Kad će Kiša new website – the geeky stuff

October 28, 2010 by Merlin

Kad će Kiša homepageToday is a special day for us. Yes, we’ve redesigned and set the new course of our first company’s project, weather forecast Kad će Kiša. But beside that, there are a few technologies and draconian decisions we’ve used for the first time.

  1. First, you can’t miss the full screen background image. It’s targeted for the wide screen, but scales gracefully for regular 4:3 or 5:4 screens. No matter how big or small your screen is, there will be no holes – picture is “full screen” in all cases. And it’s all CSS.
  2. The user interface is done in HTML5 and JavaScript (jQuery) and relies heavily on modern trends and features. The forecast is visible when JavaScript is disabled because it is the main information on the site, but complementary content and effects are not available.
  3. There is one particular problem with the first two points – they don’t work in Internet Explorer 6 as expected, so we have decided that we will not support it in this project any more. If you go to the site with IE6 (as some people already have), you’ll get a blank page with a short description why and where to install new and modern browsers. It’s time to move on and leave it to the past.
  4. The server side was created with Python and Django. It is our first Python web project, trying something new beside PHP and ASP.NET.

The site is far from over. It needs some front-end improvements and new back-end features, and we’re working on them. But it’s a good feeling to deliver something new and receive some quality feedback.