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SOLD and All Change!

So I left my job at Vanguard SEO as the start of this year for two reasons, one got a better job offer, and two the company went bankrupt. Not very lolworthy.


Anywho, I have been contracting for NewMedias, as a PHP Developer, since September Freelance style, and more 9-5 contracting during January and then NewMedias overlord Apeei, sold the company for mere bananas to CodingFutures, and then they offered me a job, so there I am now as a PHP Developer! And now we are nearly at the end of week two of my new job.


This week we had some nice photos done heres me and the rest of the team!

So these days I find myself working on YourMembers a WordPress plugin for Subscription and post control among other things. As well as the plugins for it. I built from the ground up YSS – Your Secure Stream, which can create links with expiry for Amazon S3 Hosted content, so people who use WordPres can provide Audio and Video, whilst protecting that content too! It plugs in to FlowPlayer and Longtails JWPlayer, some of the more commonly used players.

This week I’ve been working on the Mail/AutoResponder Plugin. Its been going well and should hopefully be finished soon 😀

Thru my work I’ve been getting to know WordPress more and the most useful link I’ve found today, is how to integrate TinyMCE, the Visual/HTML editor for WordPress, into your own Plugins. I’ve expanded on some of the code from the second link for the Visual/HTML editor switch, in order to handle multiple instances of TinyMCE on a page, as well as the core code. Mainly since the page I am using TinyMCE on, is generated thru a Form Generation Class I didn’t write and should at some point redo, its a nice class but has some interesting caveats and limitations. Let along the fact I havn’t managed to get WordPress using my usual jQuery DateTime Picker I like, since WordPress uses a old version of jQuery and jQuery UI, and if you load latest, its gonna break someone else’s plugin, installed on a client site, and to top it all WordPress loads the jQueryUI CSS for the latest version for Google CDN.

On a side note using Google CDN’s jQuery is very good and better, check this link for reasoning, and this one for implementation (in general not just WordPress).

I think the key point for using Google Code hosted jQuery, is that pages will load quicker, since more domains mean more open HTTP connections, as browsers limit the connections open to a single domain at once. About 6 according to the reasoning link, so more domains means more open HTTP connections which means pages can load more quickly. Let alone the fact that if everyone loads from Google Code, then its cached on the users machine, which means from site a to site b, on site b, user doesn’t have to load jQuery as its already in the Cache. Thus making page loads quicker!

Still need to find a link explaining how to use the WordPress collapse a box, that all the WP-Admin grey bars and boxes do. I have built my own function in jQuery to do it, but it doesn’t (yet) have the cookie elements that WordPress’es own has to remember which are open/closed when the page reloads. Since seem there is no easy documented way on how to use the in built functionality.

Either that or I’ve missed it.

Also lately been working with the MailChimp API, had to laugh at the URL: http://apidocs.mailchimp.com/rtfm/.

On that bomb shell, catch you later, I’ve felt like I’ve rambled on a lot when this post was looking quite short…. Must blog more. Keep an eye on my Tumblr for more real time snippets of stuff, I’m assuming you already follow me on Twitter…..

Summer

So that middle part of Summer has been a bit sucky. So we shall skip all that, don’t really want to go into it….

Now things are better!

I lost my mac for a week and a half, hard drive failed, followed by back for two hours, followed by hard drive fail.
In the end Clockwork (Leeds Apple Care), replaced the drive and the drive’s cable, and shes all good now!

I’m off to Moor Fest next week, I’m doing the lighting for the Green Room, with Chamsys and whatever fixtures I get given, learnt some useful things from their Chamsys Guide for that matter, (and I fixed up the tab box on the home page for them!) Nice bit of jQuery!

Made a shoutbox for Halo3Wheelmen its hosted on 360gaming.net so had to do a lot of fudging and built a mini phpBB api to get user/ban data out of the forum, its all built in jQuery and PHP, jQuery makes ajax stuff, and append/prepend so much easier than pure javascript.


Job wise I am still waiting to hear back from Firebox.com, but it looks like I shall be staying in Leeds for another year at least, being a Venue Tech, which should, with the new boss, hopefully lead to more external work, but I shall still be working as a freelance web developer. Tho there have been some interesting local jobs come up on the GeekUp jobs Board. (I need to start going to GeekUp again….)

In that vein I currently have a bit of work on building a Asset/Event Manager for LUU Events, details on that to follow, but as a project it keeps me out of trouble, since Google fell thru.

Hopefully I should be getting back into modding phpBB which is even easier now since they now use GitHub to host their repository, so I’m gonna have to get to grips with forks, and loading parent data into the child repo…. (If that makes sense).

So essentially things are busy, not perfect but good. Could be better could be worse…

Hopefully at some point I will get around to doing a Carlyon CMS release candidate, tho I am thinking I need to rip out my CSS boilerplate and thus the relevant core html template files, we shall see.

In other news, I now have completely new graphics for 360gaming [dot] net, I was approached and offered the services of O Sheep Dip, and now I have graphics! Woot!
360gaming.net now has a HogBall league tracker on top of the 1v1 challenger system, tho no one has tested it yet, and I only have the one team, people don’t seem interested…

Tho there is a BTBhub on the way, it was suggested to me that building a BTB league is the way to go, and now I have the core Bungie Code checker, and with the advent of Reach, its data API (POTATO!) and of course, its massive ForgeWorld, the future is bright for Halo and 360gaming.net, now all I need is to find more games with similar developer offerings, and getting myself access to the true Xbox API……

So that summarizes the later part of summer… O and Katie is now home.

Also checkout my tumbleblog

Catch you after Moor Fest, (which will be my first ever festival, I’ve never been to one, and now the first one I am going to is also going to be my first external lighting job….)

Off to watch Sherlock on BBC1

And Happy Birthday to Kayleigh (The GirlFriend) 🙂

General Update

Yes I knows, I needs to update my blog more.

I’ve been pretty busy working over at Stage 1 these past couple of weeks, I had to hack the Congo, the theatres Lighting desk, to teach it how to talk to Stage’s new ETC 1 Port Nodes. The Congo runs Windows XP, and I know a few backdoors 🙂

I was reading Binary Hex’s Post on Language Speeds today, and was suprised at the Slow-ness of Ruby, and indeed of Perl, I used to program Perl, but response speed times are not something I tend to notice for languages, I worry mroe about Web Server response and loading times.

I’ve been neglecting AptitudeCMS, just through sheer business.

Hell I’m supposed to be at Work right now, just waiting in LSRfm.com Offices for my Co-Worker to arrive. Gotta love Flexitime!

SRA wise, I need to build an online sign up form for the National Student Radio Chart, which I need to start organising. Broadcast and Freshers week dates are getting close.

Not forgetting the upcoming SRA Training Day in Birmigham on the 12th, that should be good.

The day after that (13th) I have my first non union techie shift, down at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds City Center, should be good and promises to lead to other things one hopes, we shall see.

Its all go here, just waiting for some stuff from other people and then time to kick into high gear!

Anywho I must go, time to go to work, will remember to post soon!

So its been a while

GSoC 2009 is over.

Got SVN running (stupid thing I know), so know have committed my work to the AptitudeCMS Repo. Still some mintor bits to work out, but the XML/ATOM output via Zend Feed is working, adding and editing items work, haven’t quite figured out item deletion yet.

Not sure how much time one will have during term time to remain involved but we shall see.

Not tho I have picked up a Job at Stage One, the PCI department of Leeds University.

Spent most of the day hacking the Congo, the Stage1 Lighting Desk, to work with the new network nodes. Rather good fun!

Anyway Freshers week is coming, which means lots of shifts at work, which will be fun but busy, we shall see.

Hopefully I will remember to write my blog some more too!

Zend Framework is Quite Good

So its week whatever it is of GSoC (Google Summer of Code), I’ve lost count, is been tooo busy.

And getting there with AptitudeCMS, not I have my head round it and I have some working code, since its XML Related I was going to use my xml2array function I have that I usually use, but it was suggessted I use Zend Feed to do it and its quite a lot nicer, it does in and out it one easy block of code, in and out I mean for importing a feed out being creating and caching a feed.

On a side note, I have finished some client work (again), hopefully no more damn changes to make on it, and 360gaming.net is coming along with its Windows Live Authentication.

Anywho back to work. 🙂