Published 2 days ago by Duncan.
:( Today is a sad day. I'm going to have to say a fond goodbye to Local by Flywheel which I have been using for about six months now. It has failed me, well and truly failed me. Back about six months ago, I found Local by Flywheel, a delightful GUI based virtual enviroment for developing with WordPress locally. I found it via an article on CSS Tricks. Fast forward a few months when I install an update for VirtualBox, which completly breaks my development VMs(Laravel Homestead...Read More
Published 1 week ago by Duncan.
If you use or develop for WordPress, then you've probably heard of Gutenberg. It's the new editor for WordPress coming in the future. Compared to the current WordPress interface, it's alot more modern and allows for better organisation. What I think of...Read More
Published Jan 28 by Duncan.
For the last year and a half I have been building the CoderDojo Bridgeton website. A large portion of that time was spent creating a static prototype with HTML and CSS. What is CoderDojo? "The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity...Read More
Published Jan 20 by Duncan.
Recently, I've been quite interested in creating Alexa skills. So far, I've created and published two Alexa skills. I had been meaning to for a few months but never really understood how they worked and how I could get started. However, like anything I found some videos on YouTube that really helped. I recommend watching Dabble Lab and his Alexa development playlist. Within a few days, you could have a published working...Read More
Published Jan 19 by Duncan.
Finally, South Lanarkshire Council has decided to close all schools. However, the SLC website is still not working. It keeps going down and coming back up again. ...Read More
Published Jan 17 by Duncan.
Good thing There is snow outside, thanks to the great Scottish weather. Bad thing The South Lanarkshire website keeps going down because everyone wants to know if their school is open or not. That's why they should move from Jisc web hosting to scalable web hosting(like AWS). Why only close some schools? When East Ayrshire have already closed...Read More
Published Nov 10, 2017 by Duncan.
A lot has changed since I wrote my Programming to Production Workflow article in March. I thought I would make an updated version of it. Text editor I've moved over to using Atom as my text editor because it has easy integrations with Git. It's also relatively fast. I'm even writing this blog post with it. Local Development Back in March of this year, I was using XAMPP. Now...Read More
Published Oct 20, 2017 by Duncan.
Recently, I have started using Jekyll to create websites. If you don't know, Jekyll is a static site generator (NOT a CMS). GitHub Pages is really great because it bacilly allows you to host your own website for free. Overview of how it works ⋅⋅* You create your files and edit your templates etc ⋅⋅* Every time you save a file a file, the Jekyll server then completly rebuilds your site with the new content. This takes...Read More
Published Oct 2, 2017 by Duncan.
Recently I moved this website across to Statamic. A flat-file CMS made for developers by developers. There are so many good things to say about Statamic so let's get started. Installation Statamic is really easy to install. Create a VM, slap Statamic in the web root and boom you've got it running. Get...Read More
Published Aug 16, 2017 by Duncan.
Recently, I have moved my blog over to Statamic, a flat file CMS. In this blog post I will show you how to setup a local development server on your Windows computer using Laravel Homestead. First you will want to install VirtualBox and Vagrant. These will help us create a virtual machine so things like Nginx are not actually on the machine itself. It also means if you mess it...Read More