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Invites for the big day

I don’t blog too much personal things here, which I’ll probably start doing more here and less about WordPress in the future, but wanted to take a minute and post up our invites for the wedding.¬†They look amazing! The day is getting closer, we are under 90 days and counting. The day will be here soon enough so for now we just cherish in these days like this.
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Top 3 Ways to Be a Better Software Developer

A couple of days ago, I was asked by a friend if I’d compile a list of ways you could become a better software developer. This is my growing list of tips and tricks I’ve found useful through the years. If you aren’t sure what a code monkey, code ninja, or any of those other names are, then start by using some of these suggestions to improve your skills. Join a Community This for me is crucial! Especially when you are working with teams that
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Getting Started with SASS

Preprocessors seem to be all the talk for front-end web developers and it’s no different with me. In the last two years I’ve played with both LESS and SASS and the past year, have worked almost exclusively with SASS. This post is going to be all about getting started with SASS. You can read a very detailed post about LESS vs SASS over on CSS Tricks if you want to know about both. If you aren’t familiar with SASS, you can get the skinny over
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Hosting Update: Why I’ll stay with Digital Ocean

A few months ago, I posted how I switched to Digital Ocean, as my hosting service provider. I haven’t really came back to it, so today I thought I’d just give a quick update. Site Became Unresponsive It’s been with Digital Ocean since Jan. 16th and can say I’ve had a few issues with them. The first issue was the server this blog is on, became unresponsive and had some issues with MySQL. Luckily, I had backups enabled for the server (Yes, they offer full
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Creating a Local DNS Server for TLD Locally

Lately I’ve been finding the joys in the little things in my work life. I’ve been fortunate enough to be spending the last couple of days working on some internal tools that we’ve been using internally for the last year or so, and I’ve had the opportunity to grow. During this time however, I’ve found that not every developer does things the same way. Since working at TechSmith, I’ve always enjoyed how they did things there. It was a positive way of thinking about the
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How to Increase your Local Development Time with Bash Scripting

Over the years, I’ve written about my development environment. I’ve gone from using the internal LAMP stack that comes with Mac OS X to using MAMP, and now back again. Some of my recent work has forced me back out of MAMP and into the internal LAMP stack of Mac OS X. Of course there’s a ton of tutorials out there to get the LAMP stack running, so I’m not going to cover that here. It’s not important to what I do what to talk
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