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What I worked on, Fall 2007 edition – Joe Murphy

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What I worked on, Fall 2007 edition

  • Finished a bunch of details on the Planck Studios Photo site. These details include fun things like indexes of all the photos shot with a Hasselblad 503CW (or the Holga 120 FN), an improved home page layout (the big cropped photo across the top adds a spark the previous site lacked), and, huge versions of every photo on the site. The regular-sized photos are 500×500 pixels, which is okay, but there’s just so much detail in these images that you don’t get unless you try out the enlarged version. Regular-sized Chicago South Central Loop shot vs. as-big-as-your-monitor South Central Loop photo.
  • Got the first draft of the Denver Post Ski Report out the door. This app takes snow fall data from Colorado resorts (provided by a vendor, updated every hour), puts it in a database, then spits it back out in a variety of ways on our site. Right now we’re publishing data (both web pages and RSS feeds) for each resort, for the resorts with the deepest snow, for the resorts with the most acres open, and for the resorts who have gotten some recent snowfall. There’s still some cleanup work and fine-tuning left — and there’s one really cool idea we’ve got for another RSS feed — but I’m happy with the database structure and with how the information gets crunched. This was the first time I put a linux shell script to work in a web app (thereby saving PHP for only the things that PHP absolutely had to do), and it’s already not the last.
  • Added more detail to the Most-Commented Articles lists on the Post’s site. It’s not elegant, it’s not built out to the nth degree, it’s just what I could whip together with spare corners of time. If you look on the right column you’ll see a new list of the most-commented articles of the past hour (I like the “past hour” part of that — it’s a good picture on what people are chatting about right now). If you scroll down you’ll see most-commented lists for our news, sports, living, entertainment, business, opinion sections.

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