REST2DDP for Meteor

This past weekend I participated in a global distributed Meteor hackathon. I’m pretty new to developing with Meteor, so I didn’t expect to build anything crazy myself, but it was cool to see the submissions from across the world come in.

As I was browsing YouTube to see what submissions were coming in, I came across a video about REST2DDP from the folks at OK Grow.

This app allows you to enter a REST Endpoint URL and it converts it into a live DDP stream for use in a Meteor app. Pretty cool if you’re familiar with DDP, and extremely useful. I’ve seen a lot of folks in the Meteor community looking for similar solutions, so it’s exciting to see something like this come out of the hackathon.

I’ve been tinkering with connecting Meteor to WordPress via the new WP-API, and this tool might make that a bit easier.

Details of REST2DDP can be found here, and it’s also on GitHub.

It turns out that I wasn’t the only person who thought the app was cool, as it won the hackathon! Congrats to the folks at OK Grow who put it together.

Free GIF screen recordings

I came across a free tool (it has a pro version too) to easily create gif screen recordings.

It’s super easy to use and super handy. In fact, here’s a GIF of how to download¬†it on a MAC. screenshot is a great tool for creating GIF screen recordings

I imagine using this tool quite a bit as I start to blog more regularly. It should come in handy for tutorials, etc.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Blogging Daily

I’ve wanted to blog daily for several years, but I’ve never been able to make it a habit.

My goal, starting today, is to at least spend 30 minutes a day working on blogging for at least 30 days.

Some ideas I have to write about include:

  • Reviewing WordPress plugins
  • Discussing ideas for WordPress projects
  • Giving insight into how I solved something while working on a WordPress project
  • Experiments with Meteorjs
  • Connecting WordPress and Meteor in various ways
  • Bookmarking interesting links for future reference
  • Venting about frustrations at work or in life in general

Ultimately, I’ve learned so much from other people sharing content so freely on the web, and I make my living developing for WordPress, but I hardly spend time actually using WordPress anymore. . .so I think it’s time I start using WordPress again, not just building things for it. And it’s time I stop just consuming other’s knowledge, but start sharing knowledge I’ve acquired.

Here’s to 30-days of blogging for at least 3o minutes. . .that might mean one post a day, maybe more. We’ll see. Hopefully I can make this thing a habit and really start giving back to the community that’s given so much to me.