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SBRL Archives: Colour Picker

Since I've been rather ill suffering the after effects of this year's flu vaccination and I haven't finished the next post I was writing for this week, I'm posting this instead :-)

A few weeks ago I went digging through my archives and I found a few gems just lying around, so I thought I'd post about one of the things I found! This particular project is from waaay back in 2013, when I hadn't started University and learnt C# (Thanks Rob :D), and was still learning Javascript.

My colour picker from 2013.

The project in question (as you might have guessed by the title) is a simple colour picker. You can find it here:

2013 Colour Picker

I've been careful to make only minimal changes to the code before uploading it here (updating comments, switching onload out for window.addEventListener() etc.) - it's interesting to compare my programming style then to the way that I do things now, especially since I was entirely self-taught at that point in time.

Looking back now, there are several things I'd change. For one I'd remove the dependency on functions.js - an early attempt of mine to create a utility library, and rather put each method in a gist and copy the ones I need. For another I'd certainly separate the code that writes to the DOM (and update it to use a document fragment & the DOM api rather than innerHTML) from the code that performs the core logic.

It's also interesting to note that Javascript wasn't actually the language that I started with. My tale actually starts back when I was in my last year of primary school, when I discovered Game Maker by Mark Overmars, which later went on create YoYo Games (It was called Game Maker 7 back then!). After growing out of it, I found its integrated 'programming language', GML. Only after learning that did I start to investigate the technologies of the web - HTML5, CSS3, and then Javascript.

Hopefully this post has been an interesting read - I should have the next regular post ready for later this week :-)

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