Blog Archives: Code





Front end frameworks have been around for a while now and a quick search will return a myriad of different examples, all of which seem to offer very similar advantages to both developer and end user. I played around with




I’ve updated www.alancoleman.com, my personal blog and webspace, with a new WordPress theme. I’m calling it Charcoal and Vanilla. The theme is based on the WordPress default Twenty Eleven theme. I’ve always found this a good place to start when


This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. Resurrecting an old PHP CMS Project that I built back in 2006. I had great fun building this initially so thought it would be a good little project to breath


I’ve been meaning to refresh the look of this blog for a while and as I’m interested in British birdlife I though it would be interesting to combine the two. The bird theme works by using PHP to randomly select


Here’s how simple responsive design can be. I wanted the website you’re looking at to change shape depending on the viewable area within the browser. It’s a fairly fluid design, the main issue being the </aside> element to the right of the


I’ve been holding off from this for a while, there hasn’t been much need to start using HTML 5 on my blogs other than personal interest, but now I have a bit of time on my hands it’s been great


I was thinking the other day that it might be fun to have a different colour generated every time a page loads. Can’t be that difficult, just some random variables made into a string. concatenating six variables seemed a little on the clumsy side so



I found these screen dumps last week whilst trying to free up some space on the old Think Pad. I used a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create the graphics, I can’t remember which versions but almost certainly



I’d only ever played around with JavaScript as a way of achieving something within a development environment. I’d given little thought to object orientation and code reuse- ability, focusing more on write once, use once and move on as soon as the thing was working.


We run a dynamic website that retrieves information from a relational database. There’s lots of content involved across loads of domains and in several languages, this makes the site fairly heavy. Performance is as important as ever and it’s only


I’ve been working on a project over the last week that involves fairly heavy use of Stored Procedures. It’s not a new technology and we’re not that new to it either, it’s just that during the development cycle the logic


I’ve been working with cookies for the last couple of days, also known as a web cookie, browser cookie, and HTTP cookie (got that from Wikipedia). For some reason I always end up getting confused about what cookie is written


As the spring sun shone through our office window this morning I came across a couple of great things online that made the already great day even better. The first is an online code editing app from Mozilla Labs called


I have a couple of great additions to my world of web development that are worthy of a mention. The first is the discovery of WebDevRadio, a site based around a set of regularly updated podcasts on web development issues.



2008s project at work will be the next step in our re branding exercise, the development of an in house application to manage our content, otherwise known as a CMS. The technology will come courtesy of Microsoft’s .NET framework, that