The Central Jersey Diaper Bank is an amazing organization that hands out literally hundreds of thousands of diapers, as well as wipes, formula, and many other items that parents need but cannot afford. Their technology stack needed a major overhaul, from their web presence to their warehouse and donation tracking systems. I helped them get their house in order, and just in time for COVID, which increased their rate of diaper distribution 61%!
It was important to me that all guests at my wedding be able to follow the ceremony. Jewish weddings have many stages, each with deep metaphors and symbolism. I created a pamphlet to give out to my guests, and received so many requests for the original file that I posted it here so that others can benefit from it.
Creating the site involved organizing, standardizing, and editing the manuscript images sent to us, as well as the transcriptions and translations for each image. Each image also had to have its source and call number available to the reader. Finally, the site had to be optimized for search engines – it now is the second result for “Ben Sira” searches, behind only Wikipedia.
Although I’ve made dozens of websites and web applications, this is one that I’m most proud of. I had contacted Michael Ordman, who runs “Good News From Israel“, with the intention of creating a database that to hold each of the positive stories about Israel that he’s collected over the years. It turns out that the database now holds over 8,000 such stories. Most blog sites are easy to mock up with tools like WordPress, but a site with that many posts came with a host of optimization issues. Making sure that the site remained performant and fast to respond required me to do some deep research into database query optimizations and caching.