Adding AJAX to your WordPress Plugins

This weekend I’m giving a talk at WordCamp Victoria about using AJAX in WordPress. The talk uses a couple of code snippets to demonstrate creating a simple plugin that passes some data from the client to the server and then updates the web page using data sent back from the server. Here’s the code for […]

Ubuntu 12.10 Upgrade… OK Something Did Break

A week after I upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 and I’ve found something that’s actually broken.

In 12.10, the node.js package has been moved from /usr/bin/node to /usr/bin/nodejs as it clashed with another package name (called, unsurprisingly, node).

This is actually documented in the release notes (but only for Ubuntu Server… not for Ubuntu […]

WordCamp Victoria 2013

January 12th 2013 is the date for next year’s WordCamp Victoria.

I’m a big fan of WordPress and I’ve benefited greatly from local events such as the Vancouver WordPress group and Vancouver WordCamp. I’m also a big fan of Victoria and, not having had a pint in The Swan (or The Bent Mast for that […]

Ubuntu upgrade – 12.10

Just upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 (aka Quantal Quetzal – although this is the first & last time you’ll hear me refer to it as such) and… well I guess I should be getting used to how painless this process (generally) is. Took exactly an hour from start to finish and left me with […]

WordCamp Vancouver 2012 – What Did I Learn?

Another great event & I learnt lots of great stuff.

Probably the most interesting talk of the day, for me, was Zack Tollman’s talk about cache invalidation schemes. Yeah… hard-core, that’s me 🙂

The talk was, obviously enough, very technical and right up my alley. I already knew there was a caching mechanism built into […]

Adding an Admin User to Your WordPress Database

Ever locked yourself out of your WordPress installation? No, of course not – you always keep a secure copy of your passwords. But I had a situation last week where I needed to perform admin actions on a copy of a client’s site and only had non-administrative access.

I’d recommend strongly against hacking yourself an […]

Using The WordPress Settings API

So I’ve been writing WordPress plugins & widgets for people recently and having to produce administration pages in the dashboard. Using the WP Settings API makes this SO amazingly easy… you barely have to write any code or HTML at all.

Basically it comes down to just this…


Glitch and the LED Sneakers: Epilogue

What now?

Well, it was a one-off… a little bit of fun for the Glitch Launch Party and an excuse for me to explore the Arduino platform. However I just noticed today that the in-game shoes have a couple more tricks up their sleeves (do shoes have sleeves?). When you’re away from the keyboard in […]

Glitch and the LED Sneakers – In Action!

So it’s all put together… but what do they look like? Show us!

OK, OK… your patience is finally rewarded, here’s a video of what they look like in action:


Glitch and the LED Sneakers – Putting It All Together

At this point I’ve got a jumble of wires, crocodile clips and circuit boards spread across half my desk. Nothing too shoe-related going on yet and definitely not portable.

To bring this to life, I needed two basic set of things:

something in which to mount the Lilypad, power board and batteries. My original idea […]