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Updated by Richard on Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 02:16 PM

A bit of technical detail on how the site is engineered (for anybody that's interested), plus a few credits for free stuff on the web!


PHP

IceColdinAlex.co.uk has been written using PHP, an open-source, server-side, cross-platform, HTML-embedded scripting language! Most of PHP's syntax is borrowed from C, although there are elements from Perl, C++ and even Java.

PHP started life in 1995 as "Personal Home Page", before evolving into the recursive acronym for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor". It is a sister project of the Apache Software Foundation.


MySQL

The site also uses a MySQL relational database. SQL (generally pronounced "SEQUEL") stands for "Structured Query Language", the most common standardised language for accessing relational data.

Like PHP, MySQL (officially pronounced "My-S-Q-L") is also open-source software, which means that anyone can use and even modify them, without paying a penny! :o)


Falcoda Internet

Unfortunately, after 16 years, our original ISP went out of business. IceColdinAlex.co.uk is now hosted by Falcoda Internet.


Sphider

Site search functionality is provided by Sphider, an open-source web spider and search engine.


Google Maps

Our mapping functionality makes use of the Google Maps API.


IconDrawer

The flags used as country markers on the map were provided by IconDrawer.


World Flag Database

All other flags courtesy of the World Flag Database.


spaceforaname

The jQuery photo gallery plugin, GalleryView, was developed by Jack Anderson at spaceforaname.






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