BADCamp Slides

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:23

BADCamp 2014Cathy Theys and I presented on Mentorship Tools and Techniques at BADCamp November 8. I've created a tag on my reveal.js fork if you're interested in giving the session yourself. The slides are really very simple. If you're just interested in seeing the slides, it would probably be easier for you to view them online directly.

We couldn't quite get through everything we hoped to cover in out alotted time, but the session as a whole went well. We're hoping to get a recording of the session posted soon too. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

Drupal Presentation Theme Template

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:38

DrupalCon Sydney Speaker BadgeIn preparation for my Patch Review presentation with xjm in Sydney next month, I designed a presentation template for use with Google docs. There isn't a good way to create a custom theme for Google docs presentations, so I found a custom KILL TWILL theme post from J Washburn and used it as a starting point to create one with Drupal colors. In order to use it, it's just a matter of duplicating the slide closest to what you need instead of creating a new slide. Feel free to use it for your next presentation too.

Mountain Lion Command Line Setup

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 12:52
Okay, I'm haven't cleansed my dotfiles to a point where I'm ready to post them here yet, but I'm not going to continue to let that prevent me from publishing the rest of this... There are some alternative dotfile repositories on github though. These may infact be better than mine anyway. Obviously you should look at them closely and be sure you approve. Never run scripts like these if you don't understand what they're doing!

I don't work for free.

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:40

You would't walk into your local office supply store and ask them to give you a ream of paper in exchange for shared ownership in your business. I guarantee you would never get free gas from your local station in exchange for empty promises. You won't get supplies to build a physical product for free, and if you hired someone to assemble it for resale, labor laws require you to pay them at least minimum wage. So, what makes it okay to ask professionals to work for free?

Ignore Files in Git

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 16:52

git LogoThere are two kinds of files we need to ignore (or exclude) in version control. Git handles both cases nicely, but every time I set up a new repository, I have to remind myself which one is which.

As I code, there are usually files I don't really need to know about when they change. I'd like for git to pretend they aren't even there as I go about my regular business, because I don't want these files in version control at all. An example of this is css and js files aggregated periodically by a web app. In my case, Drupal creates some aggregated css in /sites/default/files/css.

MediaWiki on the Mac

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 12:00

Wikipedia LogoI have a Wiki. Actually it’s new. I just installed it last night. In another life, the company I worked for had one that developers used for notes on specific projects and whatnot. So, since my new project doesn’t really have a good place for these kind of notes, I decided to install one. Not a public Wiki for all to see, just something for notes that wouldn’t be appropriate in a blog.

I explored my options for which ones play nice on OSX, and frankly most of them work fine on a standard web server, Mac or no. There are, of course, some that claim to have more user friendly install packages, but I decided MediaWiki would do the trick. Besides, I remarked to myself, It would make a good thing to blog about.

The Apache Debacle

Submitted by ZenDoodles on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 18:00

Apache LogoAh yes, Apache. I am a web developer. I should know something about it, right? It turns out, up until recently, I knew just enough to get myself into trouble. Oh sure, I could walk through a tutorial or online instructions to get this or that thing working, but really getting into the why or wherefore of what I was doing was not a priority.

See, here’s the hitch. When I was using cast off PC’s for development servers, the things I did to configure Apache would disappear in 6 months anyway. Often less. Things would start to get kinda hinky, so I’d install some new Linux distro I wanted to dink around with anyway and start from scratch.