why learning core JavaScript is still important

JavaScript

The big deal now and the last several years with JavaScript is the modern frameworks. The most popular being Angular JS, React JS and Vue JS . It seems like every posting you see for a front-end web developer position wants you to have hard-core experience with one of these frameworks. (Mostly Angular, but some React and Vue JS is kind of the underdog at this point.) One thing you hardly see anymore is a need for the skill of core JavaScript often referred to as “Vanilla” JS and I think this is a complete shame.

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The death of grunge

the death of grunge

The early 1990’s were an interesting time. The economy was bad. America was at War in Iraq with the gulf war, George H.W. Bush was President, and I was a young adult recently out of college and struggling to find myself.

I was young, unsure of what I wanted in life and my career, and I was confused. I was not unlike many other Gen X’ers during that time period. I struggled, but I pulled through. I wasn’t sure of who I was or what I wanted to accomplish in life (in some ways I still don’t). I knew I wanted to change the world. Instead, the world changed me.

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WordPress REST API 101

WP-REST API

I have recently been exploring the REST API plugin for WordPress and how it works, and why it is such a big deal, as I’ve been hearing for a while that the WP Rest API is “a game changer” in the web development world. Of course, as a web developer, we hear this every month about some new technology, so I was a bit skeptical.

The nuts and bolts

The WordPress REST API is now in Version 2 and was introduced a few years ago. It can be installed and activated as a plugin simply named WP REST API. “REST” is an acronym and stands for “REpresenatational State Transfer”. “API” is also an acronym standing for “Application Program Interface”. There is one more acronym in this equation and that is “JSON” or “JavaScript Object Notation”.

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College Basketball: One and Done – The Pros and Cons

One and Done

I am a big college basketball fan. I live in arguably the best area for college basketball in the country, the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. In this area, we have powerhouses in Men’s college basketball, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. There is also NC. State University, who used to be more of a powerhouse than they are now.

I am a Duke basketball fan, thus I dislike the UNC Tarheels, and I wasn’t overly thrilled that the UNC Men’s basketball team won the championship. Duke and UNC are staunch rivals, and Duke, while having the more talented team didn’t live up to expectations and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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House Bill 2 a year later – now even dumber than ever

North Carolina HB2

It’s been almost a year since the North Carolina general assembly passed the controversial, stupid and discriminatory House Bill 2 (or HB2) also infamously known as the “bathroom bill”.

Since the bill passed in late March 2016, millions of lives of innocent bible thumping North Carolinians have been saved from evil transgender terrorist attacking and harrassing our women and children in bathrooms. Think goodness HB2 was passed by the Republican majority in the house and senate and signed by then governonr Pat McCrory to keep people safe! All is good and merry now in North Carolina thanks to the passing of the overwhelmingly popular bill!

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The dreaded “C” word and the inspiring “C” word

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. ”
-Jim Valvano

Cancer Cancer is often a death sentence. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. Many do survive and defeat cancer, so a diagnosis doesn’t mean a 100% death sentence.

Those who do eventually succumb to the dreaded disease often have to face tremendous adversity, and I have been reading and learning about their stories and the battles they go through for many years.

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Content is King when it comes to SEO

Content is King

When it comes to SEO content is king. Not just any content will do though. You need to have the right content pertinent to your business and marketing efforts and you need to ensure that content is filled with keywords in the right places.

Visits are definitely important for your website, but it is not the most important measurement for success. If you have a million views in a month, but those views don’t result in an increase in business, well then those views haven’t amounted to much. That’s great that search results are resulting in traffic for your website, but you want to convert those visitors to customers/clients.

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WordPress vs. Drupal overview

WordPress Vs. Drupal

WordPress and Drupal are two common open-source Content Management Systems. By open source I mean they are free to download and use, and they are powered by PHP and MySQL on the back-end. These systems are constantly evolving and being improved upon by a community of developers.

WordPress was started way back in the dark ages(2003) by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and has come a long way since it’s early humble beginnings. The latest version of WordPress as of this blog is 4.7 and this what you are reading now is being run on the latest WordPress (or WP).

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Welcome Roy Cooper, a governor for us all!

North Carolina Governor - Roy Cooper

The Good

Roy Cooper was recently elected the governor of North Carolina and he is the best choice to get the state back on track after helping to repeal HB2, bring back businesses and entertainment events that left the state due to HB2 and overall his leadership will make North Carolina great again (MNCGA).

My favorite part about North Carolina is the pro-economy, the diversity of the people of North Carolina and the over-all friendly-ness and progressive nature of the State. We took a hit from the last four years of Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature, but as Roy Cooper himself said, he will make it a priority for businesses, events, and people to “Come Back to Carolina” after the disaster that was Pat McCrory.

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so long 2016, welcome 2017!

Get your website ready for 2017

2016 was not the best year for me. In a lot of ways, 2016 was like taking a step backward as opposed to moving forward.

2016 was also a bad year for my home state of North Carolina. A discriminatory law was passed by the state legislature early in the year called HB2. I felt this bill was wrong and stupid from the beginning. The fallout from this bill made North Carolina a joke to the rest of the nation and also resulted in lost jobs due to companies such as Paypal and Deutsche Bank deciding not to expand. There were also scheduled entertainment and sporting events canceled such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the NBA All-Star Game. If that wasn’t bad enough a damaging Hurricane Matthew blew through in October and caused major flooding in the Eastern part of the State.

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