I recently moved my web development workspace from MAMP to LAMP with Docker. The transition was difficult, due to issues with Ruby and RVM on my host machine. Now that it is working, all is well!
When I started tinkering with Docker, my goal was just to see if I could replicate my WordPress development environment. After I did that, I improved it a bit. Now, i’ve suitably compartmentalized each project. Each WordPress project has its own WordPress installation, MySQL server, error logs, plugin and theme directories.
The only thing missing was being able to run unit tests!
The Parsedown Importer plugin allows administrators to import Markdown files into posts and pages. In addition to a helpful interface, the importer provides a series of settings to control how the posts or pages are created.
Ambient Weaver is an ambient sound player for macOS 10.12.2+ and Windows 10. The core mechanics of the player include the ability to create playlists which contain customizable sound tracks. Each track has controls for volume, a starting point, and whether or not the track should repeat. Normal audio players, designed for non-ambient songs, run one track at a time. When those players are used for ambient sounds, there are always momentary breaks in the sound that can break the listener’s concentration. That is the nature of having one playback loop. Ambient Weaver gives each track it’s own loop. This allows for tracks to be overlain in a way that masks the momentary breaks, creating a seamless listening experience.
On Friday, I dropped $49.99 via the App Store to get the MacOS edition of Serif (Europe) Ltd.’s Affinity Designer. Already, I’m very impressed. Previously I had been using an outdated version of Pixelmator. It was outdated for various reasons, but the point is, it ultimately became unusable. That situation was unfortunate, but understandable.
When it was working normally, Pixelmator was leaps and bounds better than any of the other Adobe alternatives—read, “Inkscape and GIMP”. Pixelmator allowed me to do raster and vector graphic work, without having to sell my soul (and wallet) to Adobe. I’m very grateful for that. However, any mildly complex operations such as working with vector shapes, paths, or masks were very unintuitive.
Oh, and the UX in Affinity Designer is infinitely better. Pixelmator suffered from a plethora of disconnected menus that could cover up the workspace. Affinity Designer’s UI follows the lead of Adobe Illustrator in that the viewport is actually inset. That way the UI outlines the viewport and doesn’t cover up whatever you’re working on. From what I gather the menus are customizable (I didn’t have a reason to do that, so I can’t confirm). Best of all, the viewport isn’t limited by the dimensions of the canvas I’m working on! I can actually move around!
Anyway, I thought I’d share my initial experience with the program. I think that it will be a fantastic edition to my design toolbox. If you’re in a similar situation, Affinity Designer is worth a look.
The Basic theme is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a barebones starter theme built on top of the fantastic Underscores theme (_s). With support for Sass and some build tools that I pieced together, modification is reasonably easy.
Now, I’ve got a launch pad project for simple WordPress site development! Actually, we have a launch pad project for simple WordPress development. I’ve hosted the source code and build tools on Github. You can build the project yourself!
When I first started figuring out the key features that I really wanted to include in my portfolio theme, among them were a way to display my work in a simplified format. I needed support for a featured image, a title, and a brief blurb regarding the project. So, I created the ft_project shortcode.