Posts that cover general aspects of programming.

7 Tips On Writing Your CV

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:20

Working for a number of years in the web industry means that I get to see quite a few CVs, and after a while you get a feel for what makes a good one. Your CV (or resumé) is quite often the very first thing anyone ever hears about you, so it is important to get it right. To that end I thought I would impart some of the things I have learned after years of writing my own and reading other people's CVs.

1. Take Your Time


7 Tips To Improve Website Usability

Monday, January 26, 2009 - 22:20

Website usability should be an essential part of your online strategy, but it is so easily overlooked or overshadowed by pretty design. Here is a quick list of 7 things that can cause your users to get frustrated and go elsewhere.

1. Search
Search is a very important part of any site, and if it doesn't work then your users will just get frustrated and go to another company. Website search usability comes in two parts, the search box itself and the results.


Using Simple Input Detailed Ouput Principles With Web Forms

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 10:23

If you have a web site then the chances are that there will be a form of some kind on there somewhere. This might be a search box, or a contact form or even a tool. There is one thing that should be followed no matter what sort of form you create and this is the rule of Simple Input Detailed Output, or SIDO for short.


Writing Function Code To Be More Readable

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 09:30

Last month I started writing functions in a particular way, which has made my life as a programmer much easier on more than one occasion. No matter how many comments or verbose parameter names you put in you can end up writing code that you will get lost in. The reason is simple. Lets say you had a function that took in a couple of parameters.


The Google Chrome User Agent

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 09:41

As the new Google web browser was released last night (I'm writing this post using the new browser) I thought it would be good to update our readers on the user agent string that this web browser has.

The user agent of any browser can be found out by using the userAgent property of the navigator object. This is available in most modern browsers and is thankfully also present in Google Chrome.


As an example the user agent for FireFox 3 on a Windows XP machine looks like this.


Some Common Timestamp Intervals

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 09:45

Using timestamps is quite a common practice, but converting them into "real life" times can be a little hard. So here are some common time intervals that you might need.