Archive for August, 2009

What’s next?

Over the last week I’ve got emails from students telling me the course it going to fast, other ones telling me that the class is going too slow. I have had one student tell me that the course is too commercial, and one tell me that it’s not commercial enough, and a couple of people asking about how far behind the schedule we are with the course program. Accordingly I’m going to dedicate the first portion of the class this week discussing course content with the class. Bring your questions, your suggestions, and your willingness to speak along!

Getting animated

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

A prodding and pulling webpages until they twitch. Continue reading ‘Getting animated’

Assessment #1

scanner

For this first assessment , your task will be to enhance a text using hypertext techniques. That is, to take a bit of plain old english text, and use the techniques we’ve learnt in class thus far to make it more engaging, more informative – or just plain prettier. Annotate it with links, add javascript animations, have extra information appear when you mouseover – or illustrate it with diagrams. You can be as creative or as simple as you want with this one. Continue reading ‘Assessment #1’

friendfeed update

Some quick notes about the friendfeed group.

  1. Right now it’s private, but the moment the course is over and I can abdicate responsibility for keeping it free from spam and cheating, I’ll be opening it up so that you can keep referring to it long after you’ve forgotten your password. Bear that in mind!
  2. You’ll probably find it a lot more useful if you set it up to email or message you when someone posts new content, but fiddling with the “email/IM” options on the group feed. I’m subscribed for updates, and can answer questions about specific links for you there.
    setting IM preferences in friendfeed

DOM or <sub>?

presentation is everything

Decorating your bare HTML pages.

I’m not sure how far we’ll get today; this is a tricky bit of subject matter, and probably the most complex that we will deal with in the course. Don’t be afraid if it doesn’t all make sense straight away; there will be time to kick it all off. Continue reading ‘DOM or <sub>?’

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’

A short prehistory of everything

1969_4-node_map.gif

The diagram above is the first map of the internet. Through three universities/research centres in California to a fourth in Utah. It was scrawled in 1969. The social nature of the network (initially thought of as a way to distribute computational jobs remotely) became evident with the unexpected popularity of email. The first test message was sent in 1971 and by 1973 email made up the majority of network traffic. Continue reading ‘A short prehistory of everything’