Start to be Great

you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. zig ziglarStarting. One foot in front of the other. That is what so many don’t do and then blame everything around them.

I’ve had my share of failures and it’s not fun. I’ve gotten that email saying, “Thank you for applying. You were wonderful! However…bla bla bla.”

You know what I’m talking about. You didn’t get the job or promotion or whatever and it stings. But it’s at that moment and the few moments after that are keys to success.

Make sure to remember that you started on the journey and nothing will hold you back. Nobody will keep you down. No matter what.

Don’t buy that voice of negativity that needles away at your brain after those painful temporary times of rejection.

And they are only that: TEMPORARY.

You can do it. Your family believes in you!

Your friends believe you!

God believes in you!

I believe in you!

 

Using the Bootstrap framework to build a WordPress site

I’m working on building a wordpress site with a theme that is based on the bootstrap css framework. Fun fun!

Never tire of learning more!

Here is the header code right now:

<!-- HEADER
 ================================================== -->
 <header class="site-header" role="banner">
 
 <!-- NAVBAR
 ================================================== -->
 <div class="navbar-wrapper">
 
 <div class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-fixed-top" role="navigation">
 <div class="container">
 <div class="navbar-header">
 <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse">
 <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
 <span class="icon-bar"></span>
 <span class="icon-bar"></span>
 <span class="icon-bar"></span>
 </button>
 <a class="navbar-brand" href="/"><img src="assets/img/logo.png" alt="Bootstrap to WordPress"></a>
 </div>
 <div class="navbar-collapse collapse">
 <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
 <li class="active"><a href="/">Home</a></li>
 <li><a href="blog.html">Blog</a></li>
 <li><a href="resources.html">Resources</a></li>
 <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li>
 </ul>
 </div>
 </div>
 </div>
 
 </div>
 </header>

Creating a Logo in Illustrator

Illustrator can be a daunting test when coming from Photoshop. It is so different.

But different can be so much fun when you allow yourself to think a bit differently about graphics, shapes, lines and how they all work together.

Illustrator is not based on pixels but points. The real beauty of the tool is being able to create something that can be shown on a billboard or the side of the moon without losing its quality. It’s a beautiful thing!

I have worked in Illustrator for years now, but almost always defaulted to Photoshop because of my photography work. Now I’m leaning more heavily into Illustrator and its unique ability to create with no size limitations and specifically for its ability to render technical illustrations.

I showed the technical illustration I created a couple days ago. Here is a logo I created yesterday. A minimalist logo for an eco-friendly company.

Logo My Green Thumb

The Command Line

Practicing my powershell scripting
Practicing my powershell scripting

For any programmer, the command line is priceless. It is essential to learn and memorize at least the basics. If it’s not used, it’s easily lost.

Anyone looking for a crash course, check out Zed Shaw’s books and videos here.

One of the best analogies I’ve heard from Zed is to look at command line work is like an adventure game where you have to search for and find things.

Adds some fun to what otherwise might be looked at as drudgery.

We are so used to our WYSIWYG world that when we first work with command lines, it seems so very inefficient. It is sometimes the opposite!

If you get a chance, go check out Zed Shaw’s site and books. He is a well of knowledge.

 

Day 3: Study and Build

Still working on fleshing out the site, specifically my portfolio page. I have done so much work over the years, but I want to show the best that I’ve done.

And get to building the new stuff. I’m excited about the journey and look forward to working with an IT company soon.

Day 2: Building out the site

Today I’m working on fleshing out my portfolio site and getting some examples of my work up and ready to show.

I have some things I’ve done over the years but lots and lots and lots has gone by the wayside.

But there is a good chunk of my past work that is outdated, so not a big loss.

Today’s focus is to present that I am fluent in modern web development. Responsive. Mobile-ready. JavaScript and CSS platforms. All the good stuff of 2017!

Onward and upward!

*Update later in the evening*

I uploaded a very simple three page site. I made the icon logos, my main logo and hand-coded the css and html.

This is a screenshot of the home page:

I will adding functionality to it as I move forward.

A couple of things: I will add a working contact form in php and I’ll be writing it myself. That is the only way to get proficient: do it!

I will also be adding some additional elements to the site like some pictures in a carousel or something.

It’s almost 1 am and my bed (and my wife!) is calling me…:)

Hello Coding World!

This is my area to show off what I’m doing in the world of programming.

First things first: I need to get some of my latest work uploaded. If I want a job as a Web Developer or Programmer, I need to show what I can still do.

What I can still do? Yes, I’ve been working in the IT world since 2000.

When I got my career started as a Web Designer, I still had dial-up…yikes!