Web Design:

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How I Got Here – Part 2

In How I Got Here – Part 1, I had just created my first web app, and discovered it to be a fun and satisfying project. Before we go on, here is a little bit of my back story…

I prefer to focus on the positive in the writing of this blog, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I have not been necessarily happy teaching. This was something I think I knew all along, but hadn’t come to terms with until recently. As a child, I had always wanted to be a band director. Being a music educator had become part of my identity. The education world is the only world that I know. The thought of not teaching seemed very unrealistic to me, so I buried this unhappiness.

This led to several job changes in my teaching career (I’ve worked for 5 different school districts in 12 years), with hopes that each transition would leave me in a better place, and I would finally enjoy teaching. A year after my last transition (which was in early 2012), I once again began to realize how unhappy I was, but this time, I began to realize that teaching was just not for me. I also was starting to think of other careers, and knew I wanted to do something in the tech sector. At the time, I wasn’t even really aware of what types of jobs existed… I just knew that I wanted to work with computers and technology.

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How I Got Here – Part 1

This is the first post of in a series of “My Story” articles which detail how I got here. Though the posts are numbered, they are not necessarily in chronological order. I generally view my start in web development with the creation of my first project. From that point forward, many events have lead up to today, the day I launch this blog. The next several posts in the series will detail this adventure in coding.

I also plan on going back and exploring the past, because as mentioned in the About page, I have long been interested in computers and technology in general, and that interest lead to where I am today. I also look forward to adding new chapters to my story as I continue to move through my career as a web developer.

So, how did I get here?

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