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  • How the #$@& Do I Use an API?! - Wikipedia API Basics

    January 5, 2017

    Wikipedia API Basics 1. So... What's an API? 2. There's an API For That! 3. Okay, I Know What an API Is...Now What? 4. Let's Do It! 5. It worked! (Hopefully) How the #$@& Do I Use an API?! I'm taking a break from the WordPress development topic to delve into APIs. (Yay!) I'll be using the Wikipedia API for this example. 1. So... What's an API? APIs—application programming interfaces—are the current standard in utilizing information and technologies on the web.

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  • fortune | cowthink

    December 31, 2016

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    ( You will be audited by the Internal )
    ( Revenue Service.                    )
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  • Custom Sidebar - Child Themes in Wordpress

    December 29, 2016

    1. Register Custom Sidebar in functions.php 2. Create Custom Sidebar File 3. Call Custom Sidebar! 4. Style as Desired The nice thing about child themes is that it gives you a full theme as a base, while also allowing for endless customization. Any file that you write in your child theme, e.g. functions.php, header.php, sidebar.php, will overwrite the parent theme's file. It's worth mentioning that this doesn't seem to be working on my local WordPress install, with theme Twenty Seventeen.

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  • fortune | cowthink

    December 29, 2016

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    ( Q: Why haven't you graduated yet? A:   )
    ( Well, Dad, I could have finished years )
    ( ago, but I wanted                      )
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    ( my dissertation to rhyme.              )
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  • Child Themes in Wordpress - Getting Started

    December 27, 2016

    The Basics of Child Themes There are many reasons why you should create child themes when using any customization. If you modify the CSS or PHP directly in a Wordpress theme, and later update the theme, all of your changes will be lost. With child themes, you can update the parent themes without overwriting your custom styles. I prefer to use a theme released directly from Wordpress.org, such as Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Sixteen, etc.

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  • Install Wordpress on Linux (Debian/CentOS)

    December 25, 2016

    How to Install Wordpress on Linux 1. Ensure You Have a LAMP Stack Configured (Linux, Apache MySQL, PHP) 2. Download & Extract Wordpress 3. Create a new database for Wordpress 4. Give Wordpress Proper Permissions 5. Install Wordpress 1. Ensure You Have a LAMP Stack Configured (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) If you aren't sure if you have Apache, MySQL, and PHP on your system, verifying this is pretty easy.

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  • Setting up a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

    December 23, 2016

    1. Install Apache 2. Install MySQL 3. Install PHP 4. Verify LAMP Stack 1. Install Apache Install the package: Debian/Ubuntu sudo apt-get install apache2 Fedora/CentOS/SUSE Systems yum install httpd And start the service: sudo service apache2 start or sudo service httpd start   2. Install MySQL Debian/Ubuntu $ sudo apt-get install mysql-server $ sudo mysql_secure_installation $ sudo mysql_install_db $ sudo service mysql start CentOS/Fedora/SUSE $ sudo yum install mysql-server $ sudo service mysqld start $ sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation The mysql_secure_installation command runs the setup for MySQL.

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  • What Makes a Great Software Developer?

    November 2, 2016

    Work Ethic? Teamwork? Communication? These are some of the most cited skills on résumés, and traits all employers look for when hiring. This is true, whether they're looking for a Database Administrator or a cashier. So what skills are more specific to software development? What distinguishes a good software developer from a great one?   It all begins with one's Standard of Quality. Truth be told, as long as they put the time and effort into it, most anyone can learn to code.

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