Highlights of 2008 for me include helping out with the neighborhood church web site, and knitting things for a baby niece.
May 28, 2008
Sadly, I need to hunker down at work and get back to my YUI stuff. YUI’s nice, but it is a lot more complex than JQuery. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s worth the extra overhead, or if I’m missing some way to make things easier.
Feb 14, 2008
I volunteered a little while ago to be the maintainer for the Green Lake United Methodist Church. One limitation of the site is the fact that the Webmaster was a barrier to getting new content online. It's a common problem, and had nothing to do with the maliciousness of the Webmaster. It's just the simple fact that the Web dude is the only person who can post content. If the office manager wants to post the Worship schedule, she has to ask the Webmaster. If the pastor wants to present a message, she has to talk to the Webmaster. And it goes on and on. Eventually the Webmaster implodes, because you can only handle being the bottleneck for so long. The pressure becomes especially great when there is time-sensitive information that needs to be posted. You end up with a site that looks essentially static for months at a time.
A blog seems like the most straightforward solution to the problem of allowing non-technical people to post content including material that is time-sensitive. I can worry about technical and design decisions, and everybody else can worry about content. I installed WordPress because it seemed like the best fit for this site. WordPress has a large userbase, is easy to install and maintain, and has plentiful plugins for extending functionality. They would probably be able to find free or cheap help on the site if I get hit by a bus or something. I added plugins for event scheduling and reader feedback, a nice looking template, and fine-tuned one of my own pictures of the church.
Jan 30, 2008
I’ve been brushing up on my PHP basics lately. Why? Well, it never hurts to revisit things you think you already know. There is a good chance you will discover something you didn’t know after all. For example: this time I learned about PHP’s
Jan 7, 2008
I’ve got my code filtering Markdown and now I want to stuff that filtered content into an HTML page. I could just use
maruku#to_html_document, but I need the ability to add details like a title and site-related links.
Jan 6, 2008 (Updated Mar 28, 2015)
Jan 3, 2008
I'd really love to master an editor. Any editor. Vim has been my weapon of choice for years, but Emacs has always intrigued me. It's easier to use than Vim, but the Elisp language is the real draw. Vim's configuration / scripting language is awkward at best. Elisp is cryptically lispish, but at least it is possible to break it down without wondering what the heck
<sfile>is supposed to be.