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David Roddick

Brutalist Web Design

When I build websites, I like to keep things as simple as possible. Many things, especially on the web, get over engineered just for the sake of it, which makes my job as a developer that much harder, but I believe it also impacts the user as well.

We’ve all grown accustomed to the way the Web looks and feels. Websites nowadays all have a very slick, polished, smooth and at times, a very animated feeling to them. Things slide and pop and move, but what we forget to ask, is why? Why does it have to be like that?

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On WordPress

I’ve been using WordPress almost since I first started Web Development. It’s almost a right of passage for PHP developers in many ways. It’s one of the most used web apps across the Internet as well as one of the most popular open source PHP platforms you can find.

It’s super easy to install and doesn’t require a great deal of technical knowledge to operate, but one of the most impressive features of WordPress is that with technical knowledge you can mould it into almost anything you can imagine. Not just a blogging platform anymore, WordPress is much closer to a powerful application framework, and if I’m honest, it’s one of my favourite development platforms.

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Programming in the real world

Articles and courses on learning to code are all over the web right now. It seems everyone wants to code, and for good reason, it’s super fun.

So I wanted to write a bit about my experiences with learning to code and what it’s like to code in the real world. This is not so much a “how to” article as it is my own personal opinion.

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Migrating from Shopify to WordPress

Shopify is a well known eCommerce platform, and web searches for data migrations either to or from Shopify are pretty easy to find. What I couldn’t find was an explanation on specifically migrating blog articles from Shopify into WordPress.

I recently had a client who ran a Shopify store that only sold one product, a magazine, while the rest of the store was dedicated to the blog content. The business wanted to expand the content strategy and build the subscriber database, so, while migrating platforms wasn’t my first choice, it made sense in the long run as we have more flexibility and control with WordPress.

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Up And Running With COBOL

In keeping with the current theme of Mainframe programming, I’ve decided to go one step further and learn COBOL as well.

Being a half century old Mainframe programming language, up to date COBOL information isn’t around every digital corner of the Internet, and coupled with me using CentOS (probably), I’ve had to set up my environment manually.

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