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Microsoft Virtual Academy & Visual Basic Fundamentals

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I have been taking this free course from Microsoft Virtual Academy on Visual Basic Fundamentals. The best part? It’s free! The next best part? The quality is awesome. There are no shortcuts or sloppy explanations.   Visual Basic Fundamentals The course gives an overview of Visual Studio 2015, and makes it quite easy to understand for people who have never written a single line of code in their life (that’s me). There are some parts where the lecturer Bob Tabor goes over very quickly, but a little bit of extra effort to re-watch the video or do some research on Google […]

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Can You Write A Program? The Need for Visual Basic in the Office

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Can you write a program? Is a question I get from my colleagues quite often. I guess if they are asking this, there could be two possibilities: there is a need for someone who can write a program, or I look like someone who can. There are so many blog posts out there about how a little bit of programming can lead to a major productivity boost. Use Python! Or JavaScript! Put it here, put it there, and you will shave hours off your work! It really sounds fantastic. Sure, a few simple lines of code may do a lot […]

Imagine What You Can Do In a Year: My Front End Web Development Journey

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A couple of days ago I read a blog post from Treehouse titled “Imagine What You Can Do In a Year” about a Treehouse student Ms. Ashley Harpp. It was a motivating read and an apt reminder that we can accomplish a lot by doing a little every day. My biggest problem is always trying to get to the end point quickly, then losing momentum either through loss of interest, or giving up after hitting an obstacle. Or getting overwhelmed with other life events, and then not picking up that initial goal again after the busy period is over. Or getting distracted […]

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Front End Web Development with Team Treehouse

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Yesterday I subscribed to Team Treehouse (again) for their course on Front End Web Development. It is a basic subscription at about $25 USD a month. Had tried the Python course before, but it was a little too dry for me. After all, I have no programming experience, and I needed to visualize what I can do with the stuff that I’m learning. So my interest in Python sort of waned after going through a few exercises. Anyway, web development is different. At least, after putting in some HTML, I can see something appearing before my eyes, which is interesting. […]

WordPress for a Lazybum, Part 3

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Disclaimer: NONE of the links here are affiliate links. They are just, y’ know, plain links. I’m writing based on my experiences setting up this site, and not promoting or putting down anyone’s services. Previously I fleshed out the structure of my site, did a video background for my landing page and set a static front page. That took me a whole week to figure out. Now I’m moving on to actually putting in content and styling my pages. I’m sure that would be more fun to do. As mentioned previously, my page composer of choice is Visual Composer by […]

WordPress for a Lazybum, Part 2

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Disclaimer: NONE of the links here are affiliate links. They are just, y’ know, plain links. I’m writing based on my experiences setting up this site, and not promoting or putting down anyone’s services. Continuing from where I have left off in Part 1…where I have installed Sydney theme and found out that it is bundled with SiteOrigin… There are many awesome things that one can do with the SiteOrigin page builder bundled with the Sydney theme, and NYC Tech Club even did a full-length video on how to set up a business website using Sydney theme and SiteOrigin from […]

WordPress for a Lazybum, Part 1

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Disclaimer: NONE of the links here are affiliate links. They are just, y’ know, plain links. I’m writing based on my experiences setting up this site, and not promoting or putting down anyone’s services. Let’s just say setting up a WordPress site for a complete noob and a lazybum isn’t easy. A couple of weeks ago I had the idea of creating a website for my favourite actress Brigitte Lin. After all, I had amassed a whole bunch of pictures and information about her, why not share it? So I did a bit of research on how to set up a […]