The goal of this project was to create an online resource for website developers. Using a free wordpress theme and free plugins we were able to setup a blog in minutes. The main topics of the blog will be ActionScript, Yii PHP framework, Website Development Project Management, jQuery and whatever else we happen to think might be useful to website designers and developers.
When Trager approached us to try and automate one of their most cumbersome and mundane administration tasks, updating their instructor courses on their website. We jumped at the chance to automate an old way of handling information. In the past course information was emailed to an administrator who inputted the information into a ms-access database so a comma separated list (csv) could be generated and then uploaded to the server where a Perl script displayed and searched the courses. This one task ate up a lot of their administration budget and they were looking to invest in a process that would save them money in the long run. Using a custom built app powered by MODx content management system and framework we were able to seamlessly drop our application inside of their legacy table styled website. Instructors are now able to login and create an info sheet for a training course and the administrator can now manage user and course reports from single admin dashboard. The website user has also benefited from an improved course search tool that allows them to filter courses for their specific region, area of expertise with just two click of the mouse
This project involved taking a MySQL database from an old custom built web portal and converting that into a newer modular web application. The project had been started using cake and had all the auto code generated but was only partially working. After tracing out all the models and controllers we were able to spot some problems with the way data was stored across table and a problem with the permissions system. Being more familiar with the Yii PHP Framework. We decided to make some changes to the database tables and model them with Yii then we added in some custom user authentication that allowed for manual approval for one group and automated verification by email for another. We were able to recycle the views from the cake project files and with some search and replace the views came together quite easily.
This project was just as important for us as it was for Valleylinks. We were able to make a final decision on what we are going to use as our flagship framework moving forward. After trying all the big ones and a few little ones, Yii has come out on top. Yii’s built in JQuery interface, ease for importing 3rd party scripts and just the general feel using it has made it our choice for all our upcoming projects.
Green Release - Concrete Reactive Form Release.
When Martin approached us about building a website for his new revolutionary product Green Release. He was clear he wanted a simple clean website that gave the details of his product, his company and he also had some demo videos he wanted to be displayed. The bulk of the work for this project was editing all the video footage he had into short little demo segments. Once that was done we picked a nice clean website design with colours that would be fitting for a company in the construction industry.
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