I use WordPress. I use it a lot. I use it for most of my personal sites, business sites, I hack around with it and contort things to do what I need them to do. I’m not, however, one of those WordPress fanatics. In fact, you will hear me say a lot of nice things about Drupal, for example, even in public and even when talking to WordPress fans. I believe in using the right tool for the right job and in this case you can consider platforms of choice to be no different from any tool. One way I use WordPress is for something that nobody ever gets to really see (unless you visit my office and I happen to show you how I manage and control things): managing my vast number of systems, laptops, devices, and most of all the growing deployment of virtual machines. I used to keep track of network port diagrams via Microsoft Visio but since I am not using Windows as much these days and also don’t want to go back to keeping ASCII notes or document files I decided to put together a more proprietary and automated way to keep track of IP addresses, services provided systems and VM’s, passwords, installation and deployment notes, hardware notes, driver information, etc. And for that I decided to go with WordPress.
I’m pleased to announced that I’ve recently acquired the domain for arealdeveloper.com. Details on its content and my future plans for that domain will be revealed later. Possibly quite a bit later. I’ve always thought it was a great domain name so you have no idea how happy I am that I’ve now got it. Most of you KNOW that I am NOT a “web developer”. I am, however, setting up a large scale SaaS project that happens to be web-based (what a surprise!). I frequently encounter people who say they are web developers and yet have never heard of basic things like XDebug, Profiling with XHProf, SASS, LESS, versioning, virtualization and local development servers, etc. So what happens when “arealdeveloper” enters the world of web development? You start looking for the right tools, buying the right hardware and software, invest some time in learning how to make best use of them, and before you know it you’re doing a presentation at the Easy Bay WordPress Meetup in Oakland, CA about developer tools. You can download the 69 slide presentation here.