WordPress 3.0 is out today, and I upgrading with out any issues as usual. Check out the video embedded below for a nice summary of the new features. This is the most anticipated WordPress release to date. The theme I am working on will be built to use all of the new features, but that is a ways down the road for me anyway. But seriously; watch the video!
Posts Tagged ‘Web Development’
I finally got my logo done. Thinking of something to use was the hardest part.
How I did it
- Once I got the idea for the shuriken made of code I found an image of a shuriken I liked the shape of on the web.
- Then I used my Wacom tablet to make a selection around it.
- Created a new file with a transparent background.
- Copied the selection to the new file.
- Took a screenshot of my sites code in my favorite editor.
- Pasted the screenshot onto the background.
- Created a mask layer revealing the selection.
- Moved and transformed the background image until I like it’s position.
- Then added a drop shadow and bevel to the image using layer styles.
Nothing too advanced but I turned out to my liking.
I know that mastering anything can take many, many years if you’re lucky; sometimes a lifetime but only if you’re really dedicated.
This year I decided that this is the year that I change the way I am; the way I do things. I turned 30 last year and I was thinking about all of the things that I have said I want to or am going to do, but never get around to them. For me, this list had continued to grow to be a list larger then I can track. You see, I have an undying thirst for knowledge. I like to learn about so many different things, such that if I were given 5 of my lifetimes and never wasted a moment I might be able to learn a little bit about everything I have an interest in today. However, every time I learn something new I also learn that there are more things involved and those things get added to the list of things I wish I could learn. It’s a never ending loop; hence the things I want to learn but never have the time.
I was inspired by a friend of mine who was telling me about his plan to get to where he wants to be. He knew what he had to do and had a detailed plan on how to get there. I let him know that the planning part is where I always seem to fail. I never have enough direction, attainable goals, or structure to me getting things in my personal life accomplished. He offered to help me out and try and get me to the point where I could do this on my own. I am very excited about this and I have been making big changes over the last month.
So in the end do I expect to master (X)HTML? Not right now, I just want to be able to go into a prospective job and say that I know it and be confident that I do actually know it. Maybe someday I will be a master in what I do.
I am currently trying to figure out how I get from me (currently) to Pro. I desire to be the very best at all that I take in, but also realize that goal is not achievable. I am aiming too high; which can be good, but it seems to leave me stuck. I need to take baby steps, but I need instant gratification.
I decided it might be cool to try and organize a summary of cool things I have seen or done online each week.
First thing on my list is the reason I got this idea. By trying out Evernote online. It is a very cool little tool for capturing things you find on the web. I installed the desktop client, but the Web Clipper seems to be what I am in need of.
Create your own WordPress Theme
One of the sites I like is Nettuts. They have a nice little Tutorial about how to create your own WordPress theme from scratch. I really want to do this. Check it out here:
CSS Swiss Army Knife?
I think every developer should have a CSS Swiss Army Knife in their toolbox. This was written at Pathfinder Development here.
I like free (Magazines)
A list of 30 free PDF magazines here
What does CS4 look like?
A look at Illustrator CS4 done by VectorTuts.
And a look at Photoshop CS4 done by PSDTuts.
Money for digg
I have always been a fan of digg.com. Looks like they are doing well. I can’t wait to see what comes about for them now.
Adobe, Open Source, and Flash
Android and the future of phones
The T-mobile G1 took off this week and that has been creating a lot of buzz. There is a ton of stuff all over about that. Looks like it’s going to be best to wait and see what the next gen. Android phones will bring. I like the idea, and I have not gotten an iPhone yet so…
Apple Insider has a nice little comparison article here.
Webkit is the first to pass the Acid3 test.
Chirs Coyier from css-tricks.com wrote this article about this thing he calls the Toolbox CSS. I think it’s a great idea.
Adobe extends Photoshop to mobile phones
Mobile and Cloud computing are major right now. This is just more proof to back that up.
20 Sites You’ll Love if You’re New to the Web Industry
I am already subscribed to most of these site’s RSS feeds, but it’s good to have a nice list for you.
Visually Stunning Portfolio Presentation – Marius Roosendaal
Creattica Daily featured this very nice Portfolio site. I only hope to get this to something close to that caliber.
Absolutely crazy. All the web browsers, from Mosaic to Dillo, open on the same desktop, with amazing effects provided by Beryl. Also check out: http://forum.beryl-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=2928
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I earn money from this blog, but as I have hinted in the past, that isn’t my primary goal. I write paid reviews for products that take a fair amount of time, but nothing compared to the amount of time WordPress plugin authors spend on their creations, only to give them away for free and […]
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