New opportunity in pastures new.

New opportunity in pastures new.

I decided to move on last month from my role as I wasn’t getting on and developing my skill set quite as quickly as I’d hoped for. During my search, I came across a great opportunity via a recruiter, with Manchester City Council as a Delivery Analyst on their Microsoft Web Team. I applied and am happy to say, was successful in getting the job!

The role is still coding and i’m pleased to say, still PHP mostly, but it should also see me up-skill on to some other interesting technologies the council are using to develop, maintain and grow their systems. The local authority has a variety of systems, which assist their core services and some are accessible by both their employees to assist in their day-to-day roles and the general public to gain access to authority services. The council in-house build and maintain some of these systems and my job directly will involve some input to that process. Continue reading

Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

I read a post the other day explaining the process of creating websites from scratch, which concentrated mostly on the initial stages, from the initial client enquiry and request and obvious individual requirements they may have, to actually wire framing and finally to an HTML and CSS mock up in order to get client approval and naturally know you’re on the right track to continue.

The post was explaining mostly during the mock up stage, you may not have the images you’ll be using and suggested easily generating and altering placeholders for the images in the code itself. The ability is courtesy of fakeimg.pl and is very simple. Not only can you create an image, sized to your choosing, you’re also able to dictate the background colour (this must be declared in hexadecimal) and include some text on the image also. I suppose this would be good to describe proposed content and will give you a better idea of how the layout will eventually look. Continue reading

CSS3 selector – ::selection{}

CSS3 selector – ::selection{}

There are some great new features in the up and coming CSS3 spec – which will be released as modules I believe instead of just a standard. Some are less commonly know than others. Whereas some are only partially supported features as this is but that’s ok we’ll take what we can. We’ll need a vendor prefix also in the style and hope later it gets more support from other vendors. We can do some great things with CSS, one feature is the ::selection, selector. This selector enables you to set the colour of the background of some text on your page when someone highlights it with their mouse, say in order to copy and then paste it somewhere (copyrighters beware) Continue reading

My final CIW Certification: The Site Design Specialist…

My final CIW Certification: The Site Design Specialist…

CIW SIte Design SpecialistWell, I finally got around to sitting my final cert last week at Taitec, the Site Design Specialist Certification and thankfully am now at the end of the certification course. Whilst I enjoyed the CIW program and found the material pretty easy to follow, for various reasons, most probably a lot of consistent minor gripes for me I doubt I’d follow that particular route again!. All in all though I enjoyed the bulk of the learning and it was a good grounding into Web Development having known very little to start with but I strongly suspect there are far better and more creditable cert providers out there. As I also intend to keep consistent in the learning and broaden some already aquired skills I might indulge with more later to always keep improving my skillset. For now though I’m happy to just study some new materials I recently bought on some server side stuff c/o O’Reilly. Continue reading