Category Archives: Web Development

PHP Utility Functions: get_value_or_default

Some handy functions I use to grab values from arrays and objects (especially $_REQUEST and friends), without having to constantly run isset or !empty checks everywhere (to avoid undefined index notices). You can specify a default value if the index … Continue reading

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PHP Magic: Building a static countdown clock using PHP and GD

Update (2010-04-20): These Gleeks are crazy. Since being released, the clock has been viewed over 200,000 times. Insane. If you like Glee, you’ll like this. If you like image processing using PHP, you’ll like this even more. Using PHP and … Continue reading

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Mockingbird: wireframing made awesome

Wireframing is awesome! Using Mockingbird, a recently launched Cappuccino-based wireframing tool, I was able to whip up some quick UI concepts I’ve been thinking of for the next iteration of Edit Flow. Though obviously not as fast as a hand-drawn … Continue reading

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WordPress Plugin: Plugin Notes

This is the outcome of a couple of hours of Friday night coding after an open call by Chris Coyier over at Digging into WordPress. Here’s what Chris asked for: Ever look through your list of plugins and forget just … Continue reading

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Digital Design Project: theboar.ca

My independent digital design project (DAC 400) completed as part of my Digital Arts Communication specialization explored the push by magazines into the online and technology spaces. The goal of the project was to explore viable technologies to use as … Continue reading

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Web App prototype: eCard Builder

KiwiShake was a prototype Facebook application. The idea was to provide users with the ability to create eCards that could be customized with photos, videos, etc. It’s not even close to completion and it pretty terrible overall, but there’s a … Continue reading

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Development: Imprint Online – Web Publishing System

What do you get when you marry the Adobe Scripting Engine with the magic of XML Parsing? Well, one thing you can come out with is a web publishing system that automates the process of publishing the online version of … Continue reading

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Development: Imprint Archives

In conjunction with the 50 years of campus journalism celebration at the University of Waterloo, Imprint took made a push to make available online, all 50 years worth of its archives. I took the lead on this as I managing … Continue reading

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Development: Imprint Online

After several years in the online game, Imprint, the University of Waterloo’s official student newspaper, decided that it needed a fresh new website to adapt to the changing trends in the Internet news industry. I modified the core code of … Continue reading

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