Programming

Programming or coding

Toddler Button Masher

My one-year old son loves interacting with technology. Cell phones, remote controls, keyboards, mice. It’s great, and I want to encourage healthy tech literacy. The problem is that he is still learning and most tech out there is built for adults, not children. Even the games that are built for children are impacted by adult […]

A Plugin For Developing WordPress Plugins

There are a number of helper functions that I often find I’m missing when developing WordPress plugins. I’ve decided to put some of those in a WordPress plugin itself. I called this plugin Helpful Strangers because the functions are strangers to the platform, and only helpful functions are included. Because this plugin includes functions that […]

Unity 2D Reverse Sorting Game

Before taking on a big project, it is usually a good idea to try out a small manageable project. This has been my approach to learning Unity, a game development platform. Several months ago, I choose two test projects to port from old 8-bit Atari and Commodore BASIC to Unity and C#. The first is […]

Localhost Site Listing

Every time I set up a local development, I create a simple page that lists the folders in my html folder. I often find it’s particularly handy if I’m working on multiple projects on localhost and autocomplete has become a bit useless. While the project is primarily to save me time setting up new systems, […]

Bash Script To Create Database and User

I find that during development, there are three database commands I typically execute for any project that uses a MySQL database. I typically need to do three things: create a database create a user grant database access to the user I created a simple bash script to run these commands, along with setting a few […]

London Washrooms

If you’re downtown, it can be difficult to know where the closest public washroom is. If you’re out patronizing a business, they may have washroom facilities you can use. But if you’re out on a bicycle or on foot, it can be difficult to know what your options are. Fortunately, the City of London provides […]

Back To BASIC

Like many programmers who learned their craft during the 80s, I started with Microsoft’s BASIC programming language. I grew up with the Atari 800XL, and later moved to the Commodore 128D and 64. Back To BASIC is a project to port BASIC games entered in magazines and books over to modern platforms. Two excellent resources […]

Custom Drupal 7 to WordPress Migration

This website has been migrated from Drupal 7 to WordPress using a custom process. I created a quick-and-dirty WordPress plugin to query specific┬áDrupal 7 nodes and add them as WordPress posts. In most cases, I would recommend building or using two plugins: one for Drupal 7 that queries and exports data using the Drupal’s API, […]