Posts Tagged 'dapper'

WordPress in miniature.

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Here’s a handy tool for y’all. WordPress. It’s probably one of the most common CMSs (Content Management Systems) in existence. It’s written in PHP and the MySQL dialect of SQL, two languages that I do not intend to cover in this course. ┬áThe beauty of WordPress, as opposed to systems like Ruby on Rails, Joomla or Django, is that you can do a lot of stuff without having to touch the PHP/SQL stuff. I might argue that the beauty of Django or Rails is that it makes the code so simple that you don’t mind messing with it. But that is definitely digressing. You might want to give those frameworks a look if you are going further later on.

The distinction with all these systems, the thing that makes them different from the javascript-based code we’ve been developing so far, is that javascript runs (typically) in the browser, on the computer of the user who visits your page. PHP and SQL though are executed on a the server. This is why UTS pays Dreamhost money for the usage of their machines.

But one step at a time. WordPress is a great way of seeing how all this website stuff works… let’s take it from where we left off last time, installing stuff from the dreamhost control panel. Continue reading ‘WordPress in miniature.’

Mashups, and the web of data

an image from Kirsty Boyles excellent girltron project

an image from Kirsty Boyle's excellent girltron project

What on earth is a mashup? I don’t mean mashup in the media-sampling sense of DJ Earworm or Soda Jerk, but rather in the Web sense:
a mashup is a combination of two separate data sources available on the web, into some service or data set. Like the sampling sort of mashup, web mashups tend to be particularly valuable if their are surprising or subversive – but just plain useful is also good. Continue reading ‘Mashups, and the web of data’



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