Jake Paris

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A top 10 website

There are roughly 3000 colleges in the United States. If you keep that in mind, getting chosen for a top ten slot in a list of “Best College Websites” is pretty excellent. Well, someone pointed out to me today that Bates College‘s site (which is covered in my develop/design fingerprints) is on a number of these […]

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Poor Sinner Dejected with Fear

This is the tune for Poor Sinner, Dejected with Fear written by Katy Bowser and Matthew Perryman Jones  ©2001. Lovely tune, and the fun thing is to try to play the melody line and supporting chords at once. This recording is me by my lonesome self, playing a prelude at church a few weeks back.

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Bye Bye Laptop

Today, on February 9, 2018 at 1pm EST, I say goodbye to my first real developer laptop. A MacBook Pro from 2014. The keyboard is the best I’ve ever used (like typing on hard butter) and I will miss it greatly. Barely ever had an ounce of trouble with this beauty. We’ve been through so […]

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Building an After-Market API for a library catalog

Recently, as a fun way to work on my Vue.js skills, I built an interface for the library catalog of our local libraries. Sadly, the system that the libraries use doesn’t have an API component (meaning a javascript interface like what I built would have no way to digest the data from the catalog). So […]

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Wiring a Paging Element in Vue.js (or, how are they building things these days?)

If you don’t know Vue, read the Vue.js introduction first. The short answer is that it’s a framework to build your page by data/information rather than markup. It allows you to wire data together so that when one thing changes, another part will automatically change. We can use an paging element as an example: In […]

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O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

I took the old familiar melody, but switched out the awkward 3/2 time for a swing feel. That change went a good distance in making the song feel not so antiquated. And as a bonus, the melody feels close enough to the original that an average congregant doesn’t need to “learn” anything, they just pick […]

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Fill form fields based on url query parameters

Based on this code I did earlier, I created this function which fill out form fields based on the query parameter values. There are three optional parameters. Using with no parameters will automatically try to match the parameter names in the url with form field names. Maybe dangerous? fillFieldsFromParams() The first parameter specifies which form […]

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Solving the New Bates College Homepage

I just wrote this article for Bates College on how we created the homepage design. Check it out: Solving the New Bates Homepage

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

This is the traditional melody for this What a Friend We Have in Jesus, but arranged on guitar to sound more up to date. There are two guitars in this example track; one of them is doing the melody line.

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Via Dolorosa

During our 2017 Good Friday service, we played Via Dolorosa as a music-team only song. Sarah Clarke is singing and I’m playing guitar. I had never heard of this song before, but it’s pretty interesting to play.  

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