WordPress: Building Child Themes

Today I completed the WordPress: Building Child Themes course on Lynda.com. This course, which I found to be very enlightening, was taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. One of the prerequisites for starting this course was to have a local WordPress installation running on your machine. To achieve this, I turned to the Bitnami WAMP stack to install a development web server on my PC. From there I was able to download the WordPress add-on Bitnami created for their WAMP stack and within minutes I was up-and-running.
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ITT Tech: Shutdown -s -f

It was just a few weeks ago that ITT Technical Institute made the news after the US Department of Education banned the for-profit “college” from enrolling new students who used federal financial aid. Today I read that ITT Tech is closing its doors permanently and, frankly, all I could think was, “Good riddance.” After everything I’ve heard in the years leading up to this from friends who have gone to ITT, it’s hard to feel bad about seeing them go away.
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Become a Front-End Web Developer

I have finally completed the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com! I was tempted to make this post’s featured image a screenshot of Frodo and Sam on the slopes of Mount Doom after they destroyed the ring thinking to myself, “It’s over. It’s done.” Then I thought about it some more and I realized, to quote Count Dooku in his duel with Yoda on Geonosis, “This is just the beginning!”
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Bootstrap 3 Essential Training

Today I finished the Bootstrap 3 Essential Training course with Ray Villalobos. From what I took away from this course, Bootstrap would make the chore of Responsive design a little easier but my feelings on this, like with JavaScript, are that the more experience I get the more comfortable I’ll be. One of the interesting points covered in the course was how you can arrange elements based on the breakpoints of the page. One could have elements displayed a certain way on monitors with a high resolution and a completely different way on mobile and low-resolution monitors.
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Responsive Design Fundamentals

Tonight I completed a short course titled Responsive Design Fundamentals instructed by my favorite of the Lynda.com instructors, so far, James Williamson. This course was only 2h 15m long and was basically an overview of the concepts that fueled responsive design. It was nice to have a basic overview of how this worked and the pros and cons of the various techniques of how to accomplish this. Admittedly, while I didn’t know anything going into the course, I found myself dreading the amount of work that goes into making a site properly responsive. With a bit of practice, I feel what I see today as a monumental task will eventually become second nature.
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TucsonJS: IoT Workshop with Losant

I had recently tweeted about my completing a Lynda.com course on JavaScript and this got a like from a group called TucsonJS. They describe themselves on Twitter as, “A recurring meetup for all things JavaScript in Tucson, Arizona.” Given how uncomfortable I am with my understanding of JavaScript, due to my lack of experience with it, I felt that joining one of their meetups could only be a good thing. Exposing myself to people who spoke fluent JavaScript can only help me become a better developer.
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