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Today, in between sporadic bouts of work, I have mostly been working on my first proper website. Ish.

Despite being a geek, and having been using t'web since I first saw NCSA Mosaic drag its way onto my Sun workstation's screen at some point in 1993, I've never put together a web page any more complicated than a simple, static vanity page, and I've always used publishing tools to do even that.

Mostly, I think, because the bloke wot sits opposite me is a web developer in his other life (he runs a dating website) I've recently been inspired to get learning about web stuff.

So, if I've been a bit quiet of late, it's because I've been playing with HTML and XHTML and CSS and PHP and MySQL and even a bit of (purists look away!) Ajax. I'm still using the odd shiny publishing tool, but I'm choosing carefully so I can have pages which I can write completely from scratch in the mix, and I'm making sure I understand what the tools are outputting for me.

Anyway. Some of you know of my odd habit of collecting unique sentences1. In order to give me something not impossible but vaguely challenging for a beginner, I'm implementing my long-talked-about plan to create a Unique Sentence website, where people can record unique sentences. Depending on how insane/inspired I'm feeling, I may add some user management, maybe a rating facility, discussion forum, etc. Hell, there may even be t-shirts.

So. Plan is to get some kind of vaguely stable alpha-test version out by mid-May. I want to take it kinda slowly, as it's meant just to be a bit of vaguely educational fun. But watch this spaceTM...

1The most recent one in my notebook being "Holy Val Doonican on a stick, Batman!", as said by Mike at work on seeing Keith's new jumper...

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