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

Arcade Game: Bloodrunner (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Linux and Mac.)

Arcade Game: Bloodrunner (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Linux and Mac.)

Cross platform game: Bloodrunner for Android, IOS, Linux & Windows.

I have recently completed a work related MySQL course with a view to completing another certification. Interestingly, whilst on the course the instructor, Freelance Web Developer Gary Rigg, mentioned aside from the usual and varied web and mobile application work he does on a Freelance basis, he has developed a number of games including Ninja vs Aliens, Pabland and my personal favourite (and I get the impression his), Bloodrunner – an Arcade Game for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Linux and Mac. Surprisingly, it’s not had that many downloads (within 50 – 100), which when you view and play the game is very surprising. Continue reading

New Android game: Retaliate…..

New Android game: Retaliate…..

Retaliate, game for AndroidI got a tweet at the end of the week about Retaliate, an Android game and the maker wondered if I’d like to feature and review it here on my blog. I said I’d happily oblige and ultimately give an unbiased opinion, in addition to the fact I am not a gamer. This post in any case as a result will be short.

It’s a typical shoot-em-up and I kind of like that format and games that follow those simple kinds of idea as I remember them vividly from childhood. The game play overall is quite good, as is the graphics but the obvious downside is, there are ads. I know, blah!. You can alternatively, buy the game in the Play Store and be done with those pesky distractions. Why not help out the developer and spare some change!. Continue reading

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

Wordpress plug-ins
I’ve been using WordPress more and more recently as it’s an ideal platform to speed up development of sites with the additional benefit of it being a well respected CMS and allows the site owner to update content through the interface with no knowledge required of HTML. There’s an abundance of available themes and some great ones which are free with a one click install. Even better and more importantly it’s simple.

Anyway, I’ve always dabbled with WordPress and had an interest in it. There are alternatives in Drupal, Joomla and of course custom builds but WordPress is adequate for most requirements. These days I’m trying to get a better understanding of how the platform works in it’s life cycle as more jobs require some knowledge of it. I often use the available plug-ins with my install but haven’t really dabbled until now with their inner workings. Anyway, having got a fundamental understanding of them recently and realised how useful some plug-ins can be I decided to write a few very simple ones of my own, just to get me started. Continue reading

Getting WordPress post titles asyncronously using Ajax…

Getting WordPress post titles asyncronously using Ajax…

Ajax logoAssuming you already have a pretty good knowledge of JavaScript, this post should just be recap or simple enough to understand.

I know this method can also be done using the YUI framework with slightly less code but I wanted a relatively simple, raw and quick way to populate a div using Ajax to dynamically update my most recent WordPress blog posts on my homepage. I built my site before WordPress got the in thing, so i just skinned a theme and went from there. I’d previously been using a JavaScript jump list which I’d had to manually update after each post and it was tedious work. I’ll show the YUI example also later. For this simple task though, I chose 5 posts (or my page) as being an ample amount to display (later cutting that to the the most recent post) and as I’ve been dabbling with Ajax recently, I thought I’d use that method and a server side PHP module to interact with the Ajax via a GET request, communicating asyncronously on page load. For testing, I kept all the code in just one page just to make matters simple and debugging easy but naturally as I want to use an unobtrusive method and in order to remove clutter, I later removed the JavaScript into an external file of it’s own. Continue reading