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WordCamp Chicago 2011

I'll be speaking at the "WordCamp Chicago 2011" conference on July 30th and 31st, really looking forward to this great opportunity, it will be a blast.  Below is the summery of what I will be covering during the session:

“Beyond the Theme” is a talk aimed at professional WordPress theme and plugin developers which reviews different ways to enhance the user’s…

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10 Steps to Setting-Up Your PC as a Development Server for Wordpress

This is your step-by-step guide to setting up a Wordpress web development environment on a PC using XAMPP, Wordpress 3.x, and Subversion.

XAMPP installs PHP, MySQL, and Apache on your PC turning it into a local web server for development purposes.  Once installed you can begin creating custom Wordpress themes and plugins in your own local development environment.

After downloading and installing…

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Using Custom Post Types in Wordpress 3.0

So what is all of the buzz about custom post types in Wordpress 2.9 and 3.0? What can we do with a "post_type" and why does it matter? For some of us developers out there who have known the secret that Wordpress is actually much more than just a blogging platform this in no big news. To the rest of the…

About Me

Short Bio
I am a very busy father of 6 amazing kids, working full-time as the Director of Mobile and Web Development for a large non-profit organization.

Background
I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to missionary parents and lived there until the age of 17. I have dual citizenship and speak fluent Portuguese. I now live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Career
I am a…

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Everything a Web Developer Needs to Get Started

Ever consider Web Development as a career? The following list of free resources will help you get up-and-running as a Web Developer.

PHP - Currently the most popular and widely used web development platform in the world.  After starting my software/web development career several years ago in the world of Microsoft, it was a relief to see that there was a…

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5 Customers Every Web Developer Should Avoid

Over the years there have been recurring themes when it comes to potential customers trying to get something for nothing.  Here are five of the most common "Red Flag" customers that I have learned to watch out for.

1. "Win-Win" Partnerships
What this individual really means is, "I'm a cheapskate, so you do all the work up front for free and…

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How To Create Barcodes in PHP

A few years ago I needed a way to generate barcodes on-the-fly using PHP, at the time there were several solutions available at a steep cost, so I wrote this script that generates barcodes in four barcode formats including Code 128, Code 39, Code 2of5, and Codabar. With a little over 100 lines of code you have the options of…