Archive for June, 2008
I am extremely proud to present my very own CSS Gallery, CSS Imagine. For those who have been following my blog the last couple weeks, you'll recall me alluding to this very special day. Well, it's finally here and I am very, very, very excited!
Please take a second and check it out. If you're a designer, or just know of a killer site that needs to be on CSS Imagine, please take just a moment and submit it. Also, please let me know your feedback–I am incredibly anxious to hear people's responses to this gallery and some of the functionality that I have built in.
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A rather annoying issue I ran into this evening when testing my up-and-coming CSS gallery on a live server was that all of my cross-domain AJAX calls were failing in Firefox. I'm used to stuff failing for stupid reasons in IE, but this one was unique. I tested in Safari (for Windows), IE 7, and Opera–all of them worked beautifully. But for whatever reason, Firefox horked on the code.
Well, it turns out it was a simple fix. In my AJAX calls, I was using the Spry loadURL() function. For this function, you can specify whether the call should be a "POST" or "GET" method. I assumed for my remote calls that I would be doing POST methods.
After all was said and done, it was apparently the POST methods that Firefox was having a coniption over. I changed the methods really quickly to GETs, and everything worked again in all browsers.
As I am mostly stupid, I have no reason why this happened–however, perhaps this will be useful to some other poor code monkey out there who is betrayed by Firefox in the wee-hours of the night, and maybe a wiser soul would be kind enough to post a comment about More >
Remember the CSS Gallery I wrote about a while ago? Yes, the one that I'm building? Well, IT'S ALMOST DONE!!
I am incredibly excited. The design, I feel, really came together, and the final result is something simple and sleek, but still (at least IMO) memorable.
One of the most exciting things about this project for me is that it's allowed me to flex some ColdFusion 8 muscles–muscles that I have had not yet really had a chance to use until now.
What kind of features are there going to be? I'm glad you asked!
On the client side, I completely Web 2.0-ified the site submission process. When you click "Submit", instead of getting redirected to a form page, I'm using Thickbox to present the form. The form itself is pretty sweet, too. First, there's a fairly interesting hint tool that I developed. But the power of the form is that not only does it check the XHTML and CSS validation on the site you enter while you're finishing up the form, but even the form submission itself is AJAXed. No stupid submit and refresh here!
Once a site submission is approved and live, each site will have comments attached, as well as a rating mechanism. As More >
I do not like PHP. Period. Sorry. I find it clunky and it makes me irritable. Sure, it's free, but so what? There's a lot of free things that I don't like (like the flu, for example).
What's my beef? Tonight, I launched my first successful WordPress integration. For the testing phase, I had the installation in a sub-folder off the main site. Everything worked great.
But finally I moved it to the root. Guess what? PHP got angry at me. On nearly every page I received this error:
"Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at blah, blah blah)."
Apparently this is common error, caused by whitespace. Really? Stupid. I can't believe that PHP can't process a file with whitespace…just seems really, well, dumb.
But the kicker is this: nothing changed between moving the files from my testing folder to the root! For whatever reason, PHP didn't care about it when it was in the testing folder, but then changed its mind when I moved the files. Again, dumb.
Anyway, the fix was really simple. Turns out that there were two lines of whitespace in my wp-config.php file, whitespace which I didn't put there (thanks WordPress).
Urghh. More >
A few months ago, I ran across ScrnShots. It's basically a service for uploading, tagging and sharing screenshots of websites. This is pretty useful for me given my profession :).
One of the things, however, that has always impressed me about the site is how easy and fun to use it is. It features really deep networking capabilities, the tagging is pretty robust, and everything is fast, fast, fast!
Of course, while uploading from the site is easy, I've been waiting with baited breath for them to release an API. Well, recently this happened, and I couldn't be more excited!
The API is alot like Twitter's in that it uses Basic Authentication for user-specific http calls. While not the most secure form of authentication, it is ridiculously easy, especially if you're using ColdFusion whose cfhttp tag has a built in mechanism for managing it.
So tonight, I spent a couple minutes digging into the API, and came away with an easy function for uploading, tagging and providing a description and link for an image. And of course, if you're using ColdFusion, it's cake!
Here it is:
<cfhttp url="http://www.scrnshots.com/screenshots.xml" method="POST" charset="utf-8" username="existdissolve" password="password" multipart="yes"> <cfhttpparam name="enctype" type="header" value="multipart/form-data"> <cfhttpparam name="screenshot[uploaded_data]" type="file" file="#filearea#" mimetype="image/jpeg"> <cfhttpparam More >