Web Development

The week that was: JavaScript

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At Civico, we’ve been having all kinds of issues with the commonly available video players, and as a video streaming company, that’s really bad news. These experiences, plus some future requirements that none of the standard players support, means I had to write our own video player. This meant JavaScript – lots and lots of JavaScript.

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HOWTO: Use jQuery/DataTables with Perl/Catalyst/DBIC

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(I offered to write an entry for the Catalyst Advent Calendar based on a private wiki article I use, and wanted to break the 600+ day blogging dry spell!)

Web user interfaces have come a long way since the original publish/view model of the Internet – these days, people expect interactivity and interfaces that let them get the information they want with the minimum of effort. JavaScript libraries such as jQuery have made it easier to develop cross-platform, interactive interfaces, but tables of data have still lagged behind a bit. There is a jQuery plugin that adds interactivity to tables of data in HTML – datatables.net. The DataTables plugin allows for server-side processing of table options such as ordering, filtering and pagination, leading to much smoother feeling data tables.

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New Year, new look, new stuff

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So, it’s 2010 (however you like to pronounce it), it’s out with the old and in with the new! I must confess to having lived in a bit of a bubble for a while, not venturing out of my comfort zone, and so things got a little stale. No longer. (more…)

I’ve been working in Flash – is that ironic, Alanis?

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People who know me are familiar with my dislike for Flash, so for me to be doing some work in it might come as a surprise.
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