Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Day 2 of 32

Yesterday I ate 2080 calories and 103 grams of protein. Body weight this morning was 169.2lbs.

Today I did DDR for cardio. My daily food breaks down to 1975 calories and 100 grams of protein.

Gripfaq.com development is making strong progress. Over the past two days I have:

1. Started using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express edition as my development tool
2. Added Amazon Affiliate links to allow "Buy from Amazon.com" buttons
3. Completed the C# conversion of my Admin tool
4. Added administration of videos and Amazon affiliate links
5. Made the entire site XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant
6. Made the entire site CSS 2.1 compliant
7. Improved the printing quality in IE quite a bit

The new development tool is excellent. After using notepad for so long, I really appreciate syntax highlighting and IntelliSense. I should have bothered with changing over a long time ago.

I do not have high hopes for the amazon links, but getting the motivation to complete the C# conversion of my admin tool makes them well worth my efforts. My admin tool was actually broken the past couple months, so this will really help with getting new content up.

Efforts to make the site XHTML compliant paid off more than I expected. Outside of improved accessibility, I was able to simplify some of the site structure, discovered a subtle CSS bug that was impacting printing in a big way, and identified an error with my Amazon Affiliate links that would prevent them from ever working.

Printing is slowly coming along. I still have a lot of work to do in Firefox and Opera. IE is close to what I am looking for. I had originally hoped to prevent entries from breaking across pages unless they were more than a page long, but it is looking like a long shot given the current state of CSS print attributes in today's web browsers.

The contract work I had scheduled for the rest of this week looks like it is going to push back to the weekend, so I expect more gripfaq.com development to happen tomorrow and Thursday. Without the option of going out for all I can eat, my long trips to the mall have lost much of their luster.