Posts Tagged 'css'

WordPress in miniature.

Torn Posters
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.’

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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’

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>?’

the citizens of the web and their languages

Mary Maguire being interviewed on Radio 4BH in Brisbane, ca. 1936
This week was quite technically oriented. We’ll be returnng to the technical and aesthetic background of what we do here in later weeks, bur first of all: a quick introduction to the skills (and what is almost the same thing, the vocabulary) that will be neccessary for assessment. Continue reading ‘the citizens of the web and their languages’