About This Website
My name is Karl Wilcox. I am an educator, web developer and programmer living in Lincolnshire, in the East of England. You can find out much more about my background on Linked In so I won't repeat it here.
I looked at Heraldry and blazonry as a programming language, and wrote a compiler for it. The original idea belongs to my group project supervisor for my undergraduate degree, which we implemented in UCSD Pascal on an Apple ][. About 20 years later, looking for a project to test my programming skills I re-implemented it and massively expanded it in PHP and SVG.
While researching blazonry I found many good resource on archive.org but found the multi-megabyte PDFs a difficult medium to use comfortably. Hence, I started another project to convert these into cleaner, searchable web pages.
Most development work is done on a 27" Retina iMac under Mac OS, with 16GB of RAM and 1TB fusion drive. This desktop system has a daily backup to a Network Storage device using Carbon Copy Cloner and a continuous incremental backup to a separate external drive using Time Machine. I also have a MacBook Pro available for offsite editing, the two Apple devices are synchronised via iCloud document sharing.
The test system is a Linux Mint Virtual Machine image running the Apache Web Server. The virtual machine is hosted by VirtualBox, itself running under Linux Mint natively on a headless 2008 MacMini server. Filezilla is used to synchronise the development version and the test system.
The live pages are served from a shared Linux server running Apache and provided by UKHost4U, again Filezilla is used to upload the pages.