Introducing Karten

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What is it, you ask? Karten is a WordPress plugin to plot Instagram photos on a Google Maps map. The plugin will go find all geo-tagged Instagram photos relating to desired user(s), hashtag, date range, start/end date, and/or maximum number of posts and plot them on a Google Map. I came about this idea while…

E-book Addiction

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I recently upgraded from an iPad 2 to a iPad mini 3 Retina and have been on a e-book-buying kick. Despite my initial resistance, everything looks good on a retina screen and I’m amassing quite the library! As I come across interesting books, I am compelled to grab a copy. Sometimes the books will go…

Applikation: A Laravel Test Drive

In response to the Louisville Laravel Meetup’s Interview Scheduling demo app, I created Applikation, the app to manage job applications. It was an excuse to get my hands dirty with Laravel in preparation for their next Meetup event. I managed to set up Homestead, set up migration tables, add seed data, and display a basic list…

Setting up Laravel

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Over the holiday, Mom had been gifted a new Macbook Air and was kind enough to send me home with her old 13″ Macbook Pro. After making the appropriate backups, I decided to reformat the Macbook and to turn it into my development machine. During some downtime over New Years, I started with a fresh copy…

Changing Web Hosts: Bluehost to A Small Orange

In 2002 I purchased shared hosting from GoDaddy for my first professional website, the now-defunct freemanc.com. Up until then I had relied on free services, like AOL’s Personal Publisher 2, Angelfire, Geocities, and my college account. I didn’t have anything to compare GoDaddy’s services against, but I quickly became dissatisfied with them: slow page loads…

Object Oriented JavaScript study group

After getting a good deal of the way through Professional JavaScript for Web Developers over the summer, Denver Code Club has been reading Nicholas Zakas‘ new Principles of Object Oriented JavaScript book for the past few weeks. It’s a great, quick read (6 chapters, 93 pages) so far, though very dense. It’s taking me a…

iPhone Reboot

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I sent my iPhone 5 in the be fixed and they gave me a 16GB reformatted loaner phone. Since my phone has 32GB of storage, I couldn’t restore the loaner with a full iCloud backup. Here are the apps that got me through the week. To me, it’s a statement on how little I need…

Github Contributions: More than meets the eye

I have a few unemployed friends who have been searching for jobs lately and many companies are requesting links to their Github accounts, but I always found the Github “Contributions” chart to be misleading. Here’s a public screenshot of mine, for example: It looks like I have a few days of heavy work but then forget about Github for long…

Nodeschool.io Re-cap

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Today I met up with the Node.js Denver/Boulder group downtown for a Nodeschool.io hack day.  Richard Lucas, who I had met awhile back at a Denver Code Club meetup, organized the event at Code Talent for 32 of us to meet and work our way through the various Nodeschool.io modules, with mentors wandering around to help out if…

Practical Examples of Recursion →

While a member was preparing for a code interview last night, Denver Code Club had a great discussion on recursion, though we were limited to only having a few practical examples of it. Have you used recursion outside of the classroom? Provide a pull request of your example.