Diving Headfirst into Programming

As you have probably garnered from exploring my little webdigs, I’m trying my hand at computer programming. For now, it’s mainly designing web pages and learning how to make my page more automated and interactive. On my main page, I’m still trying to figure out how to make the 3 most recent blog posts autopopulate the “blog” section. I figured I would need some knowledge of php and MySQL to do this. I found this book called “Head First PHP & MySQL” published by Oreilly.

This would be the third Head First book I have read so far. I like how they present the content in a fun, “learn as you follow along” way. I enjoy following along with the examples and the feeling of achievement when the examples I follow actually work. And if things don’t go the way they should, I get to look back, compare with the correct code, and see what I did wrong. Somehow, this makes it easier for me to figure out how and why things work.

Anyway, so far, I have a few ideas on how I can make my “blog” section autopopulate. For those who are waaaaay ahead of me in programming skills, go ahead and roll your eyes and call me noob. Just don’t tell me how to do it. I really want to learn to write proper code and do it myself. If all else fails, there’s always the stackoverflow forums and my butt-kicking big brother who speaks several computer languages AND could probably program circles around most of you guys. With these resources in my tool belt, I’m sure I can get this figured out in no time. Until then, wish me luck.

 

PS: I’m doing a little database expirement as part of the exercises in the Head First book. It involves a fictional guy (Owen) looking for his fictional dog (Fang) who apparently got kidnapped by aliens. Play along with me so I can populate my database. click here. If the page is gone, that means I have completed the exercise and have deleted the page from my server. Thanks!!!

Tugging on my Heartstrings

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Two posts in one day! I’m certainly making up for lost time. Now that I have my new website up and running, I can’t wait to fill it up with content. I do have a few pages I haven’t shared yet and even more pictures to scrap. This one is for a sketch challenge over at Scrapbook Circle. It was made right before I started taking notes on which supplies I use on each page. Also, I have some bits and pieces from kits that I don’t have the packaging for so I can’t remember which brands they are. More than likely, it’s either from Studio Calico or from one of Scrapbook Circle’s many gorgeous monthly kits. I subscribe to both of them and enjoy getting my monthly pizza boxes. There is actually a pile of them atop my craft cabinet. I’m still contemplating what to do with them. I don’t want to throw them away just yet since I think I will be able to repurpose them for something wonderful. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

These photos were taken when I last went to visit family in the Philipines, almost 3 years ago to the day. Nothing lightens up the mood during a 12+ hour commute like that grin and the squealing laughter. It almost makes you forget you’re in a tightly packed van with at least 12 other family members (grumbling, pouty tweener included). This little one is now a a rambunctious little toddler, and the tweener will soon be an official teen. Oh how they grow up so fast. I’m very thankful that I have these memories of his adorable face to keep and look back on. Also, it would make for some fun throwback Thursdays in the future.

Stop and Enjoy the View

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Every now and then we get caught up with the everyday stress of life: work, bills, dysfunctional relationships. We often forget to stop and take stock of things. We get so preoccupied with what is happening in our little bubble that we start to think the world is coming to an end.

It helps to look outside ourselves and our little bubble once in a while. We start to see the world in a different perspective. We notice the bigger picture. This was what I realized one morning when, as I was making my way home from yet another grueling night at work, I looked out of the window of our building’s sky bridge and saw this tree. I have walked past this tree many times before and have only been vaguely aware of its existence until that morning. I saw the beautiful blossoms on its branches that reminded me that no matter what happened today, spring will come and life will continue.

Since that morning, I have reminded myself often to pause and look out the window. I encourage you to do the same. The view will surprise you if you stop long enough to see what is outside.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (American Crafts Mayberry Collection, Echo Park Note To Self Collection), Alphas (Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye Now and Then), Embellishments (Chickaniddy Crafts, Studio Calico, Elle’s Studio Cienna Veneers, Simple Stories DIY Journal layers), Inks (Mister Huey Color Mist: Ocean, Ranger Black Archival Ink)

Hello World… Again!!!

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There should be confetti and joyous clapping but alas, I have not mastered that web skill just yet. For now, “kitty says hello” will have to suffice. Phew! What a journey it has been. I put my blog on hiatus for a few months so I could work on my website. It was a rather interesting adventure. Starting out as a total noob to the wonderful world of web design, a few books later, here we are. How do you like my main page? I came pretty close to giving up and taking the slacker’s way out with the slideshow. I could’ve just used a premade slideshow plugin and be done with it but then that would defeat the purpose of this whole endeavor. I wanted to learn how to do it and I wanted to figure out how it worked. I guess you could say that at this very moment, that little slideshow is my crowning achievement. What do you think?

Also, this blog theme is another semi DIY. I wanted it to mesh with the rest of the site so I played around with parent themes, edited stuff here and there, and even accidentally deleted my blog’s database at least twice… that I know of. I had to reinstall wordpress from scratch twice, tweak my stylesheet again and again so I can get it juuuuust so!

Oh, and check out the logo up top!!! Cute? I also love that the header stays in place when you scroll up and down. That way, if you do get lost along the way, finding your way back is super easy.

I’ve just tested the website out on my iphone and so far, it’s still a work in progress. It would be uber lovely to have quite the responsive webpage so I won’t have to lug around a laptop just to view it. Mayhaps, a bit more research…

Anyway, feel free to look around. There’s not much to see at the moment but I do have plenty of goodies in store. There will be crafty stuff, pretty pictures, artwork, and even a library of nursey things that my fellow nurses might find useful.

I will be updating the website and the blog every now and then so don’t be surprised if it happens to look a bit askew every now and then. That’s just me testing things.

Well, I still have quite the to-do list so I better get on my way. See you again soon!!!

PS: feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think of the new “webdigs”.