I have worked on web sites since 1995 when I started on my very own one at Southampton University. This work has included:
- HTML: Used to display my final year project report
- DHTML: For some of my university coursework and more recently on the St Mary's Village Carnival and cdmUK.com websites
- Microsoft FrontPage web authoring: For my original MadTech / TheoGray.com website
- Active Server Pages (ASP): I currently build all new web sites using ASP.
- XHTML / Cascading Style Sheets (CSS): Having used CSS for styles for the last few years, the latest incarnation of this site now uses CSS for layout too.
- Macromedia/Adobe Flash: Used for photograph albums and to create a brochure site from a template.
Current Web Showcase
My current web showcase includes:
- Do I Need Planning Permission? (HTML/CSS/JS)
- St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray (HTML/CSS/ASP)
- Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music (HTML/CSS/JS/ASP)
- Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire (HTML/CSS/ASP)
- Down's Heart Group (HTML/CSS/ASP.NET)
- Chilterns Property (HTML/CSS/ASP)
- Ai Solutions (HTML/CSS/Flash/ASP)
- Callsafe Services (HTML/CSS/ASP)
- St Mary's Village Carnival (HTML/CSS/ASP)
- Christmas Puzzle (HTML/CSS/ASP)
HTML / DHTML / Microsoft FrontPage
Working at Ai Solutions, I was gradually drawn in to some of the nice features of Microsoft FrontPage, such as their common borders and navigation features which you can see hard at work on my original site* (See Note Below).
* Note: Unfortunately my old ISP has informed me that they will no longer host FrontPage webs for free after 12-Dec-03, so these marked links may not work after that date.
Active Server Pages
I began using Active Server Pages (ASP) for web authoring through a need to display dynamic content from the server.
Other options were considered, such as CGI, PERL, JSP, etc., but with my knowledge of Visual Basic, then server side VBScript seemed the obvious answer.
Microsoft Visual Studio.NET has now become my development environment of choice as I now mainly design and build web sites in ASP.
XHTML / Cascading Style Sheets
Having used CSS for styles for the last few years, the latest incarnation of this site now uses CSS for layout too. As an example, click here to see what this page really looks like underneath when viewed with just the XHTML and no styling.
I've been wanting to move this site across to using CSS for a while now; this has so far been tested on IE5, IE6, Pocket IE, and Mozilla 1.6 to Firefox 1.0, and as you can see below, the W3C validators have checked and passed my pages too. Even so, I imagine there are some things that may not appear correcly on all browsers, so let me know if there are any gremlins causing things to display incorrecly on your browser.
I have dabbled with Flash over the years, including using the Slide Show Pro component on various sites, but never had to do much serious work with it until Horizon Bathrooms approached me to provide a brochure website from a Flash template.