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
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
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
Well, 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
It comes as no suprise Apple have finally updated the iPhone software to iOS4.2 as rumoured for their range but what is suprising, is the lack of improvements overall and peoples response to it. It’s been quite negative to say the least and the majority of consumers, from reading blogs and tweets, are feeling short changed and disappointed!. Android on the other hand, appears to be coming on leaps and bounds (even incorporating Flash support early on which I know is an ongoing issue with Apple), so it’s in Apple’s interests you’d think to develop (and keep users happy) at the same speed and maintain an argueable amount of competition for Android in this competitive market. Continue reading