After a gruelling 2018 when I was working 7 day weeks and had zero to no social life, 2019 started with a bang then a thud. My PR application kept getting delayed and the dates kept slipping.

But now in mid 2019, I have my own office space, I am in the best shape of my life so far and the PR application is nearly done. From now on things are going to get better. What better to do then to kickstart this blog.

From now on, I'll be posting monthly updates on my projects. This will help me keep account of my progress so far.
One day I hope to read these blog posts and see how far I've gone.

Until then, its time to hustle.

Recently I embarked on a new revision of my tumblr theme. This one has more specific css geared towards individual pages.

However I discovered that tumblr has been injecting ~1.5mbs of crap scripts. Yeah that’s right - and you have no control over it. Not only that but I have been using the tumblr dashboard since the last three years and there has been no change it the developer tools, or theme tags.

Yessir we’re all using the same tools to develop and design tumblr themes since pre 2014. This sucks.
And so the executive decision has been made. I am moving my blog away from tumblr and on to wordpress.

There are couple of good reasons for this:

  • More control over the website
  • Excellent SEO tools and plugins from the wp community
  • No more crap scripts and shit getting in the way
  • More control over how content is served
  • And much more..

Having said that I’ll miss tumblr’s dashboard.

Seems like I keep getting more inquiries on picking programming as a career choice from the young'uns as I get older.

The most common question I have heard is “Are the prospects good for IT right now?”. Now I would like to cringe and show the other person my middle finger but being well versed in the arts of social jiu jitsu I hold my firm as I tell them(usually) why would they even ask me that if its their passion.

But I digress. Lets move on to the mudda.

Pros of being a programmer

  • Pretty sweet salary. Can live off comfortably even while working part time.
  • You can ideally find work anywhere in the world if you’re good enough.
  • The world is your digital oyster! Hack around IOT stuff, make a webapp to plan your schedule. Having an in-depth technical knowledge about IT stuff helps a lot nowadays.
  • Much more easier to become a programmer. Tons of (free)resources are available online.

Cons of being a programmer

  • Its unhealthy. Sitting in front of a computer every day for the rest of your life will eventually fuck up your back/arms/eyes etc.
  • The community which is friendly, is too PC. Make of that what you will.
  • Not a lot of good rolemodels in the industry.
  • You will need to invest a lot of time on a semi-regular basis just to catch up with the new stuff being created by the community.

Note: All this won’t apply if you don’t like programming.

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If the code above is enough to send you running for the hills, programming is a bad career choice.

I am no expert on this topic. I am giving my wisdom on whatever experience I have gathered in the last five years. It will be interesting to see my thoughts on this topic about 2-4 years from now.

Lets talk about wordpress

Wordpress is a pain to develop for. The looping mechanism sucks, most template functions output html and there seems to be no consistency in naming functions.

This is where the broken glass theory shines. A lot of design decisions taken in developing PHP early on were complete crap not to mention the inconsisties in naming conventions. This design philosophy somewhat carried over onto wordpress.

Wordpress sucks, PHP sucks.

Now that we have got that out of our way, lets talk about making websites in wordpress.

After working for over six months at True, I have come up with a plan on making better websites with wordpress

  • Don’t use the default archive pages. Use a custom wp_query()
  • Use ACF. Worth every cent.
  • Use BackupBuddy for deployments
  • Make a new html template for every page. Namespace your page specific css with the classname generated by wordpress inside the body tage.
  • For advanced functionalities, use a custom post type. If you want a archive page, just make a new template and run a custom loop instead of relying on the default loop.

Based on these guidelines, I created a custom starter theme based on the _s theme.

If you haven’t tried out browserstack for browser testing, you’re missing out! They have improved by leaps and bounds since I first started using them. The interface is extremely smooth and the emulation devices are pretty snappy too.

Its been a long time since I’ve blogged. I went to New Zealand during New Year’s, visited Wilson’s Prom afterwards and overall had a blast during the summer. I actually feel sad that this will probably be the last heat spell of the summer.

I am not a big fan of cold weather. This could be because I come from a place where the average daytime temperature is 35+

Which is a shame because nine out of twelve months, Melbourne is pretty friggin cold.

Floating at the Mordialloc beach I calculated how many days could I enjoy like this. Two more weekends this summer plus around six on an average every summer. I reckon I’ll live to at least 50 and total comes out to 180.

Fuck, I already miss the summer.