Finest hour of a logo prototype

A funny thing I was told – a quick logo I drafted for a website prototype is currently being used on that company’s stationary and handouts. If I could have predicted that, I would have invested more time in that logo mockup, of course

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DoubleYourYield Frontpage 2014

It has already become a good tradition that every November I redesign the frontpage of DoubleYourYield.com service. The 2014 version of the frontpage is now dynamic and responsive, powered by amazing pagePiling jQuery plugin written by the genious mind of Alvaro Trigo. Mervyn Hecht, the owner of DoubleYourYield.com, says: “Anton, we’re in a meeting here […]

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How to rename administrator folder in Joomla 3.xx

I can think of at least two reasons for one wanting to change path name to the administrator folder of their Joomla website. Firstly, it’s a good way to trick hackers, which, not being able to find a way to the backend login form, won’t be able to brute force the password. Another reason is […]

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Ultimate ОLХ scraper, part 2

Remember that OLX scraper I wrote last year for my clients? More than a half year later OLX has finally blocked my clients’ IP address, thus blocking the scraper. So I ended up adding proxy support to it (the subroutines are available on my GitHub account), which made the scraper an invincible parsing machine: a […]

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Feed Aggregator/Converter

Created a server-side feed aggregator for a client. It accumulates content of multiple feeds and puts them into designated “data containers”, while simultaneously reordering feed items according to a given set of rules. The solution is developed for Joomla CMS and supports two types of feeds: photo- and article feeds. Article feeds can have images […]

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FileMobile Joomla Module

In Joomla CMS, modules are widgets that reside on the pages and serve a certain purpose. I created a module, which uploads media files to a FileMobile storage accessible via RESTful API. Features: 1. Allows to upload several files simultaneously (drag-and-drop option included). 2. Displays thumbnails. Here’s how it looks like on a page: I’m […]

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Ultimate ОLХ scraper

A client requested to fill up their fresh international free classifieds directory database with ads from ОLХ.com. My clients’ service is a non-commercial venture, so they’ve reassured me that this would not violate the ОLХ’ TOS, besides I considered it a nice challenging task. I chose Perl for this project, partly because I don’t get […]

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CafePrint: Behind the Scenes

CafePrint SaaS described in the previous posts was one of the projects where I practiced my UML and modelling skills. Since the service consists of the two subsystems (the Print and Outdoor), I designed independent diagrams for each. I started off with IDEF0 diagrams, which are part of the SADT approach. This is the structured […]

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DynamiX, 2003

I wrote this program for fun to teach students some principles of nonlinear dynamics with regards to one-dimensional chains of “atoms” with nonlinear interatomic potential. It allows to define structure of a chain (initial displacements, boundary conditions, interatomic potential) and watch how the system evolves in time. This process can be saved, and then played […]

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Cafeprint Outdoor Agency SaaS, 2007

CafePrint.RU provides access to two independent platforms, the first is Print Agency described in my earlier post, and another one is Outdoor Agency which is basically a planning tool for outdoor advertising companies. In 2012, it’s still being used by one of the major outdoor agencies in Rostov, and one in the resort town of […]

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