Aperture Dramatics

1 October 2009 in Our Work

Aperture Dramatics : http://www.aperturedramatics.co.uk
Again proving that web sites need not be expensive we designed a new site for Lisa at Aperture Dramatics using a similar style to the one produced for Classic Celebrations. Reuse, reduce and recycle – the javascript code was modified for a simple web site and again the flash image viewing plug-ins from Airtight Interactive (http://www.airtightinteractive.com) were used for the portfolio areas.
Lisa then needed an image uploading area for her clients to view and order prints from, so we are incorporating Coppermine picture gallery software (again PHP and MySQL) into the site.




1 October 2009 in Our Work

Arty Bugs Ltd : http://www.artybugs.co.uk
Arty Bugs run art and creative messy play sessions and birthday parties for children and wanted an eye-catching, primary colour design, so we picked a template from http://www.templatesbox.com and set to work making it fit – all within the space of about 2 weeks.
If you have ever used a web template, you will know that the designers do not make them easy to modify, but we changed the colour scheme, all the graphics and kept the basic layout design and developed the new site in PHP to make the content management a little easier.


Classic Celebrations

1 October 2009 in Our Work

Classic Celebrations : http://www.classiccelebrations.co.uk
Back in 2000, Liz at Classic Celebrations had us develop a web site to show off her cakes and wedding dresses. It was a pretty simple design all in static HTML.
Then when Classic Celebrations moved to concentrate more on cakes than dresses, we produced a brand new design for Liz based around her request to have movement and lots of nice graphics so the majority of the current design was developed as flash modules using Swish with the addition of some nice image viewer flash plug-ins from http://www.airtightinteractive.com.



30 September 2009 in Blog

We’re sorting out some re-arranging as the “blog” will merge into the main site so there’ll be just one Developed By Monkeys site instead of two … this might spur us on to start writing some blog posts more often, but who knows.

Business Guys on Business Trips

25 September 2009 in Blog

Developed By Monkeys are very much enjoying the cartoons created by http://businessguysonbusinesstrips.com and in particular the on here : http://businessguysonbusinesstrips.com/?p=107.

Note:  we’ll try and post more than one blog entry per year in future.

Opensource is great

8 October 2008 in Blog

You have to like Opensource products … at Devbymonkeys we’re starting to rely on them.  For online shops there is http://www.oscommerce.org, for bulletin board/forums there is http://www.phpbb.net, for blogs (like this one) there is http://www.wordpress.org, for photo galleries there is http://www.coppermine-gallery.net and for all singing all dancing websites that might have photo galleries, calendars, content management and all sorts of other things we’ve recently used http://www.joomla.org for the first time.  Templates tend to be free and there are always extensions to plug-in and meet your requirements.

Marketing Speak

8 October 2008 in Blog

Here in the office we have one of those Magnetic Poetry games for managers so we thought we’d use it to come up with those dodgy marketing speak slogans for Devbymonkeys as we have no marketeers of our own.  Our first effort after approximately 15 seconds was

“See us integrate excellence, implement synergy and productize (sic) business vision.”

Feel free to use that little gem any time and we’ll get to work on more ;-).

Visual Studio Express installation problem

22 February 2008 in Blog

I received a copy of an application, a windows service, written in VB .Net as a wrapper to an old VB style COM component.  My old Visual Studio 6.0 apps won’t load anything like that unfortunately my Visual Studio 2003 wasn’t quite new enough as the customer’s project was built with VS 2005.  MSDN licences aren’t as easy to come by in the office anymore but I found Visual Studio Express Edition was free : http://www.microsoft.com/express/ – latest version is 2008 but that’ll do I thought and it’s free!!

Only I ran into some installation problems.  Ones like this to be exact:

[02/11/08,17:27:44] ExpressUI: [2] Return for Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Express Tools for Web (x86) indicates a failed installation. DepCheck indicates the component is installed.


[02/07/08,10:44:22] vs70uimgr: DisplayMessage_START:Error 1935.An error occurred during the installation of assembly ‘CppCodeProvider,version=”″,publicKeyToken=”b03f5f7f11d50a3a”,processorArchitecture=”MSIL”,fileVersion=”8.0.50727.813″,culture=”neutral”‘. Please refer to Help and Support for more information. HRESULT: 0x8002802F.

To fix my problems it took about a week.  I mistakenly removed my VS 2003, I re-installed .Net Framework 1.1 and 3.5, installed a seperate copy of Web Designer Core and finally found the blog of Aaron Stebner.  In fact I visited Aaron’s blog several times (http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/) over the next few days until I finally followed a tip of “repairing” my .Net Framework 2.0 installation, not that I thought anything was wrong with it.  To cut a long dull story short, my mscoree.dll seemed to be missing from .Net 2.0.  Re-installing .Net 1.1 had put in an older version of the dll and finally after repairing 2.0 I had a valid copy of it and the install of VS 2008 Express Edition went smoothely.

Unfortunately, by this time my need for VS 2008 had been overcome as I’d found the issue I was looking to fix in some standard ASP pages in use by the customer.