Well, I’m getting closer. Today should see the launch of a vastly re-designed and developed website of one of my clients.
I’m happy to report that the newly-created website should go live sometime today, baring any last-minute problems, but the client does seem to have a firm grasp of the flexibility of web design and development and seems happy to go live with a few under-nourished sections that we can fatten out later.
For me, this project has been somewhat of a testbed for some stuff I’ve been eager to get my teeth into; namely standards-compliancy, along with being disabilities compliant.
I’m sure we don’t meet with the disabilities stuff 100% of the way. That said, in all of the various tests with the on-line compliancy checkers, we’ve breezed through.
Also, as of last night, I’m close to meeting with a major milestone for an internal project of my own.
I’ve held off discussing this for sometime. I really didn’t want to do the whole vapourware thing and then go and deep-six the project.
I’m working on a suite of web-based applications for the creative market.
This will include various applications for such things as time sheets, invoicing, contact reports, group collaboration, digital asset management and so and so forth.
Here I’ve made good use of what I’ve learned previously to build an extremely flexible architecture that will form the framework atop which all of the other applications will sit.
The advantages being that I will have built a set of common API’s that the various applications will make use of, without me having to reinvent the wheel each time I try doing something else.
Also, the framework contains a number of assets and tools that will allow for an extremely consistent look & feel across all applications.
So for example, no matter what application you’re in, you will see all of your To-Do items, Workgroups, Clients, Contacts and Events, all searchable or viewable via a Calendar with Day, Week and Month views.
I could go on and on and on, but there’s just too much to talk about .. such as user-based privileges, application portability between hardware architectures and database types, being able to search by asking questions like: ‘show all contacts from last month’ or: ‘show all to-dos by Wayne Smallman’.
Needless to say, the framework is nearing completion.