Graph - Annual Temperatures (Java) 27 Jul, 2009

This is an experiment with the use of Java applets to provide highly interactive charts and graphs embedded within a web page. It is just an example so the data it shows is not hugely meaningful - in this case a set of annual hourly air temperature values. However, it is an opportunity to play with my primitive attempt at an interactive and intuitive date range control. This control sits at the bottom of the chart and provides a means for selecting a date range for the values shown.


Embedding Java Applets 29 Jun, 2009

Embedding Java applets in a web page should be pretty trivial, there is even an 'applet' HTML tag specifically for that purpose. However, it turns out this is now deprecated in favour of the new 'object' tag. As usual, this new tag is implemented differently by different browsers so it ends up being anything but trivial.


Browser Detection Methods 28 Jun, 2009

Whilst there may be many reasons for wanting to know which browser your web page is being viewed within, the main one I find is needing to tweak some CSS or embedded applet code to accommodate certain rendering inconsistencies. At first glance, this seems pretty easy with dynamically-generated pages as most server-side programming or scripting languages provide a way of doing this as the page is being assembled for delivery. However, for both static web pages and content that is likely to be cached by a content management system (CMS) it isn't so easy. This article therefore considers a range of available browser detection methods.


BS2009 Workshop 18 Jun, 2009

I will be presenting a 1-day workshop at the Building Simulation 2009 conference in Glasgow on Friday the 31st of July, 2009. This will cover the use of BIM data for a range of different types of performance analysis and the best ways to convert and transfer what you need.


My First Post 12 Jun, 2009

Now that Ecotect is part of Autodesk and squ1.com is to be shut down in favour of ecotect.com, I need a place to post information on presentations and a home for some personal projects and musings. Thus, I created this blog.