Flashcards (or flash-cards, or flash cards) is a very effective learning tool. When I started learning Hebrew I found out that there is nothing like that to satisfy my expectations for language flashcards so I decided to create them by myself.
The application is developed in PHP and uses phpBB3 template-engine and user management. There was also an idea to make a community forum for Ulpan students but I did not get far that way. The database now contains about 1,000 Hebrew words and about 15,000 of other records (attempts, links etc.) excluding logs and debug information.
Both design concepts and details are described in Russian on the forum.
I have many other ideas to make flashcards better (and rewrite using some modern non-PHP framework).
In 2006 there appeared a Flash animation of one Japanese Anime cartoon covered with a song "Ievan Polka" of some Finnish folk-band "Loituma". The animation together with the song grew very popular in Russian internet and there very many remixes, pictures and so on published.
I was lucky to register the correct domain names and a primitive homepage was created within a week or so. During 2006 there was 50,000 - 300,000 unique visitors and up to 1TB data downloaded per month. This is a phenomenon of "passive" traffic because I was never maintaining the project after that first couple of weeks.
Later the "Polka" became less popular with almost no visitors now but I still hope that a new generation of kids will get ready to listen soon. :)
There is no connection of the project name and the content. I was going to think of such connection "later", but the "later" never happened. So this is just a short and nice domain name. The one could guess that it was registered with "Ievan Polka" in mind...
I designed this web-site in the old times of DVD-disks being popular. This is an instrument for managing home libraries of DVDs with an option to share disks with neighbours and friends. This would also help keeping track of lended disks.
Fortunately, the era of DVD (and other disks) was finished sooner than I got this project become popular. I kept it for some more time to write my own reviews for movies watched.
I have never intended to work neither as a designer, nor as a programmer, not as any like that. This page is not a portfolio just a list of some hobby-projects. I never intended to maintain any of them for a long time so most ones are just frozen at the last available state.
One more thing...
There is always one more thing... S.J. (c)
As long as web development is my great hobby since I was a kid there is a lot of staff I could show. Some designed and programmed better, some worse. If you have reviewed the upper projects you can be sure: I am not a developer and never intended to become a one so far. A one could say: "Why would you publish all that shit then?"
Well, this is a personal home page and the main idea is to publish one's "little secrets". I am an extrovert and like to share my excitement for the many things I experience in my life. Use the same explanation if you get shocked with some of my blog posts, especially old ones, especially in Russian, especially in LiveJournal.
"Slave Master" - The Game
The last project I was developing is my first game project at the same time. I decided to take the best gameplay concepts of my favorite “Sid Meier’s Colonization” and make a MMO business-strategy. The salt of the project is in the title: the game is about mastering slaves.
There is no public release available yet; still you can watch the development process on GitHub. This is my first Django project, so all the newbie bumps are very visible and representative.
I hope to publish the first version of SM soon so that my friends would run a pilot before I get full-time employed.