Blue Link Webs produces small and medium Web sites for business. We're experts at database-driven Web sites using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) and AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).

The Blue Link Webs Tool Kit

We think we can develop better Web code than even the best tools available. However, we also think that would be like cutting a lawn with scissors; it would take a long time and be very expensive. Each patch might be perfect, but an overall uniformity would be very hard to achieve. The tools are improving as well, and, for 90 to 95 percent of a Web project, we've identified tools that can generate code as good as we could write by hand. By working with a small collection of sharp tools, we can complete Web projects faster than anyone could do by hand, and we can still hand-code that requires it.

By keeping our set of tools small, we can be experts in using each of them. By choosing our tool set well, we can accomplish requirements. We've adopted a small set of page development tools, and we focus on specific technologies for both browser-centered (client-side) and server-side functionality. Whenever possible, we practice component-based development. Just as a home builder would usually not fabricate doors and windows at the job site, we have a collection of components that can be built in to our Web projects without having to reinvent them every time.

Page development: Our principal page development tool is Adobe Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver is a high-end tool that can automate a lot of the drudgery of creating Web pages. We will use Dreamweaver to create templates for each page design. We also use HTMLKit, a code editing tool, for page editing and program development. We will suggest that you license Adobe Contribute, a word-processor-like tool that will let you update pages created with Dreamweaver or other tools. Contribute protects the page design so that you don't change the design accidentally while working on the content. A license for Contribute costs about $100.00.
  • Client-Side Functionality
    • CSS Templates
    • JavaScript and DHTML
    • AJAX
  • Server-Side Functionality
    • Linux
    • Apache
    • MySql
    • PHP
  • Component-Based Development
    • Templates
    • Wikimedia
    • Blogs
    • Forums