Archive for February, 2012

FAST.Q Meets Dev8D

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 by Peter James Anderson

So FAST.Q recently took a trip to London for the Dev8D conference. With Dev8D being focused on HE it was a perfect place to get feedback about FAST.Q from other developers.

Along with DIVERSE, we took a trip down to the University of London Union. During the 3 day conference we managed to do lots of networking and give a ‘lightning talk’.

The lightning talk gave us the chance to tell other developers what FAST.Q was all about. Within the 5 minute talk we managed to explain all we wanted to about the FAST.Q project with a lengthy discussion after. From this we managed to get a few new ideas and some great feedback on current ideas.

With everything we managed to get done during the 3 days, FAST.Q also managed to win the ‘Best Flasher’ award.

What is CWD and why are we using it on the Fast.Q project?

Posted on February 9th, 2012 by Boaz Yehezkel

Greetings,

It has been a while since we last blogged about the progress of the Fast.Q (full development update to follow shortly) and I would just like this chance to explain one of the tools that we are using to construct the visual aspect of our system, the Common Web Design (CWD) which has been developed here at the University of Lincoln.

This is an HTML5/CSS3 framework which is currently powering many of the projects here at the university, and it aims to enable us as web developers to rapidly develop attractive, cross browser/platform compliant and valid interfaces. In doing so it also creates a sense of unity in look and feel across all university projects.

We have decided to use the CWD as it saves a lot of time implementing our front-end which means we can focus more on the clever stuff that happen behind the scenes.  It also sets to promote the thriving developer community here at the university and communities such as LNCD. There is a real sense of students being at the centre of the university research projects, and using technologies such as the CWD means that we have the support needed to let us engage further with the higher education experience (which we love here on the Fast.Q project).

The most attractive part of the CWD is that we do not have to worry about creating a beautiful interface and then spend an eternity ironing out CSS bugs for older browsers.That is all taken care of by the CWD, we just build our interface and away we go (it also supports mobile device rendering which is a mega bonus).

We will be using v3.0 (Edradour) however speaking to Alex Bilbie (a fellow student and developer of CWD) the new release is imminent which will be interesting to see which new features we could implement for the Fast.Q project.

Stay tuned for updates on the progression of the Fast.Q project

Boaz