WordPress Theme Styling

After installing WordPress, you might notice that you can only go so far in modifying the theme using the WP user interface. The most granular control is found in the Editor (Dashboard > Appearance >Editor), where you can modify the CSS, PHP, and HTML directly. I find this a little cumbersome and rather enjoy using Microsoft Visual Studio with all its features, like Intellisense, element formatting, and syntax coloring which all help me write code. Continue reading “WordPress Theme Styling”

Hello WordPress

So this is my first foray into WordPress, heretofore called WP. I previously looked into WP and thought it was a little daunting due to the default installation creating over 100 folders and almost 1500 files. Also, WP uses MySQL as a data source and I am a MS SQL person. But the main deal breaker, in my mind is the use of ┬áthe PHP scripting language, which I know almost nothing about. That being said, I finally installed it anyway for the singular reason that I have this desire┬áto write without all the formatting issues interrupting my train of thought. Continue reading “Hello WordPress”

Seeds Family Worship

My youngest daughter was about 6 or 7 when we bought our first Seeds CD. It was Seeds of Faith. We both loved that album and it got played a lot, mostly in the car. We bought other Seeds music, but Seeds of Faith still holds a place in our hearts and that was over 10 years ago. Those songs are just so memorable and delightful. My daughter can still remember the scripture from most of the songs on that album. Continue reading “Seeds Family Worship”

Downloading Microsoft Database Examples

For many years Microsoft has provided example databases with its database products, SQL Server and MS Access. I have outlined where and how to download and install five of them to work in your Visual Studio projects. These example databases are useful for training and testing. In this article I include a little history and some practical information on using them. Continue reading “Downloading Microsoft Database Examples”

Database Fundamentals

This is a list of keywords, their meanings, and related resources for a course offered by Microsoft Virtual Academy on the fundamentals of databases. It includes over 4 hours of video instruction by MS certified trainers. It’s a great intro into database terminology, creation, manipulation and management. Continue reading “Database Fundamentals”