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I finally have some time open for new projects and clients. If anybody needs help with their projects I’m available at least for the next few weeks.
Bad Instructions equals bad Software!
Using CodeKit with RVM on Mac was causing me some pain for quite some time because I wasn’t getting everything out of it. Everything that relied on Ruby just wouldn’t work like HAML, Sass, Bourbon, Compass you get the idea. I just kept getting this error and it was driving me nuts!
env: ruby: No such file or directory
I searched forever for a solution and in the end like so many things that drive you crazy the solution was easier than I originally thought. And there was nothing on the internet that I could find to specifically address this issue with CodeKit
Here’s a short list of what I tried and failed with:
- Reinstalling CodeKit Fresh
- Restarting the app holding down the shift key to wipe it clean
- Dicking with my Ruby paths and switching between using the system Ruby and RVM
- Updating and reinstalling Ruby could have been that it was corrupt
I also read a few articles that might have helped but looked like they would take an entire day of headache to configure and it probably wouldn’t work anyways plus it would have ruined my Ruby setup. What finally worked was opening the app through terminal like so.
And voila everything worked just fine.
I hope this might save someone some time and frustration. Using CodeKit with RVM on Mac.
I’ve been meaning for a while to make this simple little plugin that I like to call Colored Categories which allows you to attach a color to a category in WordPress. Some might ask what you could possibly need this for, but it has practicality in it’s application. Aesthetically it can be used to color coordinate certain categories on your consumer facing site so that certain categories stand out to your audience. Such as differentiating between “World News” & “Local News” you could create such a minute detail in the styling based on the base color for that category. Programmatically you could even pull in a matching color palette based on the base color as well ( possibly an upcoming feature ).
It implements the use of the iris colorpicker which was made by the guys at automattic and implemented as the default picker in WordPress 3.5 if you haven’t used the iris picker yet it’s pretty slick and easy to use anywhere with or without WordPress.
In retrospect though it’s a very simple plugin that does a very specific thing and I hope that it’s useful to some of you out there.
You can check out the repo here or download the plugin from the WordPress repository here.
When you activate the plugin it will create a site option array with randomly generated colors for each category. You can then change and edit each individual category color to your liking. To change the color you simply click on the color input box and the colorpicker will pop up below. You then select the color you would like and click on the input box again and the new color is saved via ajax.
If you have ideas for improvements, bugs, etc, please report them on the git repo and not on WordPress.org