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Wednesday: August 2, 2006

Lightbox makes a great addition to your photoblog.

Just as the title suggests, I decided to take a crack at installing Lightbox to my beloved yet randomly updated photoblog here at

Lightbox can be integrated into a given site in about five or six steps (give or take your level of programming experience). The documentation on the Lightbox site regarding integration is also very easy to understand even for the novice web developer.

I have to say that this was by far the easiest integration of new code I've worked with in a long time. Kudos to the developer Lokesh Dhakar for making such a clean script that is easy to understand. Inside the script itself resides a table of contents (which I have rarely seen lately) with explanations as to what piece of code does what. It really makes for a refreshing coding experience. The amount of inline commenting that Lokesh took the time out to write is helpful especially if you are looking to mess around with the core functionality. I can't begin to describe the number of times I have had to wade through miles of code without any type of documentation.


I really like the way Lightbox works with displaying photos in the active web browser window rather than having to use a (seemingly deprecated) pop-up window. I've had some problems in the past with pop-ups getting blocked by a browser's security setting. Anyone remember when pop-ups were the 'in-thing' to do on web site? On second thought, I take that back.

As far as customization goes, if you know your way around CSS you can tweak the look and feel of Lightbox as you please. But as it stands, the design configuration right out of the box is very pleasing and laid out very well.

Click on any photo in the GeekLikeMe photoblog to see thie script in action.

Posted to Verbose filed in Programming @ 11:24 PM | Tags (2) | lightbox | photography |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin

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