All posts tagged ‘tutorial’

File Under: JavaScript, Programming

Make a Javascript Slideshow

JavaScript slide shows are great for a lot of reasons. You can use them to spice up photo albums, add a little pizzazz to your home page, or even show a story, stop-motion-animation style. And one of the beauties of JavaScript is its reusability:Once you create your script, building a new slide show is just a matter of copying the code and pointing it at a new image folder.

To get an idea of the magic I’m talking about here, take a look at the slide show I made of the pics from my friend Azure’s going away party. While Azure’s parting was sweet, sweet sorrow, my loss is your gain:The script I used to create this slide show is easy to learn and modify. Just you wait and see!

Yes, in the lessons that follow, I’ll show you how to build your very own slide show, then how to tweak it to your liking. (A hearty thanks goes out to Robert Bui – several parts of the JavaScript code I’m about to share are “inspired” by his script, which can be found at

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File Under: Backend

Set Up Dynamic DNS

Now that everybody* has a home broadband connection, the need for IP addresses is a growing concern. With the rollout of IPv6 still pending, IP addresses are a limited resource. ISPs are understandably reluctant to hand a static IP address to every US$50/month subscriber. Some ISPs do, and some allow you to pay extra for one. For the most part, though, they’re a bit of a pain to get.

* not everybody

This is not a problem for the majority of home broadband users. Their needs — efficient web browsing, quick downloading of large files, “always-on” service, productive hours spent on WoW or AIM — are met admirably by the service provided. Giving them a static IP address, if they even noticed, would just result in increased security headaches as their insecure Windows machines suddenly had fixed addresses, making them easier to break into.

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File Under: Frameworks, Programming

Use Templates in Django

This is part 4 of Webmonkey’s introductory Django tutorial. If you’re arriving here to learn about getting started with Django, start back at the beginning with Lesson 1.

When we left off last time, we had defined some URLs for our blog and constructed a custom view to handle displaying posts by tag. If you point your browser to our development URL at this point, ( you’ll still see a Django error page complaining that the template blog/list.html does not exist. Don’t panic, it’s true — we haven’t created it yet.

It’s time to tackle the last aspect of Django, the template syntax.

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File Under: HTML, Web Standards

Add HTML Forms to Your Site

So you’ve decided it’s time to interact with your users. You’re tired of this one-way street — you talking, them listening. You want to actually hear what your readers have to say. In order to do this, you’ll need to provide a way for people to enter information. Therefore, you’re going to need an HTML form (to process this information, however, you must implement some sort of script, which might require another tutorial).

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File Under: Uncategorized

Site Optimization Tutorial – Lesson 3

So far, we’ve learned how to shrink page layout code and how to effectively compress images. Still, there are a few more techniques you can apply to optimize your pages, and most of them spring from smart design sense (Here are the On Page Search engine optimization guidelines). Follow these helpful design tips and your page load time will be about as miniscule as humanly possible – short of running your code through a Frinkian Debigulator.

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