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Book Review: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

This must possibly be one of the best books I have ever read. Not only that, but I learnt more about computers and how they work than at any place of education. If you’re into tech and if you’re into innovation, then this book is a must read. Not only does is paint a really good picture of where the idea of computing started, it also displays what is required to truly innovate (hint: it’s not only up to an individual). The guys that you’d expect to be in the book such as...

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Continuous Integration with WordPress

Introduction to Continuous Integration with WordPress – WordCamp Cape Town 2016

At WordCamp Cape Town 2016 I did a quick intro workshop into continuous integration with WordPress, which covered the principles of continuous integration (CI) and a few ways to start with unit testing and integration testing. Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to get through the entire workshop and really wanted to get people trying out the fun stuff. But, as promised, you’ll find the presentation further down the page, which you can go through in your own time. In addition, I think...

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Discomfort: The Best Way to Learn

Discomfort: The Best Way to Learn

Sometimes, you just have to put yourself out there to push yourself to learn great things and standing in front of people may be the best way to learn. On Thursday (7 September) I’ll be doing a workshop at WordCamp Cape Town 2016 on continuous integration. You may ask, what is “continuous integration”? Well, up to a couple of months ago I had only heard this term and never really understand what it was. Over the last few months, I’ve been dabbling in it and trying to...

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Concept for a WordPress Development Workflow with VersionPress

I’ve been looking for a way to optimise the WordPress development workflow we use at Digital Leap and have constantly hit walls when it comes to managing database changes from dev machines to staging, production, and then all the way back (as we make changes to code and content at each stage). When it comes to managing code changes, using version control tools like Git or SVN (actually, don’t use SVN) is quite common and there are robust and reliable. When it comes to database...

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Is Webfluential the Answer to Building a Blogging Business?

I have been blogging for a number of years but I have never really monetised this blog to a point where it has been worthwhile. I have earned a little off Google AdSense but never enough to write home about. Then a number of years ago, a company called Webfluential popped onto the radar. At first, I thought it was just another company offering to pay money for spammy PR style content supplied for you to publish. However, over the years, it has really turned into a tool that is pro influencers...

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