Category Archives: Coding

Coppermine Files in Google Map

:idea: If you use Coppermine Photo Gallery and have taken photos in different locales, you can now pinpoint where those photos were taken with a mod I have been working on. Instructions for the mod are posted in the thread called Coppermine photos/files on Google Maps. To see the map of places where I have taken some photos, check out my Gallery Map.

There are some things I would like to do to improve it, but I’m proud of what I have accomplished so far. The Google Maps API uses javascript, of which I knew little so it’s a feat for me to accomplish what I did.

Coppermine in Google Maps

Like a kindergartener…

Now that I’ve learned some of the very basics of PHP, I went back to this forum’s PHP files that I tried to edit before. Previously, I was almost illiterate when I tried to edit, and only was able to find what I was looking for by doing a search for particular text strings.

This time around, it was really cool because I was able to understand the language a little bit more. It felt like I was a little kid who just learned the key to reading. Although I don’t have that vast of a vocabulary (for PHP) right now, I get the gist of the grammar, so things make a lot more sense now. :)

I see so much potential in what I can do… even stuff that I could apply to work. I’ve already created a useful upload page (not for work, though). So, I created a subdomain where I would share the useful PHP applications I could make. I have yet to publish my PHP creations, though.

PHP is Phat!

My first exposure to web design using PHP was with my forums. The creation of my forums was easy because my web host has a function that automatically installed the forum for me. However, since then, I have wanted to customize the look and function of the forum, and the only way I was able to accomplish what I wanted was to edit the PHP files themselves. Although I didn’t know how to code in PHP, I was able to figure things out by pattern recognition, since I’m familiar with reading other types of code.

Since then, I realized the beautiful potential of PHP. I’m thinking and hoping that it could solve my dilemma with the posting of my photos. It’s time-consuming to create individual pages for my different photo pages. I do use templates from previous pages to make things easier. However, when I want to change the look of my pages, I have to go into each page to update them. It’s very daunting and discouraging, and it was what kept me from updating my pages for a long time.

Using server-side includes helped a lot to reduce redundant work, but it wasn’t enough. I felt that there must be some solution, but I hadn’t encountered it yet, so I waited, and I think I’ve found it in PHP. I’ll see if that is the case as I learn more about it. I think it’s important to update my photo pages since they were the reasons I bought my domain and web host in the first place! However, it has been worth it just to have my email accounts with my own domain and learning to code other pages besides my photography pages. :)

My co-worker lent me his book on beginning PHP, PHP for the World Wide Web, by Larry Ullman. I really like it so far. It’s easy to understand, and it’s so neat to follow the instructions and scripts on my computer and see the code work! I have encountered a glitch, but the author’s website had a helpful forum that informed me that my server’s newer version of PHP was causing the incompatibility because the book was written before the new PHP version came out. The forum showed me the workaround, which resolved the glitch and all was well again. :clap:

Feedback on my photography sites

I originally bought my domain and hosting service to share my photography. However, after switching to my fourth host, I was tired of tweaking my code to make it work with the new host’s system. I also had feedback that the page format I used to display my photos wasn’t too great. I played around with coding to find new, more effective ways to present my photos, but was unable to do so. Thus, my site was neglected for a while.

Recently, I have new incentive to update my website, and have completed the code tweaks for the pages that I have already created. However, I am not going to add new pages until I can decide on a viable format.

For my portfolio-quality photography: http://takethu.com/

:help: I would appreciate feedback on how the format works or doesn’t work for you on your computer system.

Thanks! :)