This web site has been designed with the following objectives in mind:
- Interesting content
- Up to date information
- Inclusion of content submitted by users
- Clean and uncluttered layout
- No annoying adverts
- Easy readability
- Easy Navigation
- Fast loading pages
- Cross browser compatability
- Bias towards 'Open Source' technologies
- Ease of maintainence
Various technologies have been utilized in order to acheive these objectives. The main technical components used to build this site are:
All data underpinning this site is stored in a MySQL database. MySQL is an 'Open Source' project that has built up considerable popularity as an effective alternative to the more cumbersome and expensive databases available from the software giants. It's a no frills package that's been designed primarily for speed and reliability. You can find out more about this database at www.mysql.com.
All web pages on this site have the file extension "php". This designates them as files containing intructions written in the PHP scripting language. PHP is a server side scripting language. This means that all interpretation of these scripts is done by our server before transmition of the page over the internet to your client computer. This minimizes the work that your computer has to perform to interpret and display the page. Thus helping the pages to load quickly, provided of course that our server has the necessary capacity and is fast enough to cope with volume of traffic. You can find out more about PHP at www.php.net.
All design and maintainence of this web site is done by Dan Guest.