Now that the semester is closed up, I am using some evening time to start plotting how I would like this portfolio to look. I am looking at a lot of newer and exciting technologies to accomplish this. I may possibly keep this blog WordPress based. However, with the influence of a newer job and being introduced to a pretty powerful PHP framework, I’m pondering completely rebuilding the main content site using Laravel. The framework is so highly scalable: it can run very small applications as well as being flexible to grow and expanded to fit very large applications. It also gives me more opportunity to work with it including its MVC architecture, Eloquent (Laravel’s Object Relational Mapping tool). It also may help me design it as a hub. For example, if I want to run some Python programming examples, maybe a small Django application on the side or a modified environment to allow some C# examples. Some of this may not be possible, but I’m at the point right now where I’m excited to find out where the programming boundaries are and why they exist. I have spend the nearly the previous four years in books and am now really having my eyes opened up to see that there is far more to learn by tinkering, building new applications, and even breaking an application and figuring out why it broke. I would guess that most developers would agree that it’s both fun and extremely frustrating but I’m up for the challenge. I have also been working much more with Git, Vagrant, and finally training myself on Bootstrap.
So, while I may be updating this portfolio in the meantime, it may take some time to rebuild this site if I am again starting from scratch using newer technologies. Although, I think that it is also important to stay fresh even if it’s not as quick to whip up as it would be if I just used WordPress. I’ll update as any new information is available or needed as this is not a high traffic blog anyway.