Emails that were generated by World Council’s web server were always hand coded and handled in application code, making them hard to maintain. Any time someone wanted to make a change to them, they had to ask me to send them the email for a base line, then they would copy it into a word processor and make the edits and send it back and I’d make the changes. That process was filled with chances for error. To fix all of this, I created an app that condensed all the emails into a single admin where it could be edited and tested. The system has security to grant employees access to groups of emails, but also has version control so if someone messed an email up, it can always be recovered.
In addition, the class I created to load the emails in code does all the complicated css replacing and content swapping that is required to make things look good in outlook. This is a function that I hadn’t had access to in my application code previously and really makes everything much smoother.
After a few years of manually managing all the cron jobs on World Council’s primary web server, I built a web interface for crontab. Now when a user wants to schedule a new cron job, they can go to a web interface and type it in. In addition to just simple access to the crontab, it has a database component, so users can turn on/off any cron job on the fly and not lose it’s scheduling data. The database also allowed for grouping and descriptions on jobs so they could be understood at a glance. Since all the cron tasks live (for the most part) in the same directory, the system scans that directory to see if there are any files there that aren’t scheduled, alerting the users to them. The whole system has become much more straight forward to use and has decreased headaches while giving non-programmers the ability interact with the system.
On top of all the navigational challenges, I had to bring in new plug-in library (fancybox) to handle video files within a photo gallery. When I brought fancybox into the system, I had to create quite a few specialized functions to handle all the cases that this publication was calling for. Trying to make three different systems, programmed so differently, work together is always a fun/challenging project.
The annual Desert Bus for Hope charity drive is going on right now and they had contest to design money for them. I designed these and won! I’m pretty pumped 🙂 http://desertbus.org/blog/2012/11/21/desert-buck-contest/
Calendars and I have a long standing relationship with each other. I’ve programmed my own calendaring system about four times now and each time I get to improve upon it. This latest calendar was built to run a timeline with generalized dates and events. It was pretty exciting to see it take shape. The project specifications required it to work on a touch screen that didn’t have a mouse or keyboard so it needed a simple interface and layers of information that could be interacted with via mouse hover and by click. The project was a huge success.
You can see the results on the World Council of Credit Unions’ website at http://www.woccu.org/events/timeline.
Finally, I got to expand my Credit Card Processing Class to handle actual items and shipping and taxes! It has just been doing donations for non-profits for so long. I created a basic cart class which I serialize into a cookie so people can shop, leave, come back and continue without worries. Then I made a little front end to the cart so people could update quantity and styles of products, apply coupons and check out. Works pretty good. Now if the site owner can figure out the SSL we can make it live. I’ve got so many other things I could use these classes on. As a bonus, I got to drag out my really old (php 4) form validation class I wrote and upgrade the heck out of it. Works so much more cleanly now. The one I normally use is owned by my current employer and uses so many other systems that it just gets a bit confusing at times. This one is really straight forward, but with room to grow for sure.
The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) puts on an international conference every year in a different city around the global. In 2010, WOCCU combined forces with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to put on the largest conference of credit union officials ever. I had the privilege to design the website that would serve as the chief information portal for conference news that would be seen by thousands of people.
The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) created a program called MatchSavings.org to encourage savings among their Mexican credit union members. The program ran for almost three years and was featured in the New York Times, Wisconsin State Journal and Madison’s InBusiness magazine. WOCCU decided to keep the design and programming in-house, giving me a chance to take full control over the look and feel of the branding and layout.