Website Programming

Custom website programming solutions - ColdFusion, HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, SQL.

Server Languages

Server-side scripting is a web server technology in which a user's request is fulfilled by running a script directly on the web server to generate dynamic HTML pages. It is usually used to provide interactive web sites that interface to databases or other data stores. The primary advantage to server-side scripting is the ability to highly customize the response based on the user's requirements, access rights, or queries into data stores.

ColdFusion

ColdFusion is an application server and software development framework used for the development of computer software in general, and dynamic web sites in particular. In this regard, ColdFusion is a similar product to Microsoft ASP.NET or Java Enterprise Edition.

ColdFusion is WebVeteran's platform of choice. WebVeteran.com is running on ColdFusion.

PHP

Hypertext Preprocessor is a reflective programming language originally designed for producing dynamic Web pages. PHP is used mainly in server-side application software, but can be used from a command line interface or in standalone graphical applications.

PHP's principal focus is server-side scripting. While running the PHP parser with a web server and web browser, providing dynamic content to the client from a web server.

PHP is commonly used alongside Linux, Apache and MySQL. PHP can be used with a large number of relational database management systems, runs on all of the most popular web servers and is available for many different operating systems. This flexibility means that PHP has a wide installation base across the Internet; over 18 million Internet domains are currently hosted on servers with PHP installed.

ASP

Active Server Pages is Microsoft's server-side script engine for dynamically-generated web pages. It is marketed as an add-on to Internet Information Services (IIS).

Although I do not build entire projects with ASP, I do support making minor modifications and completing small tasks - such as browser-based "upload file and email as attachement" forms.

Python

Python is an object-oriented high-level programming language with a fully dynamic type system and uses automatic memory management.

The philosophy behind Python is noteworthy among high-level programming languages because it emphasizes the importance of programmer effort over computer effort, and because it rejects more arcane language features, prioritizing readability over speed or expressiveness. Python is often characterised as minimalist, although this only applies to the core language's syntax and semantics; the standard library provides the language with a large number of additional libraries and extensions.

Although I do not build entire projects with Python, I do support making minor modifications and completing small tasks - such as modifying the display of search engine result pages (IE: My modified installation of Ultraseek Server at MotionControl.com.

Client Languages

Client-side scripting generally refers to the class of computer programs on the web that are executed client-side, by the user's web browser, instead of server-side (on the web server). This type of computer programming is an important part of the Dynamic HTML (DHTML) concept, enabling web pages to be scripted; that is, to have different and changing content depending on user input, environmental conditions (such as the time of day), or other variables.

JavaScript

JavaScript is an implementation of the ECMAScript standard, a scripting language based on the concept of prototype-based programming. The language is best known for its use in websites (as client-side JavaScript), but is also used to enable scripting access to objects embedded in other applications.

WebVeteran.com in it's current form would not be possible without JavaScript.

HTML5

HTML5 is a core technology markup language of the Internet used for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web. It is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML 4 as of 1997) and, as of December 2012, is a candidate recommendation of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Its core aims have been to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices (web browsers, parsers, etc.). HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4, but also XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML.

XHTML

The Extensible HyperText Markup Language is a markup language that has the same depth of expression as HTML, but a stricter syntax. A goal for XHTML and XML was to reduce the demands on parsers and user-agents in general. With HTML, user-agents increasingly took on the burden of "correcting" errant documents. Instead XML requires user-agents to fail when encountering malformed XML. This means an XHTML browser can theoretically be faster and made to run more easily on miniaturized devices than a comparable HTML browser. The recommendation for browsers to post an error rather than attempt to render malformed content should help eliminate malformed content. Even when authors do not validate code, and simply test against an XML browser, errors will be revealed.

DHTML

Dynamic HTML is a term used for a collection of technologies, used together to create interactive and animated web sites by using a combination of static markup language (such as HTML), a client-side scripting language (such as JavaScript), the presentation definition language (Cascading Style Sheets), and the Document Object Model. Dynamic HTML is often used to make rollover or drop-down buttons on a web page, but can be use to manipulate just about any element of a web page.

CSS

Cascading Style Sheets is a stylesheet language used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language. Its most common application is to style web pages written in HTML and XHTML.

Prior to CSS, nearly all of the presentational attributes of HTML documents were contained within the HTML markup; all font colors, background styles, element alignments, borders and sizes had to be explicitly described, often repeatedly, within the HTML. This leads to lots of inconsistancy over many pages. CSS allows authors to move much of that information to a separate stylesheet resulting in considerably simpler HTML markup, with 100% consistancy across web pages.

Combines with Hybrid Language, below, WebVeteran.com can deliver a rich user experience that runs entirely within a browser window - with no plugins, Flash, or Java.

Hybrid Languages

AJAX

Ajax, shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a web development technique for creating interactive web applications. This makes web pages feel more responsive by exchanging small amounts of data with the server behind the scenes, so that the entire web page does not have to be reloaded each time the user requests a change. This is meant to increase the web page's interactivity, speed, and usability.

XML

The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language that supports a wide variety of applications. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the sharing of data across different information systems, particularly systems connected via the Internet. Formally defined languages based on XML (such as RSS, MathML, XHTML, Scalable Vector Graphics, MusicXML and thousands of other examples) allow diverse software to reliably understand information formatted and passed in these languages.

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 refers to a perceived or proposed second generation of Internet-based services that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. Its exact meaning remains open to debate. The last, compact, definition of Web 2.0, according to Tim O'Reilly is this one: "Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform. Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that harness network effects to get better the more people use them. (This is what I've elsewhere called 'harnessing collective intelligence.')".

SOAP

SOAP (originally Simple Object Access Protocol) is a protocol for exchanging XML-based data over a computer network, normally using HTTP. SOAP forms the foundation of providing a basic messaging framework that more abstract layers can build on.

Database Languages

Query languages are computer languages used to make queries into databases and information systems. Broadly, query languages can be classified according to whether they are database query languages or information retrieval query languages. Storing your information in a database is more secure than in files on yourt website, and allows for dynamic content through any Server Language.

MySQL

A multithreaded, multi-user, SQL Database Management System with more than six million installations. MySQL is popular for web applications and for open-source bug tracking tools like Bugzilla. Its popularity as a web application is closely tied to the popularity of PHP, which is often combined with MySQL and nicknamed the Dynamic Duo.

MS SQL Server

A relational database management system produced by Microsoft. Its primary query language is Transact-SQL, an implementation of the ANSI/ISO standard Structured Query Language (SQL) used by both Microsoft and Sybase. SQL Server is commonly used by businesses for small- to medium-sized databases, but the past five years have seen greater adoption of the product for larger enterprise databases.

MS Access

Microsoft Office Access is a relational database management system from Microsoft, packaged with Microsoft Office Professional which combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface.

Microsoft Access can use data stored in Access/Jet, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or any ODBC-compliant data container. Skilled software developers and data architects use it to develop application software. Relatively unskilled programmers and non-programmer "power users" can use it to build simple applications. It supports some object-oriented (OO) techniques but falls short of being a fully OO development tool. Using data stored in an Access MDB makes for easy portability. You can simply download the MDB and open it in Microsoft Office. Howerver I perfer to use MS SQL Server because it's more powerful with better performance.

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