July is here, but summer came back early-to-mid June, so the temperatures in Phoenix have been around 110° F since then. So, like even before that, I’ve been inside reading, but I’ve also done a lot more in the last 3 months than the 8 prior: More >
I’ve noticeably been absent for most of the second half of 2012, though I doubt anyone really missed my blog that much. ;P More >
On the top-right of the site, just under the Search bar, there should be a Quick Question for my site visitors about the iContact API. I started to update it to version 3, and then lost track of my exact requirements…
- Do I make it for plugins and forms, or just make different versions for each?
- Do I make it flexible and extensible, or leave it pretty rigid in purpose and form?
- Do I want to make the variables hard-coded in-line, in a separate file, or forget it and soft-code?
So I have options where I take this, but am looking to the people who use it, and I’m assuming some of you do since it those posts are my most accessed, for feedback on how they use it so I can optimize the code for the majority!
Take 30 seconds to answer the poll and help make iContactAPI better!
Phoenix, AZ might not technically be the desert, but it will be some dry heat and farther West than I’ve ever lived before. Mid-July I’ll be starting my employment at a company called Unicon out in Gilbert, AZ, thus the change in location. I’m looking forward to both the social and educational opportunities this will move will afford me, because like the 45th Rule of Acquisition states: "Expand, or die."
This has been part of the reason for my lack of posts during the second quarter, so I hope to be back and writing here more frequently starting in September. By then I hope to have my iContact API updated to version 3 which will also be compatible with my iContact Widget for WordPress. If anyone is interested in helping me develop or test it, just leave a comment here.
I’ve been wading in some new code since yesterday and decided I’d make a quick post to tell you about what I’m currently working on: iContact API v2.2 and a WordPress plugin for a widget that uses it!
The widget will be a simple form that lets you get quick, AJAX sign-up form for an iContact list. We have several blogs at work, each with their own newsletters, so the widget was designed with those in mind… It will use the new version of the API letting you pick which client folder and associated list, from the chosen folder, you want the front-end form to be connected to. There will also be two optional fields that will let you assign an additional iContact field name and value that will populate with each addition; the idea for this being used to track which websites that they came from. More >
As I mentioned before, I am re-working my CMS administration layout and styles. In the process I decided that I disliked having simple checkbox inputs, so I tried jQuery-UI’s .button() method, and while it wasn’t bad, I didn’t get the main feature I wanted1: a graphical check that should (dis)appear.
Well, I’ve made my own jQuery checkboxes before using uniquely laid out HTML divs and a beastly jQuery function I wrote; the script was only 17 lines, but it made too many calls for my tastes.
“Frag that” I said figuring I could make it simpler, and so I did.
Hail and well met!
Last week I mentioned some common features missing from paid WordPress templates, and this led to a lot of research into the WP Template Hierarchy. To prove to myself I wasn’t just complaining, my goal for the year – since it is just a self-challenge – is to try to make my own WP theme for either book reviews or a website portfolio; while I am sure these already exist, it is more about challenging myself to something I’d find worth the effort in the end. More >
Took some time off from the books in March so I could enjoy some games and get some freelance work done, but I still read 17 books. I figure that is a good stopping point at it brings my 3-month total to 98, nearly two-third of my annual goal, so the books will be going on hiatus and I hope to have some more web development posts in here.
- Green Rider (Green Rider #1) by Kristen Britain
- Off Armageddon Reef (Safehold #1) by David Weber
- Greyson’s Revenge (Ashes of the Realm #2) by Saxon Andrew
- Raven Calls (Walker Papers #7) by C.E. Murphy
- Not only does Joanne meet family and time travel, but Gary has an adventure!
- Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs
- Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion #1) by Elizabeth Moon
- Fair warning: if you read all three in the series back-to-back, have tissues ready!
- Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontier Saga) by Ryk Brown
After dealing with more than a couple incomplete/buggy WordPress templates clients have purchased, I am tired of dealing with common issues that should have been resolved by the author prior to selling their templates…
Here are my 5 major issues with WordPress themes: More >
- The Tinkerer’s Daughter by Jamie Sedgwick
- After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
- Love Conquers All (Annihilation #1) by Saxon Andrew
The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
- While there are 17 light novels, only 5 are currently translated in English.
- Spice & Wolf, Book 1 by Isuna Hasekura
- Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice #1) by Joseph Delaney
- Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins #1) by Ari Marmell
- Spirit Dances (Walker Papers #6) by C.E. Murphy
- Pleasure Model (Netherworld #1) by Christopher Rowley
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
- Had a bit of nostalgia and ended my month by re-reading the series.