Calling all code monkeys

We're always looking for opportunities to improve this site, and we have a few ideas that could do with some slave labour IT talent to help get that ball rolling.

We've had a few offers in the past - much obliged - but this time we're after something quite specific. So, apologies for going techie... We're looking for a web developer with PHP coding skills, and preferably experience of Apache server configuration and managing a MySQL database. You basically shouldn't mind fixing stuff when we break it. You'll also need enthusiasm, optimism, and should share our common love of Brockley.

If that sounds like your bag, then we'd love to hear from you. Time-wise, we're talking probably a few hours a week, maximum. Those interested should start off by emailing brockleycentral@googlemail.com. We'll then continue the conversation down the Wickham.

Details of improvements to the site will come in due course.

23 comments:

Headhunter said...

Oh dear. No code monkeys. How about just a monkey? I could do that

Brockley Kate said...

We've already got one of those ;-)

b. said...

oh well, if asp.net, javascript, sql server were what you were after I'd be there - my php/mysql skills on the other hand are non existent - although coding is coding?

if you get desperate,shout, ill see if i can get an environment up on my mac and play. how hard/different could it be ... he says.

Me said...

Same here, b, though I do have a little experience with php and mysql.

Not sure if I can offer the time though, since I am moving pads soon.

The Brockley Telegraph said...

I have experience in Pascal and Visual Basic :o)

Brockley Jon said...

Yeah, hi B., I remember your kind offer from before, but it was more in the way of DHTML/Javascript, so I wasn't sure if this would be quite your bag! That's my thing too, and I feel like we need someone with more hardcore server skills. Indeed, we will certainly keep you in mind :)

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine even if TBT offers that anyone would want to take him up... on the offer.

Anonymous said...

Lucky Pascal! (or not)

*Groan*

b. said...

ive got server skill, but as i said in .net (a real CLR) rather than php. sql wouldnt be a problem, but the php may prove a bit slow to learn.

Brockley Fox said...

hey! i would love to offer my services.... only i wont! i am the most useless coder in all existence. however, i was just wondering what it is you want from the site? what else do you want or need that BC doesn;t already provide? are we looking to have our own photo albulm? forums etc?

just curious!

Brockley Nick said...

Well there are several little tweaks we're considering, but the main project is to try and integrate a forum so that people can start up their own conversations, rather than having to post comments in relation to specific articles.

It might stop some of the threads going off topic and will give the site greater immediacy and variety.

nobbly brick said...

Yes, of course, and it can mean that the front garden can be tended whilst the louts can have a fight round the back.

I'm tired of being an anonymous in the closet...

Anonymous said...

A forum definitly sounds like a good idea. The way blogspot works, if the thread you want isn't on the front page or the 'recent comments' section, it often isn't worth bothering with. Imagine how popular the site would be with a proper forum.

I wonder if there'd still be anon access :-O

fabhat said...

Can I suggest you might want to have a research visit to the london-se1.co.uk website for ways to make forums etc work? That's what I was addicted to before I moved to Brockers and dicovered this website. The man who runs it is very helpful - he might have some top tips for you...

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, I like that site and he gave me permission to use one of his photos once!

That's the sort of idea anyway.

fabhat said...

That's good - glad I'm not sending you on wildgooschases - the only worry is that brockley might get a cider obsessed as the se1 lot did...

Anonymous said...

Cider. Now we're talking.

toby said...

you might want to take a look into free hosted forums - that would be a lot easier to set up than doing all that hosting and server setup stuff yourself.

but otherwise i reckon http://getvanilla.com/ could be installed by someone with just a tiny bit of php/mysql experience.

That includes me but I'm not volunteering yet because I know I won't have time before at least end of september. But i'll check back then to see if you're still in need.

Brockley Jon said...

Toby, thanks for almost volunteering, and the info. The thing we (I) really want to avoid is one of those nasty free forums with ads you can't control and a look that doesn't integrate with the rest of the site. I shall definitely look into Vanilla, but we do have a platform in mind though, hence the specific requirements :)

B., I can do some PHP, so perhaps you could be the sql man. We may not even have to call on you - we are in the early stages and assembling a crack team of Brockley IT commandos.

Brockley Kate said...

This is getting worryingly Top Gun-esque ...

Brockley Fox said...

If its a forum your after, then try phpbb. (http://www.phpbb.com) its the best one out there. It allows forums, bviously, with almost no php/sql knowledge. very powerfull with some incredible features.

I have used this many times before, so i could certainly tinke with it if you like. Also, i have 300gb amonth of webspace i'm not using... if you need somewhere to host it.

nobbly brick said...

he's infiltrating...

b. said...

happy to do the sql-ing (that is a word.) would need access to the server and stuff obviously - you guys got the environment up and running or you looking for me to get that done to? not a problem, just wondering.

mailing you my mail address for further discussions.

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