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I made things! A basketball hoop!

I’m a computer guy, not a physical things guy. IT systems bow to my every whim (sometimes), but doors, cars, and bits of wood and string aren’t my thing.

Except…last week…I made a basketball hoop for my currently-basketball-obsessed boy out of an old plant pot, some lying around wood, and some cable ties.

A real slam dunk!

Perfect, beautiful curls ❤️

The girl’s hair is SO pretty.

Laravel: Further forays into Test Driven Development (TDD)

I’m using Test Driven Development (TDD) for the first (and second) time on a couple of side projects. Here are some further reflections on the process and issues I’ve come across.

If you’ve ever felt like you owed me a beer…

My college computing teacher, Ray Burcham, is raising money for the Great Western Hospital radiotherapy unit. This will mean that cancer patients don’t have to travel 30 miles to Oxford for daily cancer treatment. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/raymond-burcham This man is the reason… Continue Reading →

Good company

This is the cool kid I get to hang out with on Thursdays. 😍

What AM I doing? (Answer: I’m building analytics!)

I’m going on the journey of building a simple, private, self-hosted, cookie-free analytics tool that I’m calling Kownter. I may fail. But it will be fun and interesting! Come along!

I need to add social sharing buttons to a website…

Here’s a thread designed to help non-web people understand how something that seems trivial on a website can lead to so many micro-decisions needing to be made.

Where I’m NOW at with WordPress: Gutenberg as a developer

As a developer, I think I’m coming around to the idea of the new WordPress Gutenberg editor. Here’s my updated thoughts and reflections.

Testing out TDD – initial thoughts

TDD is a BIG change of mindset for development. Here’s my initial thoughts after paddling around in the shallow end for a little bit.

Where I’m at with WordPress: Gutenberg – as a business owner and developer

Gutenberg will be great for new projects going forward, but I’ve yet to be convinced that enabling it for all sites when they update to WordPress 5.0 is a good idea. So my plan is not to.

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