Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

On September 3rd, 2008 milburn wrote…

Starting with Facebook

I signed up to Facebook yesterday. There were several reasons. One of which being that I could develop a Facebook app. I’ve seen many good tutorials on how to build a simple application including this one from NetTuts.
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On September 2nd, 2008 milburn wrote…

Google Chrome

I’ve just had seen the announcement that Google is announcing a new browser called Google Chrome. The second generation of browsers wars seem to be starting. IE8 is due to be released soon. Firefox 3 has just come out and Opera 9.5 is still around.

Out of all those browsers though Google Chrome will probably remove IE from it’s prime position as king of the browsers. Google has the worlds biggest advertising spot and they will surely be prepared to use it. Google can bundle their new browser with all their products. What if Google said that only users of it’s browser get the full benefit of it’s web applications? Read the rest of this entry »

On July 16th, 2008 milburn wrote…

WordPress Plugin Ideas

My first WordPress plugin, the drop caps plugin has been fairly successful so I’m looking to make a new plugin and I need some ideas.

Some of my own ideas include a speedometer which measures the speed performance of your WordPress installation, analyses the speed of other plugins and your themes, checks files are cached properly and suggests ways to speed up WordPress. Read the rest of this entry »

On June 11th, 2008 milburn wrote…

Virtual Host with XAMPP

I like to develop my own PHP scripts and small applications. Up to now I’ve been uploading them to my online server. Of course that is bad practise because a small bug may open up a large security hole. My test scripts are reducing the security of things like my blog. So I’ve decided to use XAMPP to develop my scripts on my home computer before deploying them to the web.

If you’ve not heard of XAMPP it stands for

  • X (meaning cross-platform)
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • Perl

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On June 5th, 2008 milburn wrote…

The Anaglyph Creator

Having detailed how to create a script using the GD image library to create anaglyphs, I decided to create a webpage for those people not lucky enough to have their own web hosting. The page is very simple and it works similarly to the previous script.

Any online tool is vulnerable to abuse but their are a number of precautions I needed to take. Firstly I needed to make the script secure. I don’t want people hacking my site through a little script I wrote just because I couldn’t be bothered to make it secure. On the contrary to what most people think, making file uploads safe isn’t too difficult. Firstly I make sure tat the user has uploaded to files and no upload errors occurred using the following if statement.

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