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  • wade 6:22 on Monday, 28 November 2005 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Valid XHTML re-code case study 

    A gentleman popped into our IRC channel this evening asking for some help writing some HTML. He was having a hard time aligning some badges at the bottom of a column. Being all hopped up on birthday cake icing, I accepted the opportunity to write some code for the fun of it and recoded his page. I present to you now a case study in composing valid XHTL and good layout. In the process of exemplifying a possible solution to this man’s problem, I would like to illustrate how simple, lean, and user-friendly proper, valid code can (and definately should) be.

    View original code. | View my code.

    Now, if you attempt to validate the authors code, you will notice that it actually almost validates. So, what is the problem? Why didn’t I simply align his badges at the bottom of his column and move on? I will not take the time to critique his code completely here, but will offer the following general observations instead:

    1. tables should not be used for layout
    2. code should be lowercase
    3. indentation and tag pedigree should be visually logical and consistant
    4. it is 2005, there is no reason that all code shouldn’t be at least XHTML transitional
    5. style declarations should be contained within an external style sheet
    6. good code should not just be legible; it should be beautiful
     
  • wade 21:26 on Friday, 25 November 2005 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Geek dinner with Dr. Phil Windley keynote 

    Paul Allen, Phil Burns, Aaron Zupancic, and Jamis Buck in conjuction with DevUtah and Provo Labs (formerly Info Base Ventures) present a Geek Dinner. Dr. Phil Windley will give the keynote. He’ll be discussing micro-formats and the writable web. After which they will have an open forum for discussion about his topic and anything else of interest. Visit the calendar for more information.

     
  • wade 20:27 on Monday, 14 November 2005 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The key to harnessing the value of arrays 

    For our November meeting, Mac Newbold presented on arrays. A fun-filled evening of exciting adventures was had with everyone’s favorite PHP data type. We covered both lists and associative arrays, the differences between them, and their respective operators and functions. We demonstrated how to use them in various loop constructs, and a million and one ways to sort your arrays. We showed everyone how to use arrays in some of the other standard PHP functions, like the string functions. And finally, we covered how to use arrays to make advanced data structures, like multi-dimentional arrays, lists of lists, and “structs” or mock objects.

    View slides from the presentation: HTML,PPT,RTF,TXT,PDF

     
  • wade 3:13 on Saturday, 5 November 2005 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Mailing list archives now searchable 

    We are happy to report that the archives are now searchable. Using an implementation of Google’s site-only search we found on PLUG‘s website for inspiration, we have implemented search fields on the mailing list page that allow you to search Google’s cache of the archives. A neat benefit to this search is that it is narrowed to each list’s archives only, keeping results completely relevant.

     
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