Hi, I'm Sally.

I'm web designer and front-end developer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

wpyeg November

I was lucky enough to be invited to do a beginner level presentation at the recent WordPress Edmonton meetup. I talked about my brief (but really fun!) stint as a Happiness Engineer with Automattic – I got through my training and few days of solo work before realizing that I wouldn’t be happy in a job that require very little…

Cross Post: Ain’t No Shame in Quitting.

I wanted to link to this post  that I recently wrote about quitting, for the Edmontonian Media Co. website that Jeff and I share. Having worked in agile for about a year and a half, I’m finally learning that half the value in most projects, web or otherwise, comes from seeing what didn’t work. But! There is also much value in seeing what you…

How to use SimpleWeather.js with WordPress, Pt. 2

As previously mentioned, I had quite the battle implementing SimpleWeather.js into my custom WordPress theme (entirely my own damn fault). I finally got it up and working, though – and I’m going to outline how I did it, and what I needed to debug to get things working as I wanted. This tutorial is a basic rundown, suitable if you’re just…

Passing a php variable to jQuery OR Why I insist on making everything harder than it needs to be, Pt. 1

This took me 2 days to crack, and it should’ve only taken me an hour. This could also be filed under “How to use SimpleWeather.js with WordPress.” Currently, I’m working on a project where I’m using WordPress to show a series of travel products, each with unique content like destination cities, product descriptions, price, and more. The products are presented…

My Summer Reading List

I’m an idea junkie and a pretty high-level book hoarder. My tendency is to go on reading benders, tearing through a half-dozen books in a row and then slow down, going through phases where I grab a book, read a few chapters, get excited about an idea, and then get distracted from finishing the whole thing. This pattern has resulted in me…

Setting up jQuery

Oh, the pain of trying to implement a pre-made script from the internet when you don’t understand how it works! I used to go through this all the time –  I’d find someone’s plugin for a sweet jQuery carousel or lightbox or hover effect, but I didn’t understand enough code to figure out what I was doing wrong, and get it working. I didn’t even…

Books: Things A Little Bird Told Me

I’ve been reading a whole lot lately, and I just finished Biz Stone’s new book “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind.” It’s an interesting read for a number of reasons – hearing about Stone’s ascent to the height of startup rock stardom is genuinely compelling – but I was absolutely bowled over by the heart…