Onward And Upward!

For the past couple of years, we’ve been ‘in the trenches’, learning how to deliver plain vanilla web sites using WordPress.

This month marks our transition from this learning period as we forge ahead with more advanced WordPress features and capabilities.

We’re planning 3 initial projects, all either internal or pro bono, to get the ball rolling.

  1. Food Press: a collection of custom post types and taxonomies designed to support a variety of restaurant and food service sites and web apps
  2. westerntel.ca: The first business site I created myself, a lifetime ago, will be converted to WordPress to support owner maintenance and the lessons learned from Food Press to provide a members-only sub-domain to share technical documentation with industry associates
  3. Harbourside Housing Co-op: The long-neglected (possibly defunct) site of the housing co-op I’ve lived in for the past 20 years. This will require some interesting segregation of content and functionality, providing general information to the public while serving as a central communication and organization hub for the members that already live here.

All in all, we’re anticipating a busy and downright fun second half of 2012. We’ll also be providing a more consistent presence here on our blog as we work our way through these projects. Here’s hoping we’re able to inspire our readers with the work we’ll be doing šŸ™‚

Site updated to WordPress 3.0.3

This won’t mean much to my readers, but the WordPress update is complete and was mostly painless, except that the “Automatic Update” option repeatedly froze. As near as I can tell, that’s a result of the version of PHP my host has supplied me with. Since I was committed to completing the update and it was around 2:00 a.m. at the time, I went ahead and performed the manual update instead.

Which gave me the opportunity to clear (after backing up) the many directories and files thatĀ constituted theĀ Joomla! install that originally drove this site. Too early for a spring clean by a long shot, but feels just as refreshing šŸ˜‰

QR Codes

http://braincrew.net

I’m really keen on this technology as it represents a simple linkage between the off-line and on-line spaces.

Although it’s redundant here, the attached image, when scanned using the free QR Scanner app on my iPhone, allows me to access this site with a single menu tap. Nice.

Ruby On Rails

And that’s this month’s learning curve project šŸ™‚

Following a meeting with a former colleague at his current company regarding my availability as a UI coding contractor, I expect to be working closely with a Ruby On Rails shop. In my experience, the better IĀ understandĀ the back end processes delivering up my HTML/CSS/JavaScript, the betterĀ equippedĀ I am to optimize my code for that environment.

Now that I’ve taken the plunge to start exploring this environment, I’m wondering what took me so long…

WordPress

WordPress

That’s the word of the month for us. It’s a mouthful, of course, but it lets you know what we’ve been up to at braincrew. All things WordPress. Including wrapping it around this site and my personal blog at henrypostulart.com.
I expect we will be downright obsessed with learning everything there is to learn about this tool…

Hello world!

braincrew.net was founded in 2010 by Henry Postulart. Our primary mission is to make the web as accessible as possible for those with cognitive disabilities. In 2008, Henry experienced a heart attack when his coronary artery was suddenly blocked by a blood clot. As a result of this event, his heart stopped beating for about an hour. The long term effects of this incident are still being evaluated, but there has definitely been some brain damage incurred.

It’s Henry’s belief that his experience and circumstances offer a unique opportunity to provide the cognitively-disabled community with a fundamentally better web experience.

As this site evolves, it will serve as a showcase for the methods and technologies that will be required to achieve that goal.