My iPad Pro Setup

Using the iPad Pro as my Travel Laptop

Since going out on my own full time, my tech stack has been a bit of a revolving door. In the quest to find the perfect set up I went from a MacBook Pro to a PC / smaller MacBook for travel. Less than a year later and I’m not too happy with that setup. Nothing against the PC, but living in two-thirds Apple land makes having parity between machines very hard (plus, Camtasia, my main video editor, is a hot mess). So when Apple announced the new iPad Pros, I made a decision to go with that and only that as my travel machine.

Coding as my Side Hustle

Coding Projects as my Side Hustle

I did some thinking over the weekend, after I wrote the post about my learning plan. I looked at my project pipeline. I looked at what people were hiring me to do, and I reviewed the next few personal projects I’m working on. You know what I saw? No coding projects. Honestly, I shouldn’t. That’s no longer my core business. I turn down freelance jobs 90% of the time. But I still want to write code. I will have to for some of the online courses I’m taking. Luckily, there’s the whole idea of a “side hustle,” and since I made my side hustle my main gig last year, my side hustle has an opening.

The NEPA Hackathon is Back for 2015

Mark your Calendars! I’m happy to announce The NEPA Hackathon is back for 2015 and it will be better than last year. We are still in the early planning stages, but we have a new location, more folks involved, and maybe even a few prizes! Keep at eye out here or on the Twitter account, @nepahackathon for more information.

Date/Time: May 9th, 2015 from 10am – 3pm

Location: Coalwork, 544 Spruce St. Scranton, PA

If you’re interested in getting involved (attending, volunteering, sponsoring), get in touch here.

Using Hackathons to Learn

On Wednesday, June 18th, I will begin hosting weekly coding sessions (or short hackathons) in Downtown Scranton. You can read more about them here. There have been a lot questions on what to expect, what people should be doing, and how the sessions will be structured. It’s important to remember that these sessions will really be a way for programmers, designers, and other folks to get together and work on things they want to work on. However, that doesn’t mean that attendees can’t take the time to learn.

Photo by Charlene Hubenthal

WordCamps, Summits, and Coding, Oh My!

I’m hitting the final stretch of my speaking tour, with just 3 (maybe 4?)  WordPress events left for the summer before taking July off. I’m also giving a  TEDx talk in Scranton in August, but more information to come on that later. I won’t be off the grid though, as I have lots of great stuff planned in the Downtown Scranton area! More details and my speaking schedule after the jump.

Excerpt from Building WordPress Themes from Scratch

Building WordPress Themes from ScratchRecently my first book, Building WordPress Themes from Scratch, made its way back onto the market. In this book, I teach you how to use WordPress as well as how to leverage the API to create your own custom themes, plugins, and content types. Here is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy!