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Fursuit Site Updated (Finally! Yay!) [Dec. 9th, 2004|10:33 pm]
Nicodemus
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The long-awaited version 4.0 overhaul of my site is finally done! (The first version, 1.0, went up in late 1997 to chronicle the construction of my first fursuit, Widge. Some of the original files were still there, too.)

Nicodemus' Fursuit Pages

It's all new 'n' spiffy, thanks to massive amounts of help from 3catsjackson. [geek]The site is now generated from XML source using XSLT templates.[/geek] I'm really happy with the result. It should also be much easier to maintain and update.

A lot of the old content is still there, somewhat revised. There's also new stuff, such as the Headcasting Step-by-Step. (Which I'm sure diadexxus is glad to finally see! ;) There's still more work to be done on the site, but the big changes are finally finished.

The site has also been updated to tie in with the book. There's not much duplicated content, but they do share some photographs and style now.

Check it out and lemme know what you think! :>
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[User Picture]From: brokkentwolf
2004-12-10 07:28 am (UTC)
Ooooh! *Goes to look* :)
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[User Picture]From: sayh
2004-12-10 07:38 am (UTC)
It's all new 'n' spiffy, thanks to massive amounts of help from [info]3catsjackson. [geek]The site is now generated from XML source using XSLT templates.[/geek] I'm really happy with the result. It should also be much easier to maintain and update.

ArghArghArghArgh! I'm currently batteling with a site where the original developer has used XML / XSLT. It's extreamly inflexible, since every ithem on the entire page is made by one XML sheet. Trying update so that the webside use a database to produce output, but this is really difficult, since I then have to redo EVERYTHING.

XML / XSLT can be real helpful if used correctly, but when over-used, it can be a PAIN :P
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ick! Yes, that's some bad XML. We're using XML as a source markup per page. There's also files for XML elements common to all of the pages and several different XSLT files (to handle different aspects of assembly).

I like it because I can change the styles, toolbars, and such centrally. Seems to work well. (And I'm not doing anything with DBs, since these pages are more textual content.)
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2004-12-10 08:06 am (UTC)
Hey wow! All kinds of awesome!

I think we got a new convert at coffee tonight. An artist guy was asking mythos_amante about some of her art supplies, then saw some of minnieme4rl's photos from the San Jose Christmas Parade. "So you guys are like...those...furby's?" He was really interested in the costuming thing so we all chatted it up and showed him some pictures and web sites. He asked if I could write some of them down, but I only came up with two really important ones off the top of my head: the second was the Further Confusion web site, and the first was, of course, your fursuiting site. It was the old pages when we had looked through it this evening...this was probably mere minutes before you made the switch! :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 05:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm flattered! Thanks. The site switched over at about 10:15pm, so you were probably one of the last visitors to the old site. :)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2004-12-10 11:19 am (UTC)
Woo Hoo ! That's looks great!
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[User Picture]From: lacy
2004-12-10 01:41 pm (UTC)
The new site looks great! You guys did a good job revamping. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I put up a link to your site, too. Hope that's cool?
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[User Picture]From: lacy
2004-12-11 02:09 am (UTC)
It's totally cool. :) I'm really very pleased/flattered you did! I'll add a link to your site on mine next time I update in the coming weeks.
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2004-12-10 04:59 pm (UTC)
MOST excellent!! I will have to post these updates to LJ FURSUIT as well!!

Yes, I am THRILLED to see that the Headcasting got added!! That was SUCH a long weekend, but so fulfilling! I am more than happy to show others how we did it!!

THANK YOU!!!

-Jen
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the promotion. :) Glad you like it. (There's also a link to your site, now.)

And I should really remember to read the LJ fursuit group... Keep forgetting 'bout it. Fuzzy brain, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2004-12-10 07:13 pm (UTC)
Aww, thats sweet of you to add a link to my site (blush) Thanks!

Yes, definately going to promote it..its an awesome site with tons of Tutorials :) yeah the LJ Fursuit community is a great group. Lots of info get tossed over there, and lots of great questions!

-Jen
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[User Picture]From: teekachu
2004-12-10 07:47 pm (UTC)
I still want the damn book. ARGH.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 10:17 pm (UTC)
I think that this is a problem that we can solve. :)

If you want it right away, you can order it from Amazon.com for $37+S/H.

If you don't mind a little wait, you can do a mail order direct from me for $33 (plus I'll sign it).

If you don't mind more of a wait, you can get one at FC (if you're going) for $30 (since there's no shipping cost).

Lots of options!
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[User Picture]From: teekachu
2004-12-10 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, lots of options...gonna have to wait till after the holidays though...money is a rarity at this moment. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-12-10 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hey, I understand that, too. No prob. :)
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From: farallon
2004-12-11 01:12 am (UTC)
Well I gotta say thanks for making your site usable with JS turned off unlike a lot of sites! (Like my companies web site for example) :)
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[User Picture]From: chairoraccoon
2004-12-14 09:35 pm (UTC)
Whooo! My mug is on Amazon.com now :) Its an awesome book Nico, thank you very much for including me in your project.
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