Archive for October, 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008

“A Sane Approach to Database Design”

This has to be the best computer book that I have ever read. If you need a database for any project then the information in this book will ensure that you get the design right. Some of the examples of what can happen when you get it wrong are really funny until you remind yourself […]

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Creating an HTML Head Block

Not sure what all the tags are that you need in the head section of your web page need to contain? Well this form will help you out. Simply fill out the values that the form asks for describing your page and the entire content of the head block will be created for you. Creating […]

Saturday, October 25th, 2008


Earlier this week I sent out the October edition of my “Behind the Scenes” newsletter. If you were not signed up to receive it then you will have to wait another month or so to read it on the site. Make sure that you can read future newsletters when I first publish them by signing […]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Combo Boxes

One form field type that HTML does not provide is the combo box. Now if you disagree with that statement then you have misunderstood what a combo box is and are thinking of a drop down selection list as being a combo box – which it isn’t. A combo box combines the functionality of a […]

Monday, October 20th, 2008

“Refactoring SQL Applications”

One area of your web applications that may be a lot less efficient than it could be are your database accesses. SQL packs a whole lot of power into relatively short statements and one SQL statement may run as much code as dozens of pages of code in your scripting language. Knowing how to rework […]

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Getting rid of the IE6 Image Toolbar

At the time I wrote this page IE6 was the latest version and the only one that added this annoying “feature” to images displayed in the browser. As far as I can tell, it is still the only browser with this annoyance as the “feature” appears to have been dropped from IE7. IE6 users still […]

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Form to Mail Script

My form2mail script was the first significant PHP script that I had written that I decided to offer the opportunity for other people to use. In fact I decided to offer two versions of the script. The free version of the script allows you to have as many fields in the form as you like […]

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

IDE Configuration

Another of my rare articles on computer hardware, this one deals with how IDE works – at least in so far as how you use it to connect up your hardware. IDE Configuration

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Which Browser is That?

As far as I have been able to determine, the most recent browser to contain a bug that couldn’t be detected by feature sensing in the JavaScript (excluding several in Internet Explorer) was in Netscape 4 which didn’t recognise testing for document.layers properly in external files. As that browser is effectively no longer used that […]