Resources for Reading Before 2020

I’m not one for setting specific goals or making resolutions at the end of the year. But when I look back at this blog and how it changed over the course of 2019, it’s evident that I blogged far less than I did in previous years.

There are several factors for this, none of which are bad, just the changing nature of life, work, and all that.

But I was hard, ahem, pressed to set a goal for this blog in the next year it’d be to get back to blogging more frequently but also:

  • with shorter posts,
  • spending time some time linking out to things I’ve read that I found interesting.

So rather than wait until next year, why not start now?

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (For 2019)

Every year, I try to take the time off from Christmas to New Year’s to be with family and friends and this year is no different.

During my time off, I’ve spent a bunch of time with my family, seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (and it was great to share the experience with my kids to see the movie on the big screen!), and already spent some time with my in-laws to celebrate the holiday.

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Quick Tip: Deleting a Git Tag

When working with Git, there are a number of things that I find myself doing often enough that I assume I’m not the only one who has encountered the task.

So I thought I’d start a set of posts related to working with Git that may prove useful for anyone who’s also working with Git and who may be also encounter something similar.

These aren’t long posts. Instead, simple things that you can do that may help you with your work.

The only thing I want to note is that I don’t use a Git GUI. This does not mean they can’t work with a GUI (since you can use them simultaneously), but they are meant to be used on the command-line.

First: Deleting a Git Tag.

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Deactivating WordPress Plugins with SQL

If you inherit a WordPress codebase, regardless of the age of the project, there may be a lot of context that you don’t have as to why certain decisions were made or how things were implemented.

This may include the server, infrastructure used to help power the site or the app, and other contextual information about the environment in which it was running.

This type of information can be server-related information, PHP version, database type, information that’s actually stored in the database especially if you do a database import, and so on.

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Ideally, all of this is handed over but that’s not always the case. Anyway, say you attempt to start it up and then when you attempt to start up the application, not only does it not work but it either shows a white screen or displays a message about technical problems with your installation.

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