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Week Five – Day Five

Today was a great day – work was fun, learned about including special characters by using PHP instead of having to type in the ampersand (&) and all the special text each time.

But the highlight of the day was finding out that my daughter has been accepted to Kemptville University for September! We have been waiting and hoping for this for what seems like forever – and we are all delighted about it. She will be doing the Equine Technology Diploma program, and also concurrently the Riding and Coaching Certificate program. So she will be living in residence there, and taking our horse, Chips, along with her. Hopefully she will start a blog about her experiences there, or maybe I’ll just have to content myself with lurking her Facebook page….

That means I’ll have to find a job pretty quickly once this internship is over, since I’ll be wanting to have a horse here for myself!

Week Five – Day Four

.htaccess – I know a new swear word! .htaccess! This little file has all sorts of magic powers, none of which I seem to be able to harness correctly. I feel kind of like the sorceror’s apprentice – everywhere I point my wand, something happens, but usually not what I wanted to happen!

But, really – how hard can it be? I mean, the people who use this stuff are humans, just like me – and I do know how to use the .htaccess file to direct visitors to a custom 404, and to prevent file index listings from appearing if the index file is missing or misnamed in a directory, so I know I can figure this out if I just read enough stuff online. (But most of the articles seem to be written in something resembling Sanskrit or Urdu – cetrainly not English or any language I am familiar with. I guess maybe they are written for people who are a whole lot more familiar with the Apache server environment than I am.)

Anyway, wish me luck, the quest continues tomorrow…

Week Five – Day Three

Well, I didn’t post yesterday, because I finally went to see AVATAR ( if I thought I could communicate like that with my horse, I’d wear a braid for the rest of my life!). It was a fabulous movie, but at well over two hours long I don’t see going back umpteen times – I have too much to do and too little time as it is!

Anyway – today was a good day. I learned how to to a mod_rewrite to redirect one html page to another – this is useful if you have a new site but don’t want to lose all the built-up SEO rankings for your old site.

Essentially what it does, is, when the URL of the old site comes up in a search, when the user clicks on that link, they are seamlessly and invisibly redirected to the new page – pretty slick and something that will come in useful in the future, I am certain.

Week Five – Day One

Well, I thought things were going very well. I have arranged to work slightly offset hours (10 to 6 instead of 9 to 5) so as to miss the worst of the commute, and this morning the drive was a breeze – less than an hour! That`s about 50 minutes off my normal time. I can only hope the homeward journey goes as smoothly.

But I guess it never pays to get too comfortable – halfway through the day I found out I had missed a whole bunch of stuff in the site I have been working on.

To be fair, I was told at the beginning to just slice the images and set up the HTML and CSS – what I didn’t realize was that there are pages and pages of content that have to be added as well! And although all the files were in a folder on the key they gave me, I thought they were just there because the designer forgot to take them out before he gave me the image files, and I didn’t think it was my business to poke around and pry into stuff I hadn’t been specifically told to work with. Now I realize I should have taken the initiative and looked at ALL the files they gave me – then I would have known that there was an awful lot of content waiting to be dealt with. GAK!

So, after discussing it for a while, Alex had me cut up one of the pages I had done and create several smaller PHP pages, and we’ll load the content from them into the main container page (also PHP) dynamically – who knew I’d be doing so darn much PHP, eh? But I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and seeing how the heck these pages are going to be organized so they load properly.

The drive home was smooth and fast – I really like this, and I hope it continues – that today was not a fluke.