The website design for the Cybercultures Unit I did as part of my BIT Games Development CourseThe design I created for the Surf Australia websiteThe Sports Warehouse 'Home' page A short 15 second clip showcasing my developing character animation skills within the existing worldspace of the TAFE courtyard project I had lying around. A short video demonstrating possible user interactions with the plugin-implemented site. A screenshot of a later development phase showing the first level of the game with weaponry, health, health pickup, team scoring, ammunition and debug info area A screenshot of the operation of the VM Copying Batch Script I wrote to facilitate my Network Admin Certificate at TAFE. Fetching the requested number of copies of of the requested machines from their home on the local network and doig various housekeeping tasks automatically.Old Ship at an Island (With Treasure!) Animation

Welcome to Sam’s Showcase.

This (constantly) work in progress website is dedicated to my various tech-y projects (plus a similarly themed blog) so that I don’t forget them, and can show them to other people who might be interested.
I first started it in 2013 as a TAFE project for the Web Development Cert 4 I was doing at the time (click here for more info).
That site lasted me a goodly while, but wasn’t updated very often…  It was modular to an extent (using php includes EVERYWHERE) but still wasn’t THAT easy to keep updated.

So during 2015-2016 I decided I wanted to move from ‘Copy-paste an existing page and then edit it with new content, save it as a new page and add the link to it in the nav menu php snippet’ to update it, to a ‘Log in, write the new content, save it and have it all work nicely’ based approach (on an unrelated note at about the same time, I was also convinced to start blogging) for which WordPress was the perfect fit.

The result is what you see before you! While I’m still working out the details in terms of functionality/design features that I miss from the original site, I’m fairly happy with how this one is turning out.

It does have the advantage of being responsive, which I had not bothered with in the original from-scratch site.
It is also easier to maintain/update (though being based on WordPress does have it’s own difficulties).
However, it is more complex than I am used to… To the point where the vast majority of features you could ever want for a website (even of the most basic sort) are implemented through plugins rather than mucking about with the actual site itself (which are inevitably monetised in a vastly irritating manner).

STILL! Onward and upward! March of the future and all that! Don’t you know nobody writes websites by hand anymore!?
No, neither did I… Which is a shame because it is quite relaxing, if inefficient…