Author Archives: Dan

Wheedle: What went wrong?

I know it’s been a while since I last posted here, but let’s just move past that for now, and get to the bit where I talk about… Wheedle Last week I managed, by chance, to get a sneak peek … Continue reading

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Pears: Create your own pattern library

At work, we have what we call our module library, which is an interface with which to browse (and edit) the snippets of code and style (we call them modules) that we use to make up our site. They’re not … Continue reading

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Steve Lacy: What Larry Page really needs to do to return Google to its startup roots

Here’s a good read.

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Best of Swiss Web 2011

A big congratulations to my good friends at L//P for absolutely pwning the Best of Swiss Web awards, yet again! Three gold, three silver, and two bronze, but also taking the title of Master of Swiss Web 2011 for Migipedia! … Continue reading

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JavaScript Decision Tree tool

My goal has been to make a JavaScript Decision Tree tool as a new content module for our next site redesign. It needs to work such that the same piece of JavaScript can be utilised without modification for any decision … Continue reading

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Don’t make me steal

If you like to watch movies and TV series’ on demand; if you want to watch them whenever and wherever you want; if you’re frustrated with advertisements and anti-piracy messages when you hire DVDs and go to the cinema; if … Continue reading

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Last.fm

A year or so ago, Last.fm started charging for their service. I was pretty gutted, since I had been listening to Last.fm radio pretty much all day. Sure, it’s okay to charge something for a decent service—and Last.fm is very … Continue reading

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Getting XML data into Symfony, automatically.

The problem We have a complex XML file with many different node types, etc. supplied by a third party via a URL reference. There’s an initial dump, and then an incremental update every couple of weeks, with additions, deletions and … Continue reading

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Redesigning a corporate web environment

The Challenge I’ve got this friend who is responsible for a corporate front-end web environment with almost a dozen browser-facing web applications. Pretty much all he can do at the moment is change static content in the antiquated and wildly … Continue reading

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An update

It’s been a while since my last post. During that while, I’ve returned reluctantly to New Zealand from an incredible 12 months in Switzerland. I was working for an outstanding company (Best Of Swiss Web 2009) on some outstanding projects. … Continue reading

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