A Labor of Love

So this is it! The coding is done! I can’t tell you how good that feels. Suffice to say, I have enough time on my hands to be able to WRITE, which is what I wanted to do in the first place. I honestly couldn’t have done it with the support of lots people. Take for example this clean code… it validates on all ends — XHTML, WAI and Section 508 (not CSS because of IE’s poor support for transparencies) — which I can only attribute to Antoine Butler’s constant nagging of clean code and the mantra of “less is more.” Thorsten Ott’s also been a huge help in the second version of this site, which got dumped for this version. He wrote an amazing ratings plugin, which I had trouble implementing with this WordPress version, WP 2.3.2, but it’s still worthwhile checking out his work. Probably the most helpful and headache-reducing plugin this site uses was coded by Oliver Seidel, who took the time to make Web forms a breeze to add to any WP site. Better yet, his friend’s recipes on Delicious Days are freakin awesome! Lastly, in the Web realm, Andrayogi’s beautiful theme was endlessly butchered, chopped and redeveloped into Avenue K9. There’ve been countless of friends who’ve supported this year-long project, too, but none can come closer than my *aw-shucks* girlfriend Shannon =) Any Web guy who’s got a girlfriend can relate to this. You spend hours coding on the backend only to show very little on the front-end… like the W3C’s validation. A site can still look good on the front-end, despite having spaghetti code on the back-end. But how many girls really know about this? Exactly! Shannon’s been patient, supportive and just a great pool of unconditional love, which was really the best motivation for the completion of this site. But anyway, not to make this any more cheesy than it may already sound. I hope you like this site and be sure to check out some of the people who’ve helped the wonderful WP community. Enjoy!

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