MonthMay 2015

WordPress

I finished up WP theme development on Lynda and I’m coming close to creating a working alpha for the PS plugin. It feels great almost being done with this project and I can’t wait to release it.

I also got a gym membership through NYC Parks Department. The recreational centers are pretty good and for a price of 25$ a year, there’s no debate. Time to get healthy!

Next up is WP plugin development for some more reinforcement.

Breakthrough!

I made some solid progress on the PS Plugin today! It’s not that many lines, but figuring out how WP works is very satisfying. I took time to learn more about the WP Plugin API and experimenting with Sublime Text 3. There are so many addons that do cool things that I didn’t think I needed. ┬áStart here (https://packagecontrol.io/installation) and you’re golden!

 

Coffee

I don’t really drink coffee and I don’t really want to. 99% of my friends drink coffee either for stimulation or just to stay awake. I don’t want to become dependent on a money sink! Also I enjoy the reactions I get when I tell people I don’t drink coffee at all.

I started reading posts on Hacker News (http://https://news.ycombinator.com/) and I’m learning quite a bit about the developer culture and some names I should know. I’m going to take a small break from my Lynda spree since I’m burning out for a bit.

Early Start

I’m trying this new thing where I don’t fall back asleep when I wake up at 5am. I still feel groggy and a little disoriented, but I’ll see how this affects the rest of my day (only 30 minutes into consciousness). I spend the last day shoving WP theme development into my head and I’ll continue the coming days, but I’m also looking into Java Spring tutorials. I don’t quite understand the purpose of J2EE or Spring, but hopefully I’ll get a grasp on it.

Friends

I spent the past couple of days with people I haven’t been with in a long time, my high school friends. After 4+ years, we’re all pretty much still the same people, except we all have jobs or are looking for jobs. I’ve learned that you can’t neglect the people who will remember you years after you haven’t talked or seen them. These guys are really great people.

I finished the WP basic tutorial which really wasn’t too much I didn’t know. I also started and finished creating WP themes with Sass and Grunt, which I believe ties in with some of the work I do at PS. Grunt looks like a really amazing tool that I’d like to know more about. Now I’m starting how to make WP themes with Underscores. Keep up the good pace!

WP

I’m learning more WordPress basics on lynda.com. Thankfully, it seems the subscription I get from NYU has not expired yet. For those who don’t know, lynda.com is a really high quality video learning website. Definitely check it out.

I should be finished with the basic WP stuff today and I’ll start the plugin development next. I hope that this lynda subscription lasts for a while.

Hello world!

Today is my first day as a college graduate. The purpose of this blog will hopefully be a hobby I can keep to in which I log all the things I do every day. I’ve heard writing down what you’ve done in a day can help motivate you to keep developing yourself. I aim to make a post every day or at least every other day.

The first thing on the agenda is learning the ins and outs of WordPress. (Un)Fortunately I set this site up with the express setup provided by cPanel, but I have set up a WP site several times in the past, so I’m not completely lost here.

I spent 2 years solely in compiled languages like Java and C, but now I’m entering the world of Javascript, PHP, and the frameworks they have available. I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to know how to work in these languages.

Projects I want to do/complete (in no order):

  1.  Kum Fung Kitchen Android / iOS app
  2. BarCart iOS/Android app
  3. Kum Fung Kitchen website
  4. PadSquad WP plugin
  5. PadSquad Android / iOS App