Archive for April, 2010

New site launch- natashahampshire.co.uk

Juts launched a new portfolio site for my girlfriend, www.natashahampshire.co.uk – This is just the first phase with a few more features and a bunch of extra contact to be added in the coming weeks, but we needed to get it up ASAP so she can apply for a design course in London!

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Javascript & CSS Minification

Is that a real word?

Well anyway, I’m just finishing off a fairly jQuery heavy site I’m building for my girlfriend as an online portfolio site and figured I’d minify the css and jQuery to reduce loading times (as all of my javascript includes combined come to around 100k)- found a really good java app writen by Yahoo(!) called the YUI Compressor – I combined all my javascript into one combined.js file then minified it nocking 30k off the file size.  Did the same with css only making a saving of 2-3 k, but every little helps!  Very easy to use, but it means you do have to install the java runtime :(

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PHP Basics @ Smashing Magazine

I’ve not touched PHP for a couple of years now and everytime I have to come back to pimp out a wordpress theme or write something simple which can consume a dot net web service or something else quick and dirty in php, its always the basic syntactical stuff that I find I’ve forgotten (seriously.. a full stop to concatinate a string!?) – anyway; for those occasions, here is a handy article; www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/15/php-what-you-need-to-know-to-play-with-the-web/

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