Yeah OK fine, is technically more accurate, but I still prefer.
I've been involved with designing and building webpages since 2003 and have worked in several exciting and varied environments over the years.
Oh, and I'm rather fond of Ruby on Rails too!
An internal marketing tool to assist in the creation of investment leads.
Included several modern animations, iPad/iPhone optimisations and support for drag/pinch gestures.
Blues Banter was a Facebook application for (Auckland) Rugby fans to smack-talk before the game, and then recant after the result!
A simple MVC-style system which changes it's branding based on the teams involved in the upcoming match
The Smirnoff Night Project was a Facebook application with 3 phases. Phase 1 allowed users to submit ideas for an event in the form of a video, uploaded to Youtube via the Zend Gdata API.
Phase 2 promoted the 4 winning videos, and Phase 3 was a retrospective gallery of each event (including behind-the-scenes footage).
The Orcon Airpoints system was a custom-built, MVC-style archtecture which creates bi-directional communication with YouTube. The system also depends on an external API provided by Orcon
Further to the standard web interface, the content is also delivered to Facebook through an iframe application.
This project required a bi-directional communication between a flash movie and the page containing it.
jQuery was used to drive the flash from clickable HTML elements, and flash pushed changes back in the HTML through the same interface.
Hawkins was created in Silverstripe, a CMS developed in Wellington, New Zealand.
There was a lot of variance in templates, so there was a large amount of custom work to be done.
It also required a lot of custom PHP and jQuery work to produce specific core features, and was a great challenge.
This project is a straightforward Wordpress theme, with a slight twist.
The site also implemented a customised plugin to automatically regenerate content into a format suitable for mobile phones.
Ruby on Rails
I have 7¼ years of commerical PHP experience and have worked on a wide variety of projects, including:
My experience covers both PHP4 and PHP5, and I've worked with both OOP-based and standard proceedurally-based code.
Over the last 12 months I have worked with CakePHP and find it really suits my style of coding. I am most familiar with the 1.3x codebase, but have more recently been exploring the 2.1 Release Candidate and find it even better.
As with PHP, I've been around MySQL in a commercial environment for 7¼ years now. I am confident writing queries by hand, using a dynamic query builder, or interfacing with a live database from the terminal.
I have designed data architectures for complex databases and am happy optimising slow or ineffient queries in existing applications.
I have run Linux exclusively for the last 7½ years in both a server and workstation capacity.
I am most comfortable working with Debian-based distributions (specifically Ubuntu), however I've worked with several other Linux and Unix variants over the years.
My experience extends to:
I've not had the opportunity to work with Rails commercially yet, however I've built a few play applications in my spare time and really enjoy such a logical and simple language.
Through this spare-time experimentation I've developed a couple of simple Rails plugins: tagworthy and rhighlightjs. They were both built for Rails 2.x, and I haven't had the chance to test their compatibility with Rails 3.x yet, so YMMV!
tagworthy takes blocks of content and extracts meaningful keywords automatically, by way of the tagthe.net REST API.
rhighlightjs is an implementation of Ivan Salagaev's highlight.js, which automatically finds blocks of source-code in content and parses the code into syntax-highlighted html.
I am also responsible for the PDF conversion of Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby.
I write my HTML by hand, and am familiar with writing to standards. My code can be compliant to any of the standard doctypes:
I strive to write code that is standards-compliant, but primarily cross-browser and cross-platform compatible.
I'm also keen on using HTML in the most semantic way possible: tables for tabular data, lists for list data, etc.
You also may have noticed that this site is built in HTML5, and at the time it was originally written, standards-compliant. Unfortunately, as is often the case with emerging technologies, the goal-line has shifted and I have fallen out of favour with the W3C validator. The outstanding validation errors are known to me and I will fix them as soon as I get the chance.
I've been working with styling sites for years now, and it still amazes me the bizzare ways different browsers react to the same code. The backslash hack, the underscore hack, the star hack, !important... I've used them all at some point along the way.
CSS is one of the things I feel weakest on, and I don't think that's likely to change any time soon. There are so many little bugs and workarounds for browsers that it seems like the goal line is always shifting.
What I can tell you is that I always strive to make the best use of CSS that I can - use generic, cascading selectors and only write more specific selectors for those elements that aren't working. I tend to code CSS from the outside in, blocking out the grid or columns first and working towards the finer elements.
More recently I've also been working with Google's Web Fonts service as a nice @font-face shortcut.
Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
Various Other Wallpapers
I created this PDF from Why's website back in August of 2007 because I wanted a version I could read offline.
2 years later (give or take a couple weeks), Why disappeared as mysteriously as he arrived and all his various accounts and projects were shut down - including his Ruby guide.
While we're all sad that Why has gone, the good news is that you can still download the PDF right here!
About 10,000 years ago (more like 10, really) I rendered this set of images out from Lightwave 7.5, and they've been my most popular wallpapers since.
The base scene was originally created following a tutorial on newtek.com, but I ended up tweaking a lot of texture and camera settings to make it my own.
There are 3 sizes, suitable for single-monitor (1600x1200), dual-monitor (3200x1200), and even tri-monitor (4800x1200!) deployment.
These are a selection of other wallpapers I've made over the years. Click the thumbnail for preview & download.
The source scene for this wallpaper set was taken from the original Lightwave 7.5 cd, with a few tweaks from me.
I don't know if it was my Google-fu or my patience that ran out first, but I decided to make my own instead.
This was created using the Substrate XScreenSaver module written by Mike Kershaw, who in turn derived the code from Jared's work.
The code for these projects has been released under various Open Source licenses (I think the GPL and MIT licenses, respectively), so I'm releasing the wallpaper under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
If either Jared or Mike would like this changed, then they can let me know.
A wallpaper created for my stressed-out friend.
The model and textures were created by ZeroXXX in 3ds max format, which I obtained from TurboSquid.
After conversion to the Lightwave format and a bunch of tweaking to the surfaces, the image was rendered out. A little post-pro (bloom, desaturation, etc) was added with Photoshop.
* actual fun content subject to sense of humour.
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