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An odd mixture of developer notes, project writings, and general observations
October 27, 2011
Now that we have discussed some objectives that websites can have in Be, Be Objective Part 1, it is time to be objective about those objectives. Here, let’s start discussing the adjective form of the word objective and ask a few more questions: Does my website achieve its intended purpose effectively? Do I need to change or improve my website to better fit those purposes? By contrast, do I need to realign my original conception of what I thought the purpose of my website was? So take a step back with me and be objective about websites.
October 21, 2011
I am putting the final touches on a spec for a new website that we are going to get started on shortly (hooray!).  As I read through emails from the early stages of conversation with the client I saw a great question posed as to how on earth websites can cost more to build now than they did during the dot-com bubble.
October 18, 2011
According to the American Heritage Dictionary and the Collins English Dictionary, courtesy of The Free Dictionary, there are several definitions for the word objective. Here are a couple summarized definitions.
September 29, 2011
Our most recent project, a fantastic new website for Care by April out of Ankeny, Iowa, is a website with a lot of character. One reason for that is Care by April is a non-medical home care company that serves Des Moines and its suburbs like Altoona, Ames, and Beaverdale. Care by April specializes in helping folks with all sorts of services including personal care, companionship, transportation, and respite/overnight care. The caregivers will also assist in basic home cleanup. Care by April serves people of all ages who need some help with their own special routine. I would say that the caregivers at Care by April are like super family members who are specially trained in tender loving care. They are pros.
August 8, 2011
After installing Crafty on Debian in the previous post I happily got playing, but had ignored two errors that came back to haunt me.
August 4, 2011
One of our clients is a National Chess Master.  He is pretty good at chess.  The kids he and his staff coach are half decent.  They used to beat me, but they do not beat anymore.  That is because I will not play them anymore.  I am a bit competitive so it is not good for my psyche.
July 13, 2011
Few books are as captivating as these 420 pages of hardcore programming knowledge.  You guys can keep your Harry Potter books, give me 420 pages of code snippets, programmer speak, and Drupal and I am set.  All kidding aside, "Drupal 7 Module Development" is an extremely well written and helpful book for anyone jumping into the brave new world of Drupal 7 module development.  While I probably would not recommend the book to someone new to Drupal, the book does an excellent job of not assuming too much beginning knowledge on the part of the reader.  The book starts out with some good introduction to Drupal and all of the core architecture of this complex content management system.  It would be a bit of a whirlwind tour for someone new to Drupal, but depending on your starting knowledge, it could be everything you need.
June 16, 2011
Whether you are an avid blog reader or have never really known they existed.  They can be one of the best ways to market your product or service.  If your product or service is useful to a specific niche of people, there is a pretty good chance that there are one, two, three or a whole slew of blogs that cater to that niche.  Here are a few tips to explore this new way of marketing.
June 15, 2011
Packing tape and corrugated boxes became some my best friends during my move to McKinney, Texas. And do not forget my beloved permanent marker and my sturdy dolly. Although these objects are designed to move my tangible world, cardboard alone is insufficient for moving my virtual life.
June 9, 2011
Update: Wow!  We already are up to the second page of results with the landing page, and the full-blown site was nowhere to be seen, so we got our results: landing page on an existing website is the winner!  As a result, we have just set the full site to redirect to this site.  Link removed below so Google will not get confused.