HTML5/JavaScript Radial Counter Library

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JavaScript
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HTML5
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Awesomeness

When I started designing my new portfolio theme, I wanted the ability to present my technical skills in a more interesting way. That led me to the idea of counters. I needed the counters to display the amount of time that i’ve worked with a specific language/framework. The one gotcha was, I would have to keep the counters up to date. Thus, I arrived at a design for the counters, which required options for…

  • custom styles
  • custom text
  • self-managed durations

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Useful Sublime Text 3 Snippets

An example of the auto-completion dropdown in Sublime Text 3.
Sublime Text (3) Snippets!

I have been using the Sublime Text for a while now—it’s already up to version 3!—and have grown very fond of it. One of the many features that I have found extremely useful is the snippet system. Snippets allow you to store blocks of code that can be accessed with a keyword via the auto-completion pop-up when typing. I have a few snippets below that I tend to use over and over again. Perhaps you’ll find a use for them as well.

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Necessary Tools

The Necessary Tools plugin logo.

The Necessary Tools plugin is a WordPress plugin that builds on the default functionality of WordPress. Its purpose is to provide quality-of-life features to all users. Features include post cloning, and exporting posts individually or in bulk. Of course, custom post types are supported by both features.

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Word Search Solver

A screenshot of the word search solver on a desktop.

This JavaScript based word search solver matches the first occurrence of each word on a word grid. It searches horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and of course backwards! The solver is intelligent, so it doesn’t waste time starting searches on characters that couldn’t possibly contain words on the word list. Another time-saving measure that the solver takes is that it will remove (internally) any words it successfully matches from the word list. The result being that the program speeds up as it successfully matches words.

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GET Theme

The Graphene Electro-Thermals logo.

The “GET” WordPress theme was developed for the Graphene Electro Thermals (GET) organization. The theme sports a simplistic layout, using a color scheme that is unique to the style of GET. It includes a static front-page, as well as a “Blog” page template that allows for the creation of an infinite number of blog pages. The front-page features a full-width image slider with a social media bar as well customizable labels for each of the slides.

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Game On

The Mac Lab's logo.

[Edit]: As of September 9th, 2017, I am no longer working on Game On. I’ve learned quite a lot while working on the it, but the time had come to move on. I have left the plugin in the hands of it’s new maintainer(s). I am hopeful that they will gain as much from it as I did.

Game On is a gameful education WordPress plugin. It provides a suite of tools for teachers to take advantage of. Game On is the brain child of Mike Skocko, a New Media Arts Teacher and Adobe Education Leader at the Valhalla High Mac Lab. The plugin was originally developed for internal use in the Mac Lab. However, in 2012 the plugin was released for other teachers to use. In 2015, the user base reached 80+ educators. Over the 2+ years that i’ve been working on it, Game On has come a long way and still has much further to go. Regardless, Game On and the Mac Lab still have the same mission, to innovate education by breaking the box.

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So, you want to be a programmer?

Hello there! This article is targeted toward individuals that have an interest in programming, but are still on the fence. I hope to clear that up by answering some common questions/concerns that i’ve heard. I’ve paraphrased those questions of course. Enjoy!

“Where should I start?”

If you’re unsure where to start, the first thing you should do is pick a language. A language that I frequently recommend is JavaScript as it is a lenient language. The next step is to find a tutorial for the language and follow it to completion. That means physically typing out every line of code verbatim; it is impossible to learn a language without writing it. I recommend TheNewBoston’s JavaScript tutorial, as it is easy to follow and only requires a basic understanding of HTML (the structure of websites). Other excellent tutorials can be found on lynda.com, however a subscription is required after a short free trial period. If neither of those suit your fancy you can always use the mystical Google!

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