This app lets you take Polaroids. It will automatically color and add the frame to your photo. As soon as the photo takes, you have to shake your iPhone to develop it. I love the treatment, but after you take a few pictures, shaking your phone gets old. My other beef? When I take the photo, it’s the iPhone rectangle size. When it resizes, colors, and frames, it changes my aspect ratio to square too. I can guess where it will clip, but it is frustrating that I can’t frame up a shot the exact way I want it.
So far, this is my favorite camera app. It allows you to add filters to your photos on the fly. One downside? It likes to resize your photos to 800 max width or height, due to the phone’s memory. But, for sending them out via TwitPic, it’s perfect!
I’m often asked, “How do you know all this stuff?” Usually, I just chuckle and say “Oh, I just I picked it up.” This time, instead of laughing my geekiness off, I thought I would share. Most of the stuff I know, I taught myself.
I’m a huge fan of Lynda.com. You can subscribe for $25/month, which gets you access to her entire video library. I’ve learned so many tips and trips for using Adobe products that I’ve quickly become the go to person on my team for “How do you do __________?”
My very first job was with a web company. I came in, knowing close to nothing. They were very gracious and patient with me. Within the first couple of weeks, I was handed a basic introduction to HTML book. Read this. –So I don’t remember exactly what the book was… but, I’ve written a basic crash course of my own that should at least give you a starting place.
If you’re looking for more advanced PHP (i.e. Object Oriented programming), I also read a good chunk of Harry Fuecks’ The PHP Anthology. However, I’ll warn you: he’s a large contributor for PEAR. I was disappointed by how much he relied on the PEAR libraries instead of rolling up his sleeves and actually explaining PHP.
I watched the Lynda.com Flash Actionscript 3.0 videos and then use the Flash Quickstart and O’Reilly’s Essential Actionscript 3.0 for reference.
If you’re not familiar with CodeIgniter, it is a PHP framework. A lot of the functionality that would normally take a few hours to set up is already been built in. Recently, I’ve realized that I’m a control freak when it comes to writing code. I love the fact that I don’t have to give up any of this control, but can move ten times faster in the building process.
The hardest part for me, in learning CodeIgniter, was wrapping my mind around the MVC model. Once you get that, it’s pretty straight forward.
One of the reasons that I love CodeIgniter is Ellis Labs has done such a fantastic job in writing documentation. (thank you!) So between reading through their site, forums, and other people’s tutorials, I got up to speed pretty quickly.
Jason Irelan has done a fantastic video screencast on Expression Engine. — Granted Ellis Lab just released EE2.0, but Jason’s already written an ebook for that too! I haven’t read it but, I’ve already bought it.
This one is a little bit harder. As I mentioned in my CMS comparison post, it’s been hard for me to find ACCURATE resources. On their site, Movable Type has a Designer’s guide that is so-so, at best. Even then, I’ve found some of the documentation to be wrong and definitely lacking. The best resource I’ve found has been co-workers that have run into the same issues I have. (helps you alot, I know.)
So, I guess it’s pretty obviously, I LOVE to learn. Once I feel like I have a good grip on a subject, I look for another challenge. Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to write an iPhone app. The syntax is a little different than what I’m used to, coming at it from a PHP background. But, I’m finding that my knowledge of Flash helps more than anything else.
A resource that is often overlooked is Google. I don’t think I could code without it. You don’t think about it, because it is the middle man, but it is an invaluable resource.
I’m a digital pack rat! I love collecting links, images, and little nuggets of information. Today, I thought I’d dive into my Delicious account and share my WordPress collection with you.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post that compared multiple CMSes (Content Management Systems.) WordPress was one of them. I talked about how the community was over saturated. There is so much information out there! I don’t know who to trust. However, I recently found an ebook that Chris Coyier helped write:
Digging into WordPress
It is hands down, the best comprehensive resource that I have found to date on WordPress. His ebook is more than worth it’s weight in gold.
These by the date I found them, with the most recent at the top: