My first post

Finally got my very first WordPress blog running after having to update to PHP 5.3. Had to reduce the amount of resources allocated to apache httpd, so hope its still enough to provide my 5 fans with quick and easy access! 😛

My idea (and hopes) for this blog is to be a quick, to the point resource of all the problems I faced with regards to Programming and Open Source Software. Also, as the company I work for (Assemble Online) mainly uses WordPress to create websites, I hope to learn something about the way WordPress works, as well as how to write my own plugins.

As I don’t really have a post right now (Always have ideas for posts until I get my blog running, pfft), I thought I’d make a boring post on whats been happening in my life that got me to start this blog.

I started a page called “Android Reviews” while still in University when I was still a Google Student Ambassador. Didn’t really take it seriously, but it turned out to be a huge success, with over 1000 followers. (Really want to get that going again)

I recently started working for Assemble Online as a Junior PHP developer. However, I last used PHP4 with Joomla and Mambo, so I quickly had to learn PHP5 with HTML5 and CSS3. They also use WordPress as a CMS (Yet another tool I don’t know).

Also, as the University required Windows as a Operating System, and I never had enough space for backups, I haven’t used Linux since 2008… So figuring out what distro (Linux Mint), desktop environment (coz gnome useless, and Cinnamon is awesome) and what programs to use and remembering all those commands was a bit of a set back. But its great being the only Linux User between all these “Mac fans boys”, showing them how its done. 😉

I was asked to setup a form of version control for the company, and looked into using GIT (Best SCM EVER!) I watched a few videos on Lynda.com and setup a server for us.

I was also asked to create two plugins for Jigoshop, “a WordPress eCommerce plugin that works”. This gave me some insight into Jigoshop and WordPress, and showed me how useless the Jigoshop support for developers are.

I was also asked to do some research on frameworks and choose one to use. I took a look at CodeIgniter, Zend, Laravel, and Yii. Currently I’m using the Yii Framework, and still have a lot to learn. But would love to take a look at the other 3 when I have time.

So yeah, here I am, a sucker for code and anything IT’ish, and I hope to paste some content that you could find useful one day.

If you read this line it means you ether skipped to the end (loser) or you read the entire article (don’t you have a life?). Ether way, thanks for reading 🙂

Bernhard Breytenbach