I recently moved to a new webhost (yay!) because the old is just getting way too expensive and unreliable as I barely use it and I don’t host anyone else anymore anyway. A good friend suggested that I go for DigitalOcean as he has been using for a long time and had not complaints about
Because it’s long overdue. I am (re)learning the Twentyfourteen WordPress theme (and lovin’ it), tinkering with design by creating a child theme. To learn more about WordPress Child Themes, checkout WordPress’ Codex. Goodbye, old theme. Thank you for your service.
It’s National Learn to Code Day 2014 on September 27, 2014 with Ladies Learning Code and we have our very own session in Saskatoon! I just signed up as a volunteer mentor again and the topic we’ll be learning together is Intro to HTML & CSS: Building a Multi-Page Website .
Please visit ladieslearningcode.com/codeday/ to learn more and register.
Mark your calendars and add these event details:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)
114 – 15 Innovation Boulevard
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2X8
I have long wanted to use Sublime Text and had read a lot of good things about it. I am a loyal Notepad++ user myself and it had so far been my main editor and tool for coding. I took this course over at Tuts+ about Bootstrap as a crash course and the teacher was doing this fancy way of writing code almost instantly. It looked sort of familiar, like I’ve seen it in passing in some article online.
On further research, I have learned he was using Emmet – a plugin you can install in your editor that will allow you to write magic like the one above (formerly known as Zen Coding). It is available for popular editors that most developers use. The syntax is CSS-inspired so it won’t take long for you to get the flow of things.
Editors where you can use Emmet:
Confession: the term scares me. Personally, it inflicts instant panic.
Let the panic begin
I’m one of those developers who feel that I don’t seem to fit in one category or label. Professionally, I am called a front-end web developer but I can also design templates and posters in Photoshop. I’m a developer who designs and codes. HTML + CSS + Photoshop + WordPress is my area. I can also work with Joomla and had spent almost 4 years with Liferay Portal. These became my specialized set of technologies just because my work required these of me. I stopped trying to figure out the job description ages ago.
These days, it’s not enough. I know this for a fact and feel it heavily now that I have moved to a new country, starting over, and had been looking for work. 5 months and 2 interviews in, I still don’t have a full-time job (hurray for freelancing!). The first interview ended with the employer wanting someone who have more design experience and the more recent one wanted a very technical developer with various programming skills. I’m neither. However, I know I can code well and I can create graphics like this one below –
According to an article in Sitepoint – here’s the list of skills a “competitive web developer” needs to have in order to be successful in the present state of the industry –
The wish list
As an employment counselor once told me, it’s just a wish list really. It’s a list of things an employer wishes you have but most probably not expect to have all of it. This explanation actually made me feel a bit calmer. I have lost count of how many job postings I have read and the skills now required for my current job title makes me feel really old and obsolete. I’ve had that illogical thought for quite a while now – being obsolete. But I can’t accept that it’s too late for me. When the panic ensues again and I go get my hands on any tutorial and online courses to try to keep up.