Dr. Greg O'Toole, Ph.D.

ISBN 0-9711125-9-2       PROFESSOR & DEVELOPER OF WEB TECHNOLOGY       sustainable web ecosystems

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"Reflected in the pursuit of creative outlets found in the view of Terman's Genetic Studies of Genius, that the 'laws of nature are correlative, not compensatory', that good things go together... Gregory O'Toole can be likened to the Niagara Falls, beautiful to behold but also harnessed to light up the city of Buffalo and environs." 
Walter S. Nosal, Ed.D. Professor, Emeritus, John Carroll University

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Openwebby iOS App

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PROJECT
Openwebby. Research building education.

TECHNOLOGIES / METHODS
Apache Cordova, Phonegap Build, Objective-C, HTML5, Javascript, CSS3, Firebug, Xcode, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Apple Developer Member Center.

ROLE
App Designer, Developer

GET THE APP
Available soon in the Apple App Store

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The official openwebby native mobile app engineered and built specifically for the iOS operating system. The app will soon be freely available the Apple App Store.

Last Updated on 25 July 2014 14:32
 

Openwebby Android App

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PROJECT
Openwebby. Research building education.

TECHNOLOGIES / METHODS
Apache Cordova, Phonegap Build, Java, HTML5, Javascript, CSS3, Firebug, Dreamweaver, Photoshop.

ROLE
App Designer, Developer

GET THE APP
openwebby on Google Play

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The official openwebby native mobile app engineered and built specifically for the Android operating system. The app is now freely available on Google Play.

Last Updated on 25 July 2014 14:27
 

The Life of a Web Technologist

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In an earlier post I wrote about "Making Life Easier With Drush". I just learned about another technology that will also improve the life of a web developer: Git hooks. If you are unfamiliar, Git is distributed versioning control intended for code (but it also works well with other media, like poetry, for example). Special Git hooks super charge Git to allow builders to manage processes like uploading directly to a webserver whenever you push to your master remote instead of having to upload your site with an ftp client. Check out Customizing Git - Git Hooks (http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks) for more information.

As I was working on this, I started thinking more about the busy, cyclical life of a web technologist, defined as a professional working in web science and technology, design, development, building, research, and teaching. It's a complicated profession, just like a lot of the technologies we work with. To me it makes sense to break down the stages of a web technologist into five general categories:

1. Monitor changes in the industry. In times past history professors, tax lawyers, and medical doctors would all keep up with the new discoveries in their respected fields mainly by reading a few choice journals. Usually this would be done quarterly, when the new issue was published. Today, of course, this is still being done, but as we all know well, things have also changed in many ways, not the least of which has been -- at least for web technologists -- the quantity of these resources and the speed at which the innovations come down the line. Who knows, there might be a hundred competent resources out there documenting relevant updates in the web technology sector at any given time. Maybe a thousand.

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Responsive Web Building

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PROJECT
OTOOLE.INFO
This mobile responsive Web application is a biographical and portfolio site for Greg O'Toole.

TECHNOLOGIES / METHODS
Joomla, HTML, MySQL, PHP, XML, Javascript, Firebug, Dreamweaver.

ROLE
Author, Web Designer, Web Developer

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www.otoole.info

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
This site has been around in many iterations since I started building on the web in the year 1994. In fact, there is still legacy HTML on the site that I wrote way back at that time. A few years ago I moved the static HTML site into a dynamic data driven application using Coldfusion and a Microsoft Access database. Later, I moved on to PHP and MySQL and embraced open source and content management frameworks. I eventually moved the site into a Joomla version which is where it resides today. The theme used wasn't mobile responsive, so I retroactively fitted it to respond to just about any and all tv, desktop, tablet, and phone platforms, OS's, browsers, resolutions, and models. This has been a great project for me to learn and build, and therefore I've referred to it many times over the years to my students who are learning topics like UI, UX, documentation, responsive building, clean code, HTML5, PHP, MySQL, content management, and the open source community. I imagine this site will continue to revise through the philosophy of progressive enhancement and will be around for many years to come.

Last Updated on 28 May 2014 08:52
 

Media, Meaning, & the Legitimation Problem (Atropos Press, 2014)

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Media, Meaning & the Legitimation Problem is forthcoming from the Atropos Press THINK MEDIA EGS Media Philosophy Series (New York, USA • Dresden, Germany)

This book titled Media, Meaning, and the Legitimation Problem: From the Eradication of the Metanarrative to the Present is a qualitative analysis on the current state of extracting meaning from mediated message since Lyotard largely diminished the role of the metanarrative. The work started at the University of Denver and continued on in Media & Communication at the European Graduate School, Saas-fee, Switzerland. The philosophy and research degree culminated with the oral dissertation defense in Berlin, Germany in May 2013. The ways in which we extract meaning and understand the world around us as well as the workings of the semantic Web are key nodes of the sustainable Web ecosystem.

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Newsflash

eLearning with Open Source

I am looking forward to a new project with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division to rewrite a course titled IMD344 eLearning II. The deprecated version of the course used a leading Adobe solution called Captivate which is a robust elearning design and development platform. Keeping in step with all things Web, we want to push this course into using even more universal tools such as HTML5 and open source content management options that are developed and maintained by the strong open source communities. As a matter of mentioning, we are currently considering WordPress and Drupal. Onward!


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