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My latest project: Nerfed Gamer

If you've ever wanted to find a review for a game - any game - all you had to do was toss it's name on Google and you'll find countless reviews of major games, as well as ones developed by independent studios. You'll find information about the story, graphics, gameplay, and all sorts of other […]

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Stupid-Simple Image Optimization with PHP & GD

I finally broke down this weekend and wrote something (somewhat) worth sharing that can be used widely; the Stupid-Simple Image Optimization Script. Most of the code work I do is extending legacy code, or adding minor functionality to WordPress, anymore. Sure, I've written a number of from-scratch bits of web software, including my own CMS […]

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Dev Log: Why I started learning React

I've been pretty sick recently, and this is the first weekend I've felt back to normal. However, in my downtime, while I had the capability to focus, I've been studying React (and Node.js). This is why I started learning React (and why I waited so long to do so). First: React, like any technology on […]

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Medium sucks for your readers. Stop using it.

A controversial post in the web world, but not one that hasn't been said before by others, Medium really does suck for your readers, and you should definitely stop using it. For those of you who don't know, Medium is a blogging platform.. Essentially. It does a little more, but we're talking about it from […]

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Dev Log: UX design for web app 'Where does it hurt'

UX design for web apps is a critical step in building something that you hope will have any measure of success; having a solid plan of how a user will interact with a web app ensures that, once it comes time to write code, you won't be surprised later on and have to refactor everything. […]

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Dev Log: Music to code to

Almost every programmer has music they like to put on when coding. Typically, this follows certain genres, and tend to have a common style or tempo. We all need music to code to. Back in college, I did the crunch work to finish up all my C++ coding projects for finals to every Nine Inch […]

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Dev Log: Building a web app from start to finish

When you work as a web developer, you're always learning. With all the new tech coming out and becoming standard, I knew it was time that I expanded my skill set in a big way. I decided that it was time to learn React & Node.js. My method of learning has always been focused on […]

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A Day In The Life of Will: Living with chronic pain

The Gambling on Life series may be done, but I'm still living with chronic pain. This is an account of my day, and how I managed it. I woke up at about 6 AM this morning. My girlfriend was downstairs doing laundry, and the buzzer on the dryer woke me up. I hurt, but that's […]

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Why you shouldn't use WordPress for your website

While the title may seem click-bait-esque, I really am here to tell you why you shouldn't use WordPress for your website (unless you know what you're doing). I'm going to summarize it into a few main points, so let's dive in. Learning WordPress is hard. WordPress, at it's core, doesn't do much. If you want […]

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A new year, and a brand new website

Those of you who follow my work know I enjoy redesigning my website on a regular basis. Approximately every 6 months I complete a design surrounding a special project, theme, or focus. This year, I am focusing on everything. If you're interested in the technical aspects of this design, it will be further down in […]

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