Archive for October 5, 2007

Azeem Ahmad – Week 1 Idea – Flash

Hi, I’m Azeem Ahmad and i’ma journalism specialist studying Media and Communication, in my final year at Birmingham City University. The purpose of this post is to let the rest of the class, and the world know what i’m planning on doing for my final project.

I am looking into designing a basic flash game, either aimed at adults, or children – not both. I have two very basic ideas for my game, and both will require me to learn a whole lot more of the Flash software as my knowledge of it is very basic.


My first idea is a game aimed at adults, where the choices they make during the game can affect the outcome of it. It will be very basic, and takes some of the features that upcoming game TimeShift has as its strongest selling point.

My second idea is a childrens platform game, where they learn as they play. For example, the main character could encounter potential maths, or English problems, and work the answer out from a number of multiple choices.


  • Manipulation of the main object in flash is something I dont know.
  • Learning this, and implementing may not be achievable in the time given.
  • As a journalist/designer, what will this project add to my skills?

Other Ideas

I may also think of an idea around combining key RSS feeds into one, as many internet users face the problem of visiting several news, video, and blog websites to get their daily ‘fix’ of information. I will be spending most of this week looking into flash, and manipulation of objects, and if i dont think that it is achievable in the time given, combining RSS feeds is the way forward for me.


Marc Taylor – PHP?

PHP has grown since its creation in 1995 to one of the largest and most prominent coding languages powering the World Wide Web. The creator Rasmus Lerdorf created the language as a way to organise his online resume. It was named ‘Personal Home Page Tools’ (PHP). Later he updated the coding to communicate with databases as well as giving users the ability to develop simple dynamic Web applications.

In order to help in the development of the coding (to help fix bugs and to improve the coding,) he released PHP for users to interact and manipulate. Since its release to the internet in 1995 two more web developers, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski (working with Rasmus Lerdorf), helped in the development of the PHP, after their interest in PHP’s database coding abilities. It has since spawned 5 versions; PHP2.0 – 1997, PHP3.0 – 1998, PHP4 – 1999, PHP5; 2004.

 Advantages of using PHP?

Compared to other scripting languages, PHP’s has many advantages; its release to the internet in 1995 (to help in the development of the coding) has spawned a huge amount of PHP developers, which makes it very stable against bugs and errors. PHP also provides many levels of security against web users and hackers. Its main advantages for developers are that it is very quick to use, as well as being simple to learn, it works on almost any platform, as well as working alongside other codes (e.g Javascript) and being open sourced.


The only disadvantage I found was that Error handling is not as sophisticated as Cold Fusion or ASP.

PHP is considered as one of the most important coding languages on the internet world, and due to this, I feel it is required to learn. The ability to create CMS’s for clients to update their websites seem to be a godsend, as from experience clients always want everything and quickly (so the ability for them to update the sites personally will save a lot of time and hassle for them and myself). Also I plan to use the coding on my production project this year, in order to create an online community. After researching into coding’s I felt that PHP was the better option as competing websites such as and both use the coding. Its optimisation options compared to that of ASP which can be seen in is a lot more advanced

In order to help me learn PHP I plan to use the websites which offers both advance and beginner tutorials which offers tutorials for people who know nothing about PHP – which offers tutorial and coding examples

Books which will help me include:

Beginning PHP and MySQL 5: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by W. Jason Gilmore (Paperback – Jan 23, 2006)

Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8 by David Powers (Paperback – Dec 19, 2005)
Learning PHP 5 by David Sklar (Paperback – Jul 2004)Illustrated