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  • saif 7:55 am on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: featured image, post thumbnail,   

    WordPress ‘Featured Image’, how to use… 

    WordPress stands for most common and popular CMS now a days. Sometimes we need just a media field for a image to be added in a post. WordPress latest 3+ version has this facility, so you don’t need to use any ‘custom field type’.

    In default theme, this feature enabled by default, but when you are using a custom made theme or a theme of your choice which you downloaded, but not supported ‘featured Image’ section, then what to do.

    Its very simple for wp developer to add that support to your theme. Add below code to your theme’s functions.php file :

    add_theme_support('post-thumbnails');

    Now you will see that section in your admin sidebar when adding/editing any page/post. And also you will find option at your ‘Screen Options’ section as below, so from there you can enable/disable that for future need.

    In right sidebar, ‘Featured Image’ section after adding a image:

    Now, You knew how to add theme support and how to add an image on admin panel. So to show this image on front-end, in any single post/page or in any loop, just add below code to show it between wp post loop:

    <?php the_post_thumbnail();?>

    This will show that image as you added in admin panel with that image ratio. Note that this code will execute when you are using wordpress’s default loop code like <?php if ( have_posts() ) while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?> and <?php endwhile;  ?>

    If you use custom loop code using other function like get_posts() or custom query like $wpdb->get_results(), then it depends on that way and you have to pull data with correspondence format.

    Use, modify and share your thoughts and happy blogging 🙂

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  • saif 7:39 am on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agile, scrum, software development   

    Agile Methodology, an analysis to its title 

    Agile Methodology:

    • an approach to project management
    • it works at iterative, incremental way
    • its also known as ‘inspect-and-adapt’ approach with ‘analysis-paralysis’ way.

    Agile Software Development is a group of software development method including most used popular SCRUM with the tool ScrumWorks Pro.

    The main concept behind it:

    Agile methods break tasks into small increments with minimal planning and do not directly involve long-term planning. Iterations are short time frames (timeboxes) that typically last from one to four weeks. Each iteration involves a cross functional team working in all functions: planning, requirements analysis, design, coding, unit testing, and acceptance testing. At the end of the iteration a working product is demonstrated to stakeholders. This minimizes overall risk and allows the project to adapt to changes quickly. An iteration might not add enough functionality to warrant a market release, but the goal is to have an available release (with minimal bugs) at the end of each iteration.  Multiple iterations might be required to release a product or new features.

    Team size is typically small (5-9 people) to simplify team communication and team collaboration.No matter what development disciplines are required, each agile team will contain a customer representative. This person is appointed by stakeholders to act on their behalf

    And the meeting for these teams, sometimes referred as daily stand-ups or daily scrum meetings, are held in at the same place and same time every day and should last no more than 15 minutes. Standing up usually enforces that rule.”

    There is a common debate between old Waterfall and Agile method. Now the question is why agile and why not waterfall?

    Waterfall method tell us for a sequential workflow. like making requirements, design, coding, testing and so on, that is one by one.
    But the problem here is : at the end of a project, a team might have built the software it was asked to build, but, in the time it took to create, business realities have changed so dramatically that the product is irrelevant. In that scenario, a company has spent time and money to create software that no one wants. Couldn’t it have been possible to ensure the end product would still be relevant before it was actually finished?

    Yes, it can be done by agile way, an iterative, incremental system where a group of teams finish their assigned work by their team meeting, collaborating with client within a short time frame and finally done with a successful software which make sense.

    Well-known agile software development methods include:

    Today, up to this, happy agiling, be right back with SCRUM soon 🙂

     
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