Category Archives: Technology

Adopting GitFlow As My Branching Model

A couple of months ago I noticed SmartGit, my preferred git management tool, had a  GitFlow button in the toolbar when I updated to the latest version.   Curious I decided to explore and a month later I was using GitFlow as my branching model for most of my Store… Read more »

WordPress As An Application Framework

A summary of my notes from my SyntaxCon 2017 “WordPress As An Application Framework” presentation. Constraints Constraints of working in and around the WordPress application. Built-In Overhead Using any framework adds overhead to your application.  It is the trade-off for rapid development with well-vetted components.   The bigger the framework… Read more »

Selenium IDE Rollups With Arguments

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As I prepare another release of Store Locator Plus with some new features I’ve decided it is time to up my QA-fu with Selenium.   I’ve been using Selenium IDE for a while now and find that , despite being free, it is one of the best user experience testing… Read more »

Better Release Management For Distributed Teams: GitFlow

Despite having a number of git interfaces available including a half-decent one built right into phpStorm (my fav for any PHP development ESPECIALLY WordPress) , my go-to tool after 5 years remains SmartGit.   I find the graphic interface far superior to any other git “helper” out there.   The branch visuals… Read more »

xDebug Remote Debugging With WordPress and phpStorm

I’ve been using phpStorm to do local debugging of my WordPress app on a VVV box for a few years now.   This week I have been running into some challenges with the MySLP SaaS service and while the app works fine on my local setup it is not behaving the… Read more »

Why Your WordPress Plugin Should Have Almost Nothing In The Main Folder

As we continue to roll out our Store Locator Plus SaaS service built on top of WordPress as our application foundation we continually refine our plugin, theme, and API architecture.    One of the issues I noticed while testing performance and stability is how WordPress Core handles plugins.    Though WordPress caches… Read more »

Hacking Snagit PNG Files For Clarity

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While working on some updates to the Store Locator Plus website I ran into a rather annoying issue when it came to the logo for the website.   On the documentation site the logo had excellent clarity on the text beside our Store Locator Plus logo.  When creating the same exact… Read more »

Save Money With RDS / Get Your gSuite Mail Forwarding

Two quick hacks I learned today while doing some general “tech life” maintenance. Amazon Web Services – Saving Money The first “hack” is an easy one that I am now kicking myself in my own ass for not picking upon 6 months ago.    This is a $600 oversight that is… Read more »

Selenium IDE Extensions Hacking

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I use Selenium IDE as a tool for testing the Store Locator Plus WordPress plugin.   It is a great tool for automating browser interactions and sussing out basic problems.  With the launch of the My Store Locator Plus SaaS service we need to build more complex tests for multiple accounts… Read more »