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Using AmCharts with Vue and Webpack

October 25, 2017 | Posted in JavaScript,Web Development

I finally swallowed the Webpack pill, mostly because I wanted to get the most out of single file Vue components for some new projects I’m working on, and Webpack is along for the ride. Overall, it’s been a semi-frustrating but also instructive experience. Before this I never used ESLint or any other type of linting, […]

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Outsmarting Google: Generating Download Links with Google App Script

October 17, 2017 | Posted in Google App Script,Google Drive

For the most part, I love working with Google App Script. The APIs are what you expect them to be. Most of the features are well-documented. Heck, I’ve even tried to build Google Sheets into a small relational database. But after you’ve been around the block for awhile, you realize there is this odd black […]

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Analyzing and Visualizing Networks

October 3, 2017 | Posted in Data Visualization,JavaScript

One of the current projects I’m working on involves building out some analytical tools that sit on top of an application that lets students track attendance at extra curricular events for a living and learning program for the daVinci Center. For most of the visualizations, I used amCharts┬áto build out some nice looking and functional […]

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Debugging WordPress PHP with VS Code and MAMP

September 22, 2017 | Posted in Web Development,WordPress

This is the blog post I wish existed a few weeks ago when I started trying to configure Visual Studio Code to debug PHP and WordPress interactively. Although this setup might not work for everyone depending on your environment, it will save anyone using MAMP already a hell of a lot of time. The Benefits […]

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Automate Deployments with GitHub Webhooks

| Posted in Productivity,Web Development,Workflow

This post is the second post in my new fangled Weekly Workflows section. I took a few requests on Twitter as to what people would like to see here, and Paul Williams, a developer from Texas, expressed some interest in how people use GitHub and workflows around that key technology. As luck would have it, […]

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Open Files and Folders in Sublime Text from Terminal

September 14, 2017 | Posted in Web Development,Workflow

This post is the first in what will hopefully be a weekly tip or trick focused on workflow since I think many of these things can be helpful across the board for a lot of folks. For a long time, I feel like I’ve relied too heavily on brute force to get a lot done. […]

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Software Development is Hard

September 8, 2017 | Posted in Web Development

I’m writing this post at the end of a particularly odd week in terms of things going wrong. And this is the type of post that you write with fingers crossed, praying that you don’t have to come back later and update something because the universe decided you shouldn’t open your big fat mouth. I’ve […]

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Audiographics: Annotating Sound

August 29, 2017 | Posted in Data Visualization,JavaScript

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been working on several prototypes to help facilitate different types of annotations. Most educators are already pretty familiar with the typical textual annotation, but as new media becomes more important, we ought to have tools that facilitate annotation on other types of media as well. What is an audiographic? […]

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Creating a CRUD Web App with Google Sheets

August 12, 2017 | Posted in Google App Script,Google Sheets

Google Sheets tends to be my go to whenever I need to build a really lightweight application that has a limited life span. Usually, these things typically involve a short turnaround or some type of very well-defined set of requirements. After Tom did some work demonstrating the utility of silent Google Forms submissions using JS […]

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Shadow Metrics: Tracking the Gateway

July 27, 2017 | Posted in Business

For those of you who’ve read the blog for any amount of time, you’re likely already aware of my tendency to skew towards data and data-driven solutions to problems. Thus, I tend to talk with people about using data for a lot of different purposes, conversations that have illuminated the ways in which data can […]

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