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About RJ

Welcome to my web log.  I make it a point to write about my work here and provide insight into the challenges and experiences as I work with new systems, software and people.  I am currently based in Junction City, KS. I design, develop and deploy deliverables that meet my client's needs from my home office on my trusty iMac.  I love working with the Concrete5 Content Management System.  I am a member of the Concrete5.org Peer Review Board and I am a Community Leader.

I use a number of tools to do-what-I-do; as they say.  I have a write up on my current tech stack here.

I am a PROUD Army Wife.  When I am not working on my latest and greatest project, I am kept busy by my two small ones and Lani: The Wonder Dog.  I am an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and love that I am able to use my talents as my sisters and I work to serve our communities.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss a new project.

RJz Tech circa NOW

Sep 19, 2013 by: RJ Lewis
Tech Baby Yeah!

So... I had all of this stuff in my about section and it got pretty long, so I figured why not make a full post about it. :-)

Design

I that so many Mac native and awesome Adobe alternatives are emerging, so I have been using Sketch and Pixelmator to design when I can... yes I fall back to ye old Photoshop and Illustrator, but that use case is starting to be less and less as these programs improve. 

Other Design Resources

This entire redesign would have been fubar without the greatness that is subtlepatterns.com. The primary background is Retina Wood and the panels are Lined Paper.  These days subtle patterns is my go to location for texture and I cannot say enough about it. 

Another excellent resource, without which I would be adrift, is Color Scheme Designer.  This tool is invaluable for coming up with rock solid color harmonies.

Coding

On the coding front, I put down old faithful MacRabbit Espresso a few months ago.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE those wabbity wabbit guys, but it seemed that lately the program was crashing a bit more than in the past and their focus may have been split due to the new and super duper Slicy formerly-known-as Layer Cake - I kind of like the first name better.  
...I digress. Having heard excellent things about Sublime Text, I decided to give it a more serious perusal and fell in love!  It took some work to get certain aspects that I missed from Espresso, such as their award winning css auto complete and grouping.  I did get those things working due primarily to plugins like Emmet and Bracket Highlighter. I've been trading off between Hammer for Mac and Codekit for SASS compilation and live reloads.   NOW I'm cooking with gas on all fronts.

Let's talk Software as a Service: 

I love github, BUT I find that it is not as easy when it comes to deployment, so I use Springloops for remote version control on client projects.  I like github and codepen for personal edification and experimentation.

Project management?  

I vote Trello, a free app that's so good I pay for it!

Karen and I also use a great service called Flowdock to chat back and forth.  This service has a group inbox feature and supports hashtags and file storage.  It is bar-none the best searchable, indexed communication that I have ever encountered.

...hmm I think I might need to add a comment section, because I would love to poll what others are using - 

Definitely something to think about for version 2.0, or just the next time I get some free time.

About RJ

Welcome to my web log.  I make it a point to write about my work here and provide insight into the challenges and experiences as I work with new systems, software and people.  I am currently based in Junction City, KS. I design, develop and deploy deliverables that meet my client's needs from my home office on my trusty iMac.  I love working with the Concrete5 Content Management System.  I am a member of the Concrete5.org Peer Review Board and I am a Community Leader.

I use a number of tools to do-what-I-do; as they say.  I have a write up on my current tech stack here.

I am a PROUD Army Wife.  When I am not working on my latest and greatest project, I am kept busy by my two small ones and Lani: The Wonder Dog.  I am an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and love that I am able to use my talents as my sisters and I work to serve our communities.