Emojify #WorldEmojiDay Project for My Wife

White Hat Hacker Girl Coder Emoji for #WorldEmojiDay

In honor of #WorldEmojiDay, I used Google’s nifty Made with Code project, called Emojify to create this emoji. I believe it represents my awesome coder wife well. She’s so good at coding (in SQL, SAS, and other high-powered languages) that she could be a hacker if she wanted to be.

Brilliant Wife Super Coder

Of course, having the high moral and ethical values she has, she’d be a white hat hacker – thus the halo. But, a hacker nonetheless – thus the wink and smirk.

Made with Code

If you have any interest in understanding what coding is like, you owe it to yourself to play around with Google’s Made with Code. It makes learning coding very easy and fun. With Emojify, I “…learned how to change the position of an object on a work space by changing its x and y values. Increasing the x value made the object move to the right, and increasing the y value made the object move down.”

Its interface allows you to simply click, drag, and drop the various parts of your “code” together in a visual format. It was such a fun way to learn!

Further Information

If you want to learn more about World Emoji Day, click here. If you want to learn more about Google’s use of the holiday to promote their creation of several new emojis which increase gender diversity awareness of professions represented by them, click here. And, of course, if you want to learn more about my brilliant wife, click here.

My Hardboiled Christmas Present

Cover of Hardboiled Web Design book.

I’m diving back into hardboiled web design in 2016 and my loving wife’s Christmas present to me this year is right up that alley. I’m already really getting into it. I think it’ll help me be a better web designer. I’ll post updates as I read through it.

More details about the book are available here.


Screenshot showing WampServer installed on Bob's computer.

Using Morten Rand-Hendriksen‘s tutorial on Lynda.com,  entitled “Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP“, I got WAMPServer installed on my laptop so I can perform live WordPress development without having to upload my work to my actual web server to see how it looks.

It wasn’t quite as simple as described in the tutorial, mainly – I think – because the tutorial was created based on an older version of WAMPServer, an older version of WordPress, and even an older version of Windows (I’m using Windows 10.). But, using some troubleshooting skills I learned in college (Googling the answer.), I figured out that the problem was caused by WAMPServer defaulting to using Port 80. It turns out that Windows 10’s “World Wide Web Publishing Service” defaults to using Port 80 as well and takes precedence over anything else. The solve was to disable the WWW Publishing Service.

I received a certificate of completion for finishing the course.