Grand website plans

As well as providing a home for this blog, I have other plans for my new hosted space.

Obviously as a software engineer writing middleware software at IBM I spend my working day designing and developing Java. However, like most, I’ve not been able to ignore the huge amount of Web 2.0 stuff using PHP, Javascript, REST, JSON, AJAX, Rails and more. Combined with the number of APIs out there from the likes of flickr, Google, Amazon, Yahoo etc. then it is no surprise that the age of the situation application has arrived. I’ve had a bit of an introduction to some of these technologies through some work I’ve been doing over the past six months or so, but it is time to really start to educate myself.

As such I plan to use this site to start playing with this stuff, outside of the direct work environment. I have a few ideas for what I’m going to do, and REST, JSON and the flickr APIs are top of the list to start with.

For the time being, there is a rather static index page at http://www.adrianspender.com which was very quickly created using the iWeb application that ships as part of the iLife suite on Macs. All it does at the moment is link to flickr and this blog, but as I progress I’ll add links to the stuff I’m doing, as well as blogging about them here of course.

So to anybody who has made it over from the old blog, this post is my statement of intent. I’m writing this to make sure I make the time to do this stuff and you can hold me to account. I have a terrible habit of garnering huge initial enthusiasm for tasks like this which then fall by the wayside. So if you don’t see some cool stuff appearing here soon, give me a gentle nudge! If I don’t do it then I might as well have stayed at wordpress.com

One thought on “Grand website plans

  1. I have a terrible habit of garnering huge initial enthusiasm for tasks like this which then fall by the wayside.

    I think we can probably all empathise with that sentiment – I know I can! But I love cool stuff, and I’m always up for trying any funky flickr gadgets that appear, so good luck.

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