Posts Tagged 'wordpress'

Example mashups – part I

first, make up a "centre" for each income bin

by vingt deux

by vingt deux, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I’ve had a number of questions about how to get some different types of data mashed up, and for some worked examples. Good! We didn’t have as much time as I was hoping to cover that, so I’ll whack it in this blog post so that those of you going down a mashup path have  some better examples. This isn’t a comprehensive overview, since we’ve already had one of those, but simple and detailed worked examples of what to do. I’ll show some of the false starts that I might make in a mashup project, as well as the successes. Continue reading ‘Example mashups – part I’

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.  The 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.’

Welcome to netcultures.

What are we here for?

In this subject, students engage with the diversity of cultures and practices on the Internet, and with the concepts and techniques involved in Internet website development.

Through lectures, tutorials, workshops and production exercises, students explore a range of websites and online communities, and gain core technical skills in website production.

These include production skills for animation, streaming media and publishing for the Internet. Students work individually or in groups to develop a small website.

Got that?

I’m your lecturer for the duration, and my name is Dan MacKinlay. Contact me at netcultures [at] email [dot] possumpalace [dot] org with all your questions.

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