Archive for the ‘PHP’ Category

user interface blast from the past

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Updating my portfolio I was going through some screenshots of an old web app I made for the HP intranet. At the time I don’t think I realized that I was creating a “blog” – just making something that we needed (and I got to learn a lot about PHP and MySQL in the process).


BarelyFitz discussion boards are back

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

A year ago, the BarelyFitz discussion boards were hacked due to a nasty bug in PHPBB, so I had to remove them.

In the meantime I had a new edition to my family and a transition from running my own web design company to working as a full-time employee at WebMD. Needless to say, I have been busy and the forums were not a high priority.

But finally the forums are back (and hopefully this will stem the many email questions I receive about my open-source projects).

CSS Colors: Take Control Using PHP

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

While many web sites use powerful programming environments to create HTML, these same tools are usually ignored when it comes to creating Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This article describes how to take control of your colors in CSS using PHP. You will learn how to:

  • Centralize your color definitions using variables.
  • Separate presentation and content by refering to colors using abstract names such as base and highlight.
  • Automatically generate a color gradient from a single base color
  • Automatically adjust the contrast of foreground colors so they can viewed on top of your background colors

Read my article: CSS Colors: Take Control Using PHP

Accelerating PHP Applications

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Excellent presentation on accellerating / optimizing a PHP installation.


JavaScript Syndication: How to Easily Syndicate Your Web Content

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

JavaScript is a useful tool for syndicating content to other websites. This article examines the pros and cons of JavaScript syndication, explains how to implement it, and demonstrates a technique using PHP to make it even easier.

Read my article: JavaScript Syndication: How to Easily Syndicate Your Web Content