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Deploying an App to Heroku (with Git) for Beginners

After recently completing a Rails 4 tutorial, I was faced with a frustrating challenge: how the !#$% do I get my new app out in the internet? A former colleague had suggested using Heroku for app hosting while I was in the learning stages. Since the kind of beginner...

Setting up jQuery

Oh, the pain of trying to implement a pre-made script from the internet when you don’t understand how it works! I used to go through this all the time –  I’d find someone’s plugin for a sweet jQuery carousel or lightbox or hover effect, but I...

Beautiful Free Stock Photos

Short and sweet: if you’re looking for beautiful Creative Commons images for your site, check StockSnap. They have nature shots, urban shots and even elusive, non-cheesy “startup team” photos – perfect for portfolios and professional sites....

wpyeg November

I was lucky enough to be invited to do a beginner level presentation at the recent WordPress Edmonton meetup. I talked about my brief (but really fun!) stint as a Happiness Engineer with Automattic – I got through my training and few days of solo work before...

Cross Post: Ain’t No Shame in Quitting.

I wanted to link to this post  that I recently wrote about quitting, for the Edmontonian Media Co. website that Jeff and I share. Having worked in agile for about a year and a half, I’m finally learning that half the value in most projects, web or otherwise,...