Check out Material Palette!

i don’t usually do a lot of front-end development, but for the smaller projects I’ve been working, I’ve been using a lot of methods from material design. It keeps colors simple, flat, and visually appealing to the eye. But since my design skills are lacking, I’ve never been able to really determine a good color scheme, but it’s good to have some assistance here.

Check out one of my new favorite color scheme pickers: https://www.materialpalette.com

Zoommy for Mac

Stock images are becoming pretty important on the web. We use them for testing data and to make our website or product just look good. I’m a pretty heavy user of stock photography for things like blogging and testing data with High Quality images. The tough part: keeping up with all the cool sites that have 100s of stock images. And I believe that Zoommy for Mac is the problem solver. Zoommy is a simple and lightweight app that gathers stock images from the popular sites around that web. So check it out, I think it’s a fantastic timesaver. You can filter by color, and search dozens of free sites at once to find the right image.

Get Zoommy for Mac at $4 here!

Testing with JSONPlaceholder

JSON data is all over the web and it’s definitely a good idea to test out how you interact with data. One way you can test the data is with JSONPlaceholder, a free JSON API you can use to easily test POST, PUT, DELETE and GET. This API allows you to get JSON data for posts, albums, todos, and more. One of my favorite features is that you can setup your own fake data with node:

Whether you are creating a new app that requires retrieving and posting data to just playing around with JSON data, this free placeholder API will definitely help out with testing, which is great rather than pining a public API many times for testing purposes. Check it out!

 

Tweeting with t Tweeting with the command-line has never been easier.

I like to tweet. A LOT. And I also spend a bunch of time doing work in the command-line. One, day I decided I would try to use the command line as a twitter client. Well lucky for me, many have been built, all with their own awesome features, but one that stood out to me was t. This command-line twitter client is built in Ruby and makes it quick and easy to DM, tweet, and read tweets straight from the command-line. I thought it would be a cool share.

https://github.com/sferik/t

Also, since I’ve first used it, I have built my own more simple version of t in the command line in Ruby and Python 😀

Quality Stock Photos from Unsplash

I usually write about development topics, but today, I’m writing about something a bit different: stock photos. Specifically, images from a really awesome site called Unsplash.

Using stock photography is something I’ve found more and more useful lately as I look for demo content and pictures to add to my site or just add really cool pictures to my blog posts. A lot of stock image sites used to be super complex with great detail of licensing and where you can use the images. but as time goes on, it’s gotten better and more and more site like Unsplash are popping up, where you can literally use their images with no credits or any restrictions.

So check it out. Try to see if any of the awesome pictures at https://unsplash.com/ could be featured in your next blog post or used as a future featured image!

WordPress function: get_lastpostdate

So I was just searching for a few functions today and stumbled across one that caught my eye. I don’t think I’ve seen this in a plugin or a theme, but I thought it would be cool to share. Today’s awesome WordPress function is: get_lastpostdate. It’s pretty simple and I could see some pretty cool uses with this. So what does it do? It simply returns the time the last post on your site was published, like: 2014-12-01 23:18:12. So how do you use it? Well, let’s take a quick look.

The simple syntax to get the last post date/time with the timezone set to server time (Server’s timezone is the default timezone).

Notice how I mentioned something about timezone/server time? Well, this function has a couple values you can put into the ().

One can be the server time, which is what it will display by default.

And now, it will get the last time a post was published with a time from the timezone of your server.

You can also replace ‘server’ with: ‘blog’ (which is simply the date/time when the last post was posted), and you can have ‘gmt’ to return it in Greenwich Mean Time. So, with a quick echo and a parameter, you can display the last time a post or post type was published.

Hopefully, I’ve shown you something you may think is pretty cool. My plan is to show more and more of these neat little functions and give you ideas and how you can use them.

Read more about it here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_lastpostdate

WordPress Function: wp_oembed_get

wp_oembed_get is a WordPress function I find really neat. If you haven’t seen it yet, let me give you the run down on what it does. It allows you to get a video link (a link supported by oEmbed). You can simply get a link to something like a YouTube video and paste it in like so:

 

This will output the video! The code snippet above can be used a theme. For example, put it into the single.php after the content loop. Your post may take a second to load, but when it loads, you should have a video after the post content. This function can really come in handy in a lot of places. You can program it into a metabox perhaps so you can enter a link from a metabox and the video shows up on the post the mtabox is connected too. The possibilities are plenty. See how you can use this function today!

WordPress codex link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_oembed_get