Website finally live!

After quite a lot of tweaking, I’ve finally uploaded my styled website to my main domain. The site now uses PHP, CSS and HTML 4.01 Strict. The whole thing validates, and I’ve put those little W3C validator buttons on there as proof. Also, they make it a lot easier for me to check whether a page validates or not!


I’ve also released a new program! If you check in the ‘Code’ section, you’ll find a C++ wordcount program for Windows. Having used Linux for three years at university, I got used to certain features that I wasn’t happy to live without. Wordcount is one of those! It was good C++ practice, and it taught me qute a few useful things.


In other news, I created a web questionnaire for the <a href=””>Fen Line Users Association</a>, whose website I maintain. The questionnaire hasn’t gone live yet, but it will before too much longer. It takes people’s answers, escapes any control characters then dumps them in a MySQL database. It’s not exactly a perfect use of a database, but it taught me about using PHP with MySQL, two parts of LAMP. I have no idea whether they’re using Apache on Linux, though, but it was cool all the same.


  1. Louise said,

    July 7, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

    Hello! If you want to use Unix tools on Windows, why don’t you install Cygwin?

  2. Brian said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    Hey Louise,

    I tried installing Cygwin once before, but it wouldn’t work for some reason. I gave in in the end. Have you managed to get it to work on your home machine?

  3. Louise said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Yes, I installed mine about 2 years ago, but I only started using it this year, when I needed to use the Unix Corpora tools to manipulate my unigram/bigram lists for my project.

    I don’t think I can remember of any problems during the installation phase…I just downloaded it from, installed it and there was a bash shell on my desktop ready and waiting. Why don’t you try it again? Let me know of any problems you get, as they may sound familiar to me.

  4. Brian said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    Hi Louise,

    I haven’t heard of those tools before, which isn’t surprising really, considering how different our final year projects were.

    I’ll have a go at installing it again later. Can’t hurt, I suppose.

    I’ve just uploaded my website’s `About’ page – could you have a quick look and give me some feedback, please? 🙂

  5. Louise said,

    July 9, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    Yeah sure

  6. Louise said,

    July 11, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

    Feedback for your ‘About’ page is on Facebook 🙂

  7. Brian said,

    July 11, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

    Feedback read and replied to!

    Hey, d’y’remember when we used to use *e-mail* to communicate? Man, those were the days!

    Cygwin installed pretty smoothly. But the XWin x server isn’t working – it can’t find the default font, apparently. I’ve just found a possible way of fixing it, so let’s hope that works 🙂

  8. Louise said,

    July 13, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    I replied via Facebook too. Nah, email is boring now!

  9. Brian said,

    July 13, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

    But….Facebook? What happens if they go bust or something? Personally, I prefer to have control over all of my correspondence. I have e-mails dating back to the late 90s, somewhere 😀 Since I have no (easy) way of getting my messages off Facebook and into my mail client, I don’t like it. I might have to write a script to rip my Facebook inbox now!

    Why do you find e-mail boring?

  10. Louise said,

    July 14, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    I’m not sure why I find it boring. I think it’s because I have my email client open all day long and if I get an e-mail I’m like “whatever”, but if I get a message via Facebook, I’m like “ooo someone has messaged me on Facebook!”. I’m sure the novelty will wear off soon.

  11. Brian said,

    July 14, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

    So…you enjoy getting messages on Facebook because you have further to go to reply to them? Since you get the full message in the notification e-mail, you only have to go to Facebook to reply… Novel 😉

  12. Louise said,

    July 17, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

    I have switched off my notification emails 🙂

  13. Brian said,

    July 17, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

    Hmm…. so you don’t know that someone’s messaged you until you actually go to Facebook? So it’s not really very good for quick communication, is it? 😛 You could always leave your e-mail client closed for a few hours every day… Then when you opened it again you could be excited about getting messages!
    The whole exercise seems rather pointless 😉

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