A little bit of web design

I was looking at Mark’s my365 page as he’s also doing a daily photo project, and rather liked his presentation on there.

So last night I put my mind to developing a few lines of code to try to put something similar together. So a bit of Perl code to parse the XML from the RSS feed (yes it’s technical, but fun in a geeky way) from my flickr oneaday feed and I was able to put together a web page of my own which automagically updates whenever I add a photo to the oneaday set on my iPhoto album on my mac (which synchronises with flickr).

Suzy helped me out today with the CSS for laying out the page and in the end this tutorial on floats was also very helpful to end up with my oneaday gallery.

I’l probably tidy it up a little in the future, but it’s not bad for a few hours of work, especially when I consider how long it is since I coded in Perl and php. Definitely a worthwhile exercise, it helps to keep the coding muscles in trim, and I’m teaching web development tools in a couple of weeks.

One a day

Patch - in the fresh snow
The closest the I’m going to get to a new year’s resolution this year is that I’ve decided that I will be taking at least one photograph a day. I got the idea from this post on photojojo which explains some of the reasons behind doing it.

Now today is the 3rd of January, and yes I did start taking photos on the first, and actually posted the first two up to flickr yesterday. I was trying to upload them to facebook, but couldn’t get the syncing from iPhoto to upload more than one photo from the set which had two pictures in uploaded at a time, add hat to the fact that each time I added a new photo to the set it appeared to create a new facebook album meant that I eventually gave up on that and switched over to flickr. Publishing is now easy for me, I just add the picture I selected as today’s photo to the album in iPhoto and it all gets updated in flickr automatically.

The album is called One A Day in my photostream.

I’m actually pretty new to flickr, so I’m still working out what all the features are and how to use them, so I hope that this will also prompt me to learn to use some more of the features in the future.

Have a happy new year and enjoy your photography.