Working on new CMS

by Tyler Burg on March 1, 2015

I've been working on a new CMS to more easily manage this site, but also to expand the accessibility of the photos, blogs, and chase accounts for use in other web applications I have in mind.

Here's an older photo from 2011 in Nebraska.

Tags: tornadoes | nebraska |

Tonights Sky 2.0

by Tyler Burg on February 27, 2015

For those of you that have been following my storm chasing and photography adventures for a long time, you have noticed that over time I have posted less and less content. Focusing on academics, career goals, and spending time with my wife, among other things have led to neglect not only this website, but also photography and storm chasing in general.

Through my job as a GIS Techican for a small environmental consulting firm, I have realized how important it is to be very familiar with programming languages, especially python. With this in mind, I have decided to embark on the difficult journey of becoming a web developer on my own. Over the last few months I have learned a lot of JavaScript, PHP, HTML5 and CSS (not to mention python, about all I do at my job is write python scripts), and I plan to use this knowledge to rebuild Tonight's Sky the right way.

Through my recent revelations of discovering PHP, I regret not attempting to learn it eariler! In the past, the site was entirely made up of static HTML pages and minimal CSS scripts. It was such a pain to edit/change layouts of chase accounts, trip reports, etc. I am excited to simplify potential changes by utilizing MySQL databases and storing all post content in tables that can be queried with PHP to create dynamic webpages.

You have already noticed the layout has changed and I am sure it probably change will again - I don't like designing webpages as much as I like writing the back end code. There is a lot I want to do with this site, far beyond just getting chase accounts, trip reports, and image galleries back online. The changes will come in gradually. I do not really have a time frame for when things will start coming back online, but I hope to have most of it done by mid summer.

Tags: php | mysql | web design |