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

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

New Year Update

2015 New Year

Wow, I haven’t posted in over a month and a half! It has been a busy November and December, with work, family, and the holidays keeping me busy. Unfortunately, I had less and less time to devote to coding (as made evident by that sad contributions chart on my GitHub page). However, being a teacher has the lovely perk of having a whole week off after Christmas, and this has allowed me to get back into the habit again.

So… what have I been doing?

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Learning Laravel

Laravel Logo

I recently decided to start to learn Laravel. I had heard a great introduction to server-side languages and frameworks on Episode 6 of the StartHere.fm podcast, and decided it was about time I figured out what this ‘framework’ thing was all about.

I was originally gravitating towards learning Node.js, since I have been spending more time with the JavaScript community by attending the PhillyJS Meetups. I started on some Node tutorials, but got quickly lost. I felt like I was in over my head, and that I was missing some fundamentals of JavaScript. I downloaded Eloquent JavaScript, and was working on the exercises, but I lost interest, as I felt there wasn’t anything immediately applicable there. Read MoreLearning Laravel

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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