Professionalism, Here I Come!


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Despite my effort to focus my blog entries more on what readers would like to see, this post functions more as an update to my progress becoming a web developer. It’s me-time.

A few days ago, I posted on Facebook that I was available to design and set up websites for anyone who would like one. It’s free of charge, if only so I can build a portfolio to post here, on my blog. The idea is to create some killer websites that are completely automated in updates and simple to administer. I would provide the awesome interface on a free (or paid) hosting account for the client, hand them the username and password (read “keys”), and link the website to my homepage. My website, currently this blog,would then link back in the profile section to show potential clients/employers what my skills actually are.

So that’s the plan. Cool, huh?

First, I started researching the ways to automatically update websites. As a starting point, I plan to build websites using Drupal and WordPress, depending on the needs of the client. Upon doing some research, it looks like they can both be managed by SVN. The problem with this is that I haven’t found a free host the supports both SVN and Drupal/Wordpress. So the hunt continues…

I’ll be continuing my research, however I suspect I’ll have to write my own script in PHP to check the current version of the software, then update automatically when a remote location (RSS feed?) is updated. More on this later.

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About David A.

Currently a Psychology major, Computer Security minor, at Ball State University, David primarily studies the user experience (UX) aspect of website development. On the side, David presides over the Ball State Ballroom Dance League, which he helped found in 2009, and continues to dance competitively.

Posted on July 8, 2011, in Computer Science and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hey David,

    Just found your blog as this post links to one of my posts. I guess we have a lot in common, I also do websites in Drupal (maintain my blog on wordpress).

    Do share your php script when you come up with it, would like to give it a try on my websites for automated updates and maintenance. All the Best!

    • I found your blog using a related-posts plugin and, after skimming, liked what I saw. I’d be happy to post the updating script when I have it finished, though the first stages will probably be very focused on getting it to work at all. Later I’d like to turn it into a set of PHP classes (or objects) that can be applied and extended by other developers.

      I haven’t started coding anything yet so this is very much a theoretical discussion, at this point at least. Heck, I don’t even know if I’m going to use PHP as a language, as opposed to Ruby on Rails, Python, etc.

  2. Sure, looking forward to it.

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