Archives for December 2007

Community MX Open House

I am a big fan of Community MX and from 24/12/2007 through to 1/1/2008, they will be celebrating the holiday season with an Open House! Every one of over 2400 articles and tutorials will be free to read. Find out what you have been missing as they open up the vaults for a peek inside all the great stuff that happens there every single day.

You will still need to be a member to download support files and use the forums, but the great news is they have a number of affordable subscription options available. And if you come across something you just have to have, you can always buy just that article to get the download. You can browse their Categories page, or use their Advanced Search to help find just what you are looking for.

New Site Launch

My company launched a new website today for William and Elinor’s ski and holiday chalet.

This site presented some new challenges as it needed an availability calendar for both properties that they have, a map on how to find the chalet in France and I wanted to take take advantage of the newly installed Apache 2 zlib component on my server.

The availability calendar was built by hand using an idea suggested by Joe Makowiec allied to a previous booking system I had built for a Motel Site and some ideas taken from a DMX Zone Tutorial and with a little perspiration I ended up with a system that was simple for Elinor to update but powerful enough to give the results required.

The Google Map was created courtesy of WebAssist’s Pro Maps for Google extension which proved extremely simply to implement once I had the necessary information from William and Elinor.

To improve page load times I wanted to take advantage of the Apache 2 zlib component and the comments on this article gave me the clue I needed and I created a .htaccess file with the following code:
<filesmatch “\.(php|html|txt|css|js)$”>
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE
</filesmatch>

that does the job nicely, if you have the Web Developers Toolbar installed in Firefox choose Information -> Document Size to see the results.

Sri Lanka take the spoils

Any team with Muttiah Muralitharan playing in their own back yard are always going to be a difficult proposition but when England dismissed them on the 1st day for only 188 the door was more than ajar. But England’s batting proved fallible  and Ian Bell apart  no-one performed over both innings whilst Kumar Sangakkara proved what a class act he is with the highest score in both innings.