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Building Easy Flickr – Step by Step

Monday, June 16th, 2008

As several people asked how I did the easier Flickr interface, I wrote up some step-by-step instructions, analyzing the issues and then taking the API to work around them.

An easier interface to Flickr

Check out How to create an alternative Flickr interface – step by step.

This is one example where providing a good API can empower developers to remove barriers you might not be aware of for you. I hope to be able to show you more of those in the future.

The code examples are available and are licensed with BSD, so feel free to re-use them.

Easy Flickr – just the photos please

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Following the accessibility hack of YouTube I thought the same could be done for Flickr, and here it is:

Alternative interface to browser Flickr photos easier

Easy Flickr is a very basic interface to look for photos and click through them 20 at a time. It works with and without JavaScript.

Update: It seems there is some confusion as to how this interface works. The main photo is linked to (as per API guidelines) and you can navigate up to 20 results by clicking the lower thumbnail to go forward and the upper one to go backward in the results list. This also works with a keyboard and in JAWS but I need to make it more obvious with a hover state and some labels for screen readersand I added some roll-overs and texts for screen readers to make it more obvious..

If you want to host the interface yourself, you need a server with PHP and cURL, but that’s it. Simply unpack the zip file and change the look and feel by changing the style sheet.

flickr trackr – my first attempt and dabbling with the iPhone/iPod touch

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I was pretty amazed when I got a thick envelope the other day from Apple. Steven Woolcock, the Safari Evangelist in Europe sent me an iPod touch to play with as I complained about not being able to test something he told me about. Now, as every other 12 year old boy on a sugar rush would have done I delved right into dabbling with the new toy and here’s my first result:

demo of a search on an iphone with flickrtrackr

The code is pretty dirty at the moment, but does the trick. Thanks must go to Steven for lending me the iPod Touch, David Dorward, Neil Crosby and Michele Gera for on-the-spot testing and Norm for giving me his phone for the screenshots.

What do you think? The whole thing is of course Creative Commons and you can download the source package.

Flickr’s secret revealed!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Dan Coulter spilled the beans on the developer list:

On Feb 12, 2008 1:53 AM, {removed} <{also}@{removed}.com> wrote:
Can some one tell me , in which Progaming language has flickr been
and can we get the clone
Highly unlikely
how can we develop the same application line this in php.......
Hire a world class team and pay them a crapload of money.

The bastard :)