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

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

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

JavaScript Certification….

JavaScript Certification….

My JavaScript certificationWell, I finally got around to sitting my JavaScript Specialist Certification last month, with Taitec testers in Manchester and here’s the proof!. I’d done quite a bit of work and sweating for the exam (bearing in mind all the way, the strict retest policy my course has within it’s conditions) and thankfully, the work paid off. Otherwise, I’d have been undoubtedly hit with retest fees. I’m now learning Perl programming (One of the 3 P’s, Python, Perl & PHP), which is interesting me. Continue reading