All Things Web PHP SQL Web Development

Multiple XAMPP Installations

So I ran into a bit of an issue with installing 2 different versions of XAMPP on my workstation for work. I don’t have a real development environment to work in like I did at my previous job with limited resources. So I figured I would document the issue(s) I ran into with my installation of XAMPP either for future reference or to provide some useful info for someone else that might stumble across the same experience I was having.

All Things Web Web Design Web Development

The ever changing landscape for the web “designer” & “developer”…

Quite a while ago during my job search I was coming across so many different titles that I needed to identify how to describe myself and specialties in order to market my abilities. The landscape for job opportunities has definitely changed in the last 10-15 years and find that the knowledge I have within my field has been siloed into various roles.

My job title at a previous place of work (8 years) was Production Assistant / Web Manager. My daily tasks varied from updating web content-copy and cropping images to a website, design and code html newsletters as well as maintain multiple subscriber lists, running web metrics, create simple web banners, UI designs, search engine optimization work, to social media marketing and some print design work. It was more like an overall maintenance ‘job’. So when I was search of new work, I had become really confused which job titles I was coming across and what I should be looking at. My web skills are focused on HTML, CSS and intermediate JS with a little back-end knowledge in PHP.

Events + Conferences

Design4Drupal Boston Conference

So I attended Design4Drupal conference for the first time this year. I came to learn about this event through a member I see regularly from the BostonPHP users group that I attend monthly. This had to be one of the best design camps I have ever gone to where it was not heavily code centric and design was a core subject matter with some code examples sprinkled in here and there. Plus I did not feel intimidated around others when letting them know I was new to learning Drupal and felt very welcomed. I thought the subject matter in each session was not only informative but transferable in other web development areas outside of Drupal. Here are some of my notes and resources taken from this event from some of the session tracks I went to.