Archive for December, 2007

December 13, 2007
Filed Under (Environment, Technology) by Ollie Cronk on 13-12-2007

Servers as bad for the Environment as SUVs? – New Scientist Article

No more Arctic ice in the summer by 2013 (BBC)

Some sites that I’ve come across that are targeting the individual to try and adjust their habits:



December 04, 2007
Filed Under (Environment, PHP, Web Development, Zend Framework) by Ollie Cronk on 04-12-2007

Green500 site Screenshot

London Green500 is an exciting project I’ve been working on for the last few months. The full details of the programme for the London Development Agency will go out next week.

In a nutshell its a Carbon Management program for large organisations in the London area – aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes over the next couple of years. Today the marketing site went live (which is mainly a Content Management System), later in the month the Customer and Administration parts will go live. This post also has a bit of an ulterior motive – getting the site into the search engines – as its brand new and I know my blog is crawled by Google etc.

From a development standpoint the Customer and Admin areas are more exciting as they are powered by the “AEA Framework” which is major initiative I have been working on since I joined AEA earlier in the year as Architect/Senior Developer. Zend Framework (and therefore PHP5) powered, with Smarty for views (of the MVC part) some nice templating and other modules to support the various projects at AEA.

When I can spare a bit more time I’ll post some more stuff on the AEA Framework. All I say for now is that at the moment I’m putting the finishing touches to what we are calling Advanced Forms. Forms that (as an Administrator) you can edit via the site right down to the field and validation level. So you can build complex multi-page forms and ultimately processes with less code – actually mostly from the site itself). We are also integrating YUI components such as the Datatable. Can’t wait to write more about it!

Update on Green500 – see http://www.londonclimatechange.co.uk/greenorganisations/making-it-happen/green500/
and http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=14873

It made it on to the BBC news site too – which is good news.



December 02, 2007
Filed Under (Life) by Ollie Cronk on 02-12-2007

What a year 2007 has been! Mega busy at the moment – will be posting some more articles soon.

Cheers

O