Edu-pumkin II – The Bava
I had to make a hole in the back of Jim’s head to let some of the hot air out. Still needs some work though as the candle keeps going out.
1 You should see what Santa looks like in our house.
Current rampages.us stats . . . 11,772 sites remain of 11,900 created 12,029 users 229 plugins (not all visible to all users) 229 ThemesStrange coincidence. (not all visible to all users) 153 GBs of data You throw a few other elements in there . . . 4 other WordPress installs, a separate server with its own WordPress environment, a Discourse install on Linode . . . you end up with a lot of infrastructure to manage. Things to upgrade, users to support, issues to track down and fix . . . not to mention learning the particularities of different server environments and software packages . . . most of it done on the fly. It’s a lot of pieces and a lot of people. I start to feel like things are complex. I start to understand why people lock stuff down, give users a plugin or two . . . streamline administration. It is sensible. It is hard to keep up and keep track. But I keep thinking about the two billion lines of code that Google deals with and how they do it. Google engineers modify 15 million lines of code across 250,000 files each week. Sure, some code is more locked down than other code but it seems pretty open.Also there are robots involved . . . Clearly […]
This post is specifically about addressing a syllabus submission problem but it’s worth thinking about more broadly. It should be pretty applicable to any structured data entry problem you have. These are often administrative chores (like this one) but could also be about cataloging grave markers or indexing resources or Collecting the syllabi for their department is one of those miserable things department chairs often have to do. They then need to store and reference those syllabi for a few years.I feel like I already wrote this post . . . but since I can’t find it . . . The normal pattern is to ask people to email the syllabus and there is usually some desperate plea for a common naming convention.Start with your last name, then underscore . . . This plea is followed by ~2 people. People are bad at directions (giving and following). Email makes this basic flaw 20 times worse.You can then square the chance of error because everyone hates turning in stuff like this. This particular pattern for misery incarnate is repeated over and over at VCU and across universities everywhere. I recently met with a faculty member who’d at least been asked to submit the syllabus to a shared Google Drive folder but he was having issues because of directions and Google’s interface […]
It wasn’t too long ago I wrote my first WordPress plugin. Essentially, I Googled “wordpress plugin tutorial” and wandered from there. Another helpful piece for me is downloading plugins that do something close to what I want and trying to figure out what they did. Inspired in part by Boone Gorges and his description of how he handled iframe embed issues in multisite, and David asking for some way for students to embed Debate Graph I figured I could write a plugin to allow a shortcode embed for that site. The dead simple example is below.I cut out the plugin comment stuff for clarity but you’ll need it. It allows you to put [debategraph url=”http://debategraph.com/whatevertheurl”] and it returns the needed embed code. I’ll probably set it up with height/width as a user option but I wanted it as pure as possible initially. I’ll also need to tie them in with the main WP editor sooner or later. In writing this and trying to piece together how I figured this out, I also found this shortcode generator which might be very helpful in the future. This was hidingor obviously located at the bottom of the WP Codex page on shortcodes. This is pretty much a barebones template so when we had a little stutter this morning around embedding Google Forms. I […]