Archive for December, 2007

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Theme for the New Year – Sleeko

Posted on December 31st, 2007 in News | 9 Comments »

If you are reading this in a feed reader then you would have to visit the site to look at the new theme, which I have named Sleeko. The highlights of the theme are:

  • Magazine styled Hompage
  • SEO friendly theme
  • Sports a featured article on the home page
  • Pagination over the categorical articles and on the Home page Latest Articles.
  • Popular articles on the footer of all the page divided into categories.
  • WordPress 2.3 compatible.

Have a look around and please mention any flaws you notice in this theme. Only a few hours are remaining for this wonderful year to pass by. Wish you have a very happy and prosperous new year of 2008! :)

Techtracer 2.0 is Coming

Posted on December 26th, 2007 in News | 1 Comment »

I had been designing a theme for Techtracer 2.0 which would resemble a proper and professional design. The new look would serve purpose for both beginners and technology update seekers alike. The theme would be revealed on the 31st for the coming new year’ eve. I have named the theme as Sleeko which stands for a clean looking, professional and sleek theme. The theme would be my first self designed theme and I am all the more excited to present Techtracer in a brand new way.

Techtracer 2.0

I have decided to keep Techtracer 2.0 strictly adhered to the field of web technology and it would be one of my new year resolutions too! :) The site would be Read the rest of this entry »

GOA Parade!

Posted on December 20th, 2007 in Offbeat | 15 Comments »

I am off to Goa for 5 days starting from tomorrow. Its the eve of Christmas and also the warm welcoming of a brand new year. Till that time there will be no new posts on Techtracer but don’t worry because my mind is filled up with ideas for celebrating the new year on Techtracer in a grand way. What the idea is will be a surprise. :)

Palolem Beach, GOA
Kaushal Karkhanis

But right now, its Goa time folks. Wish you all a Merry Christmas. Ahh… I can smell the sea. Bon Voyage!

The Power Of Google Chart API

Posted on December 17th, 2007 in Featured, Google, Tutorials, Utilities | 33 Comments »

What do you do when you want to show the reports of some particular analysis in your website? Some of the answers to this question would probably be:

  • Use a server side framework to code in the chart
  • Use a database to collect the report data and then code for the framework integration
  • Insert chart image after generating a chart in a software
  • Use some heavy JavaScript libraries which add to the loading time of the page

Google Graph API

But if you had only a few outcomes and wished to show a simple chart in your web page to the readers of your website or blog then probably you would be fixed in a situation like this. The main reasons being: Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Fixed Layout Over Fluid Layout

Posted on December 12th, 2007 in Concepts, Design, Opinions | 5 Comments »

I had been using fluid designs over a couple of months until the big screens came into picture. The fluid designs became so drastically different on those big screens that I found all my imagined design going down the drain. The web site rendered itself in such an ugly manner that it came down to negative remarks of the big flat screen owner. So the ultimate question to me was, why did I choose a fluid layout in the first place?

Fixed Layout vs. Fluid Layout
Image Credit – mountaingoat

If you are bewildered about the fluid and fixed terminology then their concepts are somewhat self-explanatory: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Rules For A Good Web Design

Posted on December 10th, 2007 in CSS, Design | 30 Comments »

Designing a theme or a website can be a nightmare if done in a haste. I am currently trying to develop a good theme for Techtracer and found out that designing is typing in some HTML and CSS to bring out what you are visualizing. Web Design should follow some rules and it requires proper planning to do so. I have taken down some rules that I realized they should have been followed while I began designing the new theme. I would like to share those with you.

Web Designing Rules
Image Credit – louisedesign

Rule #1 : Lay out the Blueprint First

This is a must. Do not start your web design just on the assumption of a that you have a design in mind and you would want to see it in reality. Believe me, it never happens this way and if it doesn’t then you would just get frustrated at the failure and give up on the design in the mid way. What you must do is Read the rest of this entry »

Hilarious Web 2.0 Song

Posted on December 6th, 2007 in Web 2.0 | No Comments »

I came across a song on Web 2.0 today titled “Here Comes Another Bubble“. It’s absolutely hilarious. It makes a rather sarcastic remark on the recent surge in the number of social networks, blogs, startups etc springing up in every nook and corner of the web today. If you remember, the first bubble was the dot com bubble which took place in the late 90’s.

The song is really catchy and has a foot tapping tune. The lyrics, mind blowing. I listened to it almost 3 times back to back. And hey, it also mentions about Larry Page and Sergey Brin. :)

The part of the song which I liked most was, Read the rest of this entry »

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