If you want to embed Flash video on your website, you could do a lot worse than use Flowplayer which is an open source Flash player. The set-up process is really easy and there are lots of demos with code on the Flowplayer website. The player has many configuration options including the use of a preview image for your Flash video but the basic set-up only takes a minute or two. Excellent!
- Update: Another review of Flowplayer on Boagworld.
- Related: JW Player is another Flash player option but it’s not free and you’ll need to buy the commercial version if you want to use this for client websites.
Update: With recent Twitter API changes, the method described in this post is now deprecated. Sorry ‘bout that. Here’s the announcement from Twitter.
Twitter has opened its doors a bit more so that you can add its functionality to your website. Its @Anywhere platform allows you to integrate Twitter into your website. Yes, it was possible to add tweets and Twitter data before this but now there’s all sorts of new ways to use Twitter functionality including the hovercard user profile pop-ups that you see on the Twitter website.
This link, Clive Walker on Twitter, is an example. The Twitter call can automatically create links for any instances of the username in your text (if you choose to do this) and it will add the hovercard pop-up. In my case, I prefer to create the links myself and set-up the code so that only links with my class = "tweep" are selected. The Twitter username is required of course and this is parsed from the title attribute of the link; images can be linked in a similar way. With a slight variation in code, the username can also be obtained from the text of the link.
Of course this is a good thing for Twitter because it will spread Twitter across a wider spectrum of websites. However, since I am mentioning Twitter usernames more and more in blog posts, I reckon the pop-ups add something for me as well.
I am reading a new jQuery book from Sitepoint at the moment. It’s called jQuery: Novice to Ninja and it promises to take you from beginner to expert. If you have copied and pasted jQuery code up to now without thinking or knowing how it works, this book could be for you! The book covers a whole range of examples so it’s also very good for intermediates. I have used some of the code from the first chapters already!
The book weighs in at just over 400 pages and is divided into nine chapters that start with the basics of jQuery, and its use for selecting, decorating and enhancing your HTML, and moving on to chapters about, for example, animations, images and slideshows, menus, tabs, and tooltips, and Ajax. The book also includes a final chapter on creating a jQuery plugin and advanced methods for extending jQuery.
I’ll post a more in depth review when I have read through the whole book.
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