Archive for December 2006

Web Technologies Coursework results in

December 22nd, 2006

Diagrams, Architecture, Security, Implementation, Group Work, Minutes, References, Demonstration,and overall:“A”

Screenies of our bookshop application

Return of the Green Valley!

December 22nd, 2006

Missed most of this, but good to see Ruth, Alex & Fonz back again:

BBC 2, Thursday 21st Dec, 20:00

A Tudor Feast at Christmas Without the use of modern conveniences, a group of historians and archaeologists prepare a Tudor feast as it would have been over 400 years ago. They’ll wear clothes from the period, source food from the land, and use recipes from the era. They’ll be turning the clock back to rediscover a way of life from an age gone by.

[ write-up courtesy of bleb.org ]

Post Index for Wordpress

December 20th, 2006

no.229My first Wordpress Plugin.

I couldn’t find anything that would get me the index of the current displayed post, so this does the job:


Once in The Loop, it counts the current author’s other, older posts to arrive at the index for the current post, ignoring private posts, attachments and the like.

My own implementation is only in text for now, the idea ccoming from the more stylish treatment of the edition number flash on AListApart’s homepage.

…of sunshine

December 20th, 2006

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S.A.D. cure for developers

4 minute warning

December 16th, 2006

My time management skills needs to improve before next semester..


Woking …ham

December 13th, 2006

Writing from Wokingham – redDot Liveserver training. Last day today, so we’ll be heading back sometime in the afternoon. Hopefully we’ll be dropping into Burghclere to see the murals by Stanley Spencer at the memorial chapel.

edit: got to Burghclere, well after dark and if it had been open, it was, by then, shut.

We’ve been spoiled here as the accommodation is adjoined to the excellent pub, so the food and drink has been great and in good supply!

I managed to lock myself out of the en-suite. Managed to get it open again (with a bit of jury-rigging involving a pen-refill) but didn’t figure out how it happened in the first place.

Avebury in December

December 11th, 2006

On the way to Wokingham (3 days of app. training), made a slight detour to Avebury. Phil’s first visit, so after a tour of the henge we headed up the West Kennet Avenue in the wind, rain and diminishing light of late afternoon.

Avebury December 2006

The Winterboune, brimming

Silbury Hill, after dark in December

At the end, we went over the top of Waden hill for one of the best views of Silbury. This is the first time I’ve seen some water in the moat too, and the Winterbourne was pretty swollen so the bottoms of our waterproofs were pretty ‘brown’ by the time we got back to the car.

Had our evening meal at the Red Lion before getting back on the M4 for Wokingham.

sshoo tired…

December 2nd, 2006

nineteen hours straightIt’s just another four days now until this Web Development Technologies group coursework has to be presented, and the source code, report, diagrams and appendices handed in.To the left, on the screen, is what it looks like. To the right, that’s what it feels like!

It’s not looking too bad so far – The Model-View-Controller framework is cutting down development time nicely, and just a few objects referring to books, used books, users, preferences and the like mean it’s doing rather alot but is still decidely lean.

The preference panel is my favourite bit so far, it seems to handle updating the user object, sesison and user Db record very nicely, and neatly updates the global settings with the user’s own.
This is not yet (strictly) live anywhere, but it will be once it’s complete and been presented. In four days time, it’ll never be used again.

The ExpertIn addition to the rest of the group, I have had some personal help with this from the expert.