What it sounds like when you're passionate about web development #Web development#plugins#vendors#wordpress October 25 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel Lately, my Chief Technology Officer/web developer J.M. Dodd has been doing more and more custom WordPress plugin development. I'll ping her with a request ("Can we make it so that we can easily see a list of Offbeat Bride vendor listings that are expiring in a given month?") and she'll spend some time whipping up a custom plugin that does exactly what I need to to. Part of why the two of us work so well together is because we're both so passionate about using web development to solve the problems of doing Empire business. I get a genuine buzz out of identifying a problem ("It's really hard for my sales rep to see which listings are expiring…"), pitching a solution ("J.M. Dodd, what if we had a drop-down menu on WordPress's main Edit Posts page that showed listing expiration by month?"), and then seeing J.M. Dodd work her magic to make it happen. After the magic occurs, there's some serious nerding out and gloating: jmdodd: I did some late night hacking over the weekend and made your filtering dropdown. me: YES!!!! I just emailed Kathleen [ad sales rep] about it. Looks AMAZING. That makes her job soooooooo much easier — and Megan's. jmdodd: Spiffy. Dude, my code is awesome. <- not at all modest on this one. Downtime Postmortem: the nitty-gritty nerd story A few curious technically minded folks have wondered what exactly happened during our epic 30 hour downtime. We learned a lot, and have made some... [more] me: DUDE YOUR CODE IS AWESOME. well, to be fair, I can't see the code, but the functionality is awesome. jmdodd: It does crazy things just to make up for the weaknesses of the existing plugin's code. jmdodd: So you don't have to see things like months without expirations in them. Yeah, my code is FUCKING awesome. me: FUCK YEAH, CODE to quote an offbeat empire staffer's husband who shall remain anonymous: "pulls out penis, does a silly dance" (that's my new favorite phrase for when it's time to celebrate) You know you're in the right business if solving a business problem makes you feel like pulling out your lady-penis and doing a silly dance. FUCK YEAH, CODE. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS I'm the asshole without contact info on my business cards NEXT Is the name of the Offbeat Bride Tribe "problematic and frankly racist"? Toggle comments [ 5 ] this made me laugh out loud at my desk….as a web developer i too get moments of 'fuck yeah, my code is awesome, all other code should bow down to its awesomeness'. it would be really good to see more articles like this but that might just be me 2 agree Reply I'm encouraging JMDodd to write more about her development process — but she'd rather write awesome code than write blog posts, methinks. 0 agree Reply God, I love that feeling. As a computer science major, I do a LOT of coding. Making something out of nothing is an amazing feeling. When I finally make a major breakthrough, it's this great natural high. And I am sooooooo full of myself afterwards. 1 agrees Reply Giggle giggle. Loving the posts on this site, Ariel! 0 agree Reply totally geek-spazzed! 0 agree Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.