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

HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

Email spam is an everyday nuisance to most people which is usually generated by relentless spambots crawling the internet and source code of your page to gather email addresses on mass. They simply consume addresses on a fairly consistent basis in order to sell them or spam people, or both. Google also indexes email address but that’s all it does, index, so no harm there. Nobody wants spam in their email but of course there is often a need to display your email address on your site or blog to allow people to touch base with you and doing this poses the risk it’ll happen. Often this is the core reason for your spam influx!. There is an answer to avoiding the spambots causing an invasion to your inbox 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