Neil Young Blog

When working with videos it is sometimes preferable and cost effective to utilise a service such as YouTube to serve them to users that visit your website. Recently we had to use YouTube videos that need to be updated on a button click for a project which users could vote for their favourite video.

Posted on September 08, 2015

Ever wonder why your page displays slowly on Mobile or a Desktop device? This is a very frustrating thing for a user and can cause drop off from your website. The main reason is the load of many blocking css files, images and Javascript files. This can be remedied using a distribution tool and there are a few out there at the moment and I am going to talk about how to work with Javascript libraries and CSS files in development and then get them ready for a production environment.

Posted on May 18, 2015

My first experience with Pixel & Tonic came with their use of plugins for the popular CMS solution Expression Engine. I used this to build and oversee applications for a number of touch screens running in a tourist space in California. This included the use of their Assets plugin, Field Pack and Matrix plugin.

Posted on May 07, 2015

Every now and again we put together a Facebook tab to promote various campaigns across various countries around the world. With the introduction of Facebook's business manager we are starting to properly localise our applications so we can use one application that handles multiple localisations with one Facebook developer application. Facebook passes two pieces of data via its signed request that we can use to achieve this. The country that the page is being viewed from and the users language that they select with they initially sign up. This provides us with enough information to appropriately display content based on their region. When we localise tab applications we normally use an XML document to hold all the content on the page and links to images etc... This allows us to pass on the XML document to people in the office so that it can be populated with the locale content accordingly. Obviously this can be achieved in other ways such as localised through a PHP page or different localised database tables.

Posted on March 26, 2015

Slack is a collaboration tool that allows teams to work closely together. We setup Slack recently after it became apparent that we needed to deeply integrate the service into our work flow. It also has some great little tools for developers like creating text and code snippets. You can even create posts straight out of the entry box!

Posted on March 20, 2015

After working on many responsive websites at Substance it was always in my mind to rebuild my website with a responsive first mentality. An important part of responsive web design is making sure that you build from mobile up. This will allow you to be able to set the minimum css rules and build on those as you hit each break point on your website.

Posted on March 05, 2015