- There's an Ubuntu server running as a virtual machine on a Windows 7 box
- Said server runs a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
- We've got Adobe Creative Cloud
- We've got both the FTP and SFTP connections to the server working in Dreamweaver
The goal is to master creating content with Creative Cloud apps and post them to a web server. Adobe makes this very easy.
Dreamweaver now has site templates that give you a sample site which you can edit as you see fit. It's not the same as creating one from scratch, but as I have no design training, they're great for me. I can lean on their proportions and artwork while I play with creating the content that lives inside.
My current idea is to create a home page on the server, only accessible from within the house, that has various sub-sites which do interesting things. Here are some of my ideas:
- Daily scrape the California rainfall totals and plot Percent-of-Normal charts for a couple of California cities
- Blend Google Music and our family photos so we can play music while a slideshow runs
- Blend Pandora and our family photos to do the same thing
I picked out a template that gives me some basic navigation and have created a site on the server using it. I've stored my files on Creative Cloud so I have access to them everywhere and can edit them from any machine on the Internet. There are so many things to do now that as soon as I uploaded the site and had Dreamweaver working with the server, I sat paralyzed momentarily as to what to do next.
- Scrape the rainfall page and create an HTML table with the results for a single day
- Design and create the database table for the daily data
- Create a chron (regularly scheduled) job on the sever to scrape the rainfalls page and insert the data onto the table
How Step 5 will be achieved is still a bit murky, but I'm sure we'll get there somehow.