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Using the Right Tool for the Job

Posted in: Programming by Steve on October 23, 2010

hammer-screwWith my blinders on, I dove headfirst into learning Rails and trying to fit my existing website into a shiny, new container.  The problem was that it would have taken too long to get everything that I needed for my website done in a reasonable amount of time.  The customer has been requesting new features and to polish up some of the old ones.  If I was to get all of these features accomplished, I was going to need a lot more time to get it done.

So instead of trying to build my own CMS, I am going to use a CMS that already has a multitude of code, layout and experience:

WordPress

GASP! Blasphemy! A true programmer would never use something like that for a new site, written in PHP, and being all PHP-y and scripty.  It doesn’t even have unit testing and you can’t do TDD with it!

Yes, in the past, I would have said such things, but as I’ve learned: if someone’s already done it for you, why spend time trying to do it again. It really meets all of my requirements and I can give the customer a lot of choices when it comes to functionality.  If I need to customize anything, it’s an even better opportunity for me to dig into a language that I don’t know much about.  Wasn’t that the original reason for learning Ruby on Rails?

So why not WordPress?

WordPress Theme Bundle from Envato

Posted in: Programming by Steve on October 13, 2010

Envato’s marketplace, ThemeForest, has been my mainstay for themes is use for applications and for WordPress as well.  I actually purchased my blog theme from them a while ago.

They are offering a great deal for 5 themes, 4 plugins, a book, tutorial and a PSD for only $30.

These themes and plugins can be used with your WordPress installation!

This is available from Themeforest for only 7 days, so hurry!