A New Look - Standards

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Visitors of will have noticed a change in the 'tone' - haha - good one! It's gone all grey (or gray in CSS terms)

With this week quite quiet except for revision, I have had some time to sort the pages out, tidy up some of the old stuff and bring in the new. The main reason for doing so is standards compliance. I have looked into my crystal ball to see what is up and coming and thought ahead so to keep this version of the framework lasting a long time. The answer was clear: HTML 5

I have converted all my output to the HTML 5 Spec (draft) so when it does come - I'm ready!

"But if it is not a here- why use it?"

The main reason is, most decent browsers have HTML 5 support. By decent I mean Firefox, Chrome, Safari. If you are using Internet Explorer then I'm not sure what you'll see when you load this website.

"What is new then?"

The doctype (not very interesting), the header and nav elements are being put to use; I am looking forward to experimenting with databse, location, audio, video and canvas tags in the coming future.

So with all this I went along and checked, re-checked and indeed validated all my pages. Obviously my lovely web hosting service (000 Webhost) have decided to add a script to the end of all my files outside of the end html tag so that throws up 2 errors but all my stuff is clean! I am now also WAI compliant - meaning that I am accessible to everyone (with a decent browser).

I will introduce a bit of colour (color in CSS) soon but for now I'm going to validate all my API output for standard RSS viewers to be able to display the information rather than having people to develop their own reader. I will document this when it arrives.

Linked Web

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Linked Web Map


I have been working hard to try and get everything linked and talking together. I have got a copy of all my tweets and tracks I play, wether it be on iPhone, PC, internet, LastFM etc. This is all copied over to db1 now and thus will be accessible through the API. I havn't quite got all the way - still to do is to check for new tweets and the API bit - but it's a work in progress.

With this data I will be coming up with a syncronised stats page eventually that will update itself making calls from the API, very nice!


I have also completed transferring the whole website over to HTML 5 - obviously with it still in development, a lot more changes need to be made but I'm currently going through the syntax and getting rid on 'divs'.

The picture above shows how linked my stuff is so far - I'm sure it will be expanding as time goes on!

QR Code Generator

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Merry Christmas to you!

A little hint on what is going to be released in the next few days... more API...more music... more interactivity!

Firstly- a have just released a little tool for you to use QR Code Generator is just a nice easy tool for you and me to make image shortcuts. I have been trying it out on my phone with the same software that I had on my old Sony Ericcson i-nigma.

Secondly- I have been very busy databasing my music library. As with the blog, I am copying things to a MySQL database for easy peasy access to my content. This will feature on the API soon so look out.

Also been watching some hak5 and done a load of revision!

API and New Blog



You are reading my blog - hosted 100% on with tags and comments gallore. Why?

I have been developing the API, I have so far completed track, photo, help, twitter, contact, password manager, user and just minutes ago blog.

If you visit you can see exactly how you can access data through my API, everything is returned as xml as a result. You can make a query which has a method (the things mentioned above), an object and attribute. Not all methods have objects/attributes but all that can be seen from the help. The structure is easy peasy

and that's it!

One of the main features of the API is it's superfast as all it's returning is database entries. This is the main reason for the API - to access data outside of this website domain where you can't get into the database. I can now just make calls to the API from any domain and cache that for super speedy results.

The Blog - this is why I have had to recover all my blog posts from Google. I have taken the opportunity to put together a really fast and more superior blogging system that allows for tags and comments. With this now all posts are available straight from the address bar. Similar to the API, their is a very nice schematic way of accessing the blog.

  • takes you to the last 20 entries
  • gives you all posts
  • tag gives you all posts relating to that tag
  • dylanjones/blog/id/34 is the unique url for each individual article

There may be even more ways of accessing posts in the future, we shall see. I shall see be posting to Google Blogger hopefully, this is a test post to see if it's possible - we'll have to see how all the html tags go down over on the other side.

As ever the code will be up and available eventually, I'm going to start editing and commenting code tomorrow with any luck after some revision.

Keep Watching!