Welcome to Werstnet.com
Hi, my name is Jeremy Werst, and I'm a web developer working out of Minneapolis, MN. My specialty is in creating beautiful websites that adhere to modern css and html specifications, specifically working with the concrete5 content management system.
This site is where I post about the things that I create, programming tricks I find, and pretty much everything else that I find interesting.
Latest Blog Posts:
Sometimes I write about my bicycles inappropriately.
Fat bikes have been getting more and more popular over the last few years. I never thought that I'd end up getting one, but a few weeks ago, I did.
Over the last few months, I've been thinking a lot about the parts of programming that aren't really in the textbooks. What is it that really separates out the people that are considered 'pro' and those that aren't?
It's not what you would think.
Keep reading to learn some simple skills that can take your career to the next level
A few months ago, I spent some of the money from my first gig to upgrade the RAM on my laptop. It had 8 gigs, but if I wanted to use this as my main development machine, I needed more in order to do what I do. So I doubled it and maxed it out at 16gb. That was the first step in upgrading.
Then a few weeks ago I was picking up a couple things out at Microcenter and decided that I should look at SSD drives to see what they had. There was a deal for a refurbished 480gb for something $230 dollars. Of course, that was with a $30 rebate I didn't get in in time, but whatever. It was still a size and price I could afford, so I went for it. I've wanted one for awhile and just haven't had the time.
Finally got it installed yesterday, along with a copy of Linux Mint 16. Fixed my wireless card at the same time.
All I can say is wow. This is by far the fastest computer I've ever used. The way that computers always look in the movies when the hacker's down to the wire and everything's at lightning speed?
Yeah, it's kind of like that.
Keep reading for the full geeky details.
On my latest project, I'm building an advertisement system. Normally, I create my models, but then test them using the dashboard pages and blocks. On my current project, I used a tools file to test out all of the models before trying to build a GUI. It's made development much smoother so far.
For the most part, the applications that I write (beyond simple blocks) involve list and object models. My Custom Objects Demo is a good example of how this works. It's kind of the basic work flow for doing any kind of 'thing' management in concrete5.
Separating working on the data models from the GUI for editing them is the hard part. Keep reading to learn how everything worked.
My finger is growing back so well that the doctors want to use my photos for 'best case' training materials. I've started what is kind of a dream job with the Planned Parenthood Foundation. I honestly don't remember ANY time in my life where things were this positive.
Keep reading to find out more. I promise, no gore pictures in this post ;)