#100DaysofCode – PHP edition

I switched The Whisker Shop over to use some PHP. Originally (and part of my WD4E capstone), it was HTML, CSS, and a little JS, but I wanted to keep the JS to a minimum, so it still involved a lot of repetition, copying and pasting the same code between pages, which was just annoying and antiquated.

So I put down some PHP, created a whole separate header file for the nav bar, and updated everything. I also removed the JS Lightbox from the gallery, because a Lightbox for 6 pictures felt a little silly. The site loads a lot faster now, too, although I still plan on making the photos load faster in the future, and finding a more attractive way to display that gallery page. Front-end isn’t my forte but enough people have done so many beautiful things before me, that I’m confident I can make this even prettier.

In the shorter term, I plan on updating the nav bar with a pure-CSS drop-down menu.

#100DaysofCode – link scraping script (python)

I found this great Pythonic HTML parser today and wrote a quick script for snagging the links off a page.


# !/usr/bin/python

# takes URL as input, outputs all links to a file
# requires the excellent pythonic HTML parser, requests_hmtl
# parser source: https://github.com/kennethreitz/requests-html

from requests_html import HTMLSession
import os, sys

def maketextfile(linklist, filename):
    with open(filename, 'a+') as file:
        for link in linklist:
            file.write(link + '\n')

def main():
    print("\nThis is a tiny link scraper!\n")
    # destination file for your links:
    filename = 'linklist.txt'
    # get URL source:
    url = input("Enter a complete URL: ")
    session = HTMLSession()
    r = session.get(url)
    linklist = [link for link in r.html.absolute_links]
    maketextfile(linklist, filename)
    print("\nFinished! Your file {} is located at \n {}\n".format(filename, os.getcwd()))


(part of my tiny scripts repository on github.)

#100DaysofCode – a file renaming script (python)

I can’t stand doing the same task more than 10 times in a row if there’s a way to automate it. My recent website projects have involved a lot of compressing and renaming image files, and the process is tedious. I fixed it:


# !/usr/bin/python

''' takes source and destination strings as input, and changes names of files in the local directory. '''

import os, sys

def fileRename(src, dest):
    for filename in os.listdir("."):
        if src in filename:
            newname = filename.replace(src, dest)
            os.rename(filename, newname)

def main():
    src = input("What is the substring you need to change? ")
    dest = input("What would you like to replace it with? ")
    fileRename(src, dest)


# ls
print("Process complete! New directory contents:\n{}".format(os.listdir(os.getcwd())))

(part of my tiny scripts repository on github.)


I’ve been sussing out the details for a photo gallery… Mostly playing with CSS and Lightbox so far. I came upon a treasure trove of photos taken by a friend who passed away a year ago, and I’d like to share them with the world.

There is the main page with a basic/sample Lightbox… There will be many more photos in a gallery page and more Lightbox tweaking in the future: Eternity’s Sunrise.

Some web dev thoughts: I don’t feel like I have an eye for design, but I really enjoy tangible end results. This is why I like the idea of working on a team– I can contribute in ways that don’t involve beautification (but accessibility-improvements! those I can do!) while the real artists make things pretty. 🙂

Still, though. I think Jerry would’ve liked this gallery. He always liked simple, accessible sites.