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Google Web Authoring Statistics

On the heels of their year-end Zeitgeist, Google has released the results of an interesting web authoring analysis. By sampling over one billion web pages, a feat few others could accomplish, the company gives us a pretty good idea of how people are using HTML on their sites. While I’m sure most people could care […]

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Web Frameworks or: How I learned to stop worrying about PHP and love Ruby

Right now I’m in the early stages of my first big project after launching the redesigned EduTech website. It’s an overhaul/redesign of a web-based application I wrote about a year ago to manage all of the workshops our trainers offer to North Dakota teachers. While my first stab at it was, by all accounts, a […]

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Analyzing Web Traffic: Google Zeitgeist and More

Ever since I started doing the whole web development thing, I’ve been interested and amazed with the amount of information you can gain by watching your website traffic, especially over time to discover trends. I was reminded by this today when Google released its 2005 Year-End Zeitgeist to the world, aggregating billions of search queries […]

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Ruby on Rails 1.0 Goes Live

The big news today in the world of web development is that Ruby on Rails 1.0 was officially released. It’s been in continuous development for more than a year, with most of the features in place for a while, so the 1.0 label is more for marketing purposes. After all, not everyone feels comfortable working […]

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Playing With Movable Type 3.2 Beta 4

I managed to make a lot of progress on the EduTech website redesign yesterday and hope to continue it today. I got the latest Movable Type 3.2 beta release, Beta 4, installed on my PowerMac after compiling Perl DBI and SQLite (they whole “compile a program from its source code” thing is getting less scary […]

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Microformats – Seeing What’s Next For The Web

Update (8/15/2005 @ 11:30 am): I’ve made some changes to my hcard example below after receiving some feedback from Brian Suda, who’s written a cool little tool that extracts hcards from web pages. Thanks Brian! There are tons of really exciting things happening in web design and development right now – it’s a great time […]

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Website Redesign: Phase II

I recently finished the first major piece of the EduTech website redesign I mentioned earlier: creating a new page layout. You can take a look at a prototype of the new design if you’re interested. It’s based heavily off a layout demoed by Douglas Bowman at the Web Design World conference in Seattle last month. […]

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Anatomy of a Website Redesign

Recently, I began the long and difficult process of redesigning the EduTech website. The current layout was designed by me shortly after I transitioned into the web development position in the fall of 2003. Because our organization is state-funded and is part of the North Dakota Information Technology Department, we were under heavy pressure to […]

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That Whole AJAX Thing

After getting my mail today, I was happy to see two of my favorite groups of people together at last: InfoWorld and 37Signals. In the current issue, Infoworld has a really good article titled The Browser Reloaded, which is all about the newest Big Thing in web development: AJAX. In it, they interview several of […]

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Web Development at Work

I just realized that it’s been a very long time since I last mentioned what I’ve been doing at work for the several months. In a word: lots. I’ve added PHP programming to my list of web development skills, which previously focused mostly on HTML and CSS. What does all of that mean to you? […]