Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial

Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial

Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial

We think there are several interesting things about Charts …

  • they are a way to visualise mathematical ideas, which is not always easy
  • they interface really well with spreadsheets
  • in the case of Google Charts, especially with their Geo Chart and Map Chart, there is a great link to geography
  • they can simplify complex data
  • they can put trends into an easily digestible graphical form
  • they can show the distribution of data

… and we want to use that third point above today to make use of the brilliant Google Chart Geo Chart to add context to our Flags and Currency and Capital Country Quiz game we created when we last presented Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial, as shown below.

The point here is that many of us struggle to locate all the countries of the world you can think of, but isn’t it of interest for us all to get better at this, if the dream of the Internet as the “Superhighway” of Knowledge and Information can improve as a force for good. Can we all get back that idea from those earlier times, and get back to tackling problems in an International framework, where every good idea has a chance to be expressed, and heard?

Anyway, that last change to Geo Chart interfacing got us to this point where we can highlight one or several countries (or regions), and not display that (default) legend, as we set up when we presented Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial. We’ll buy into that today with our changed country_capital_quiz.php (with this live run link), featuring these changes.

Previous relevant Country Quiz Game Suite Google Geo Chart Tutorial is shown below.

Country Quiz Game Suite YouTube Tutorial

Country Quiz Game Suite YouTube Tutorial

Today we are adding optional functionality to our previous web application from Country Quiz Game Suite Tutorial as shown below, and so it seems apt that we add one word for the title of today’s tutorial called “Country Quiz Game Suite YouTube Tutorial”, and that added word is “YouTube”, the biggest repository of videos in the online world.

So we are trying to spice up the “dry” look of the “Country Quiz Game Suite” of web applications by adding optional lookups of YouTube so that the user can choose to watch a video about the last question that was asked about in the quiz. Is there a reason to use a “YouTube” search for this, rather than a search engine search? For us, yes, and this can be put down to the wonders of the YouTube API designed for embedding in HTML iframe elements, which you can read a thread of blog posts about from Karaoke via YouTube API in Iframe Email Tutorial down. This ability is a huge UX positive for use of these web applications, on mobile platforms in particular, because the YouTube video “interface” parts of the webpage can be placed on the webpage the user is currently using, rather than having to open any new windows, and have the user be in danger of “losing the plot”.

Added to that advantage is the way the user can do research and development on topics that may interest them. To us, the most important point here.

So far we’ve talked about what the changes involve, and now we’ll turn our attention to how these changes were achieved. In broad brush terms …

  • we introduce new external Javascript you could call country_quiz.js called by the parent …

    … using a call like …

  • <script type='text/javascript' src='country_quiz.js' defer='defer'></script>
  • the defer HTML script tag attribute used to delay its loading to the end of loading, and also placed so that …
  • the call of the external Javascript is placed after local Javascript script tag client logic, because …
  • we “overload” the local Javascript “function check()” with a version from the external Javascript country_quiz.js, and we’ve discussed this Javascript style of overloading, before, when we presented Javascript Function Overload Primer Tutorial (where we overloaded the “encodeURIComponent” method) … and in that …
  • external Javascript country_quiz.js “function check()” potentially loads YouTube API functionality to an HTML iframe element which was first created via …
  • a one off setTimeout piece of logic is called by the external Javascript country_quiz.js to …
    • append the HTML for that YouTube API HTML iframe “container” element to document.body
    • append to the first HTML h3 element an HTML input type=checkbox, initially checked, toggling the use of that option YouTube API (to HTML iframe element) functionality

    … this setTimeout methodology remaining as independent from any potential logic clashes with parent HTML Javascript onload event logic

    Nothing changes about the peer to peer nature of this “Country Quiz Game Suite” of web applications, so we encourage you to try any/all of them … let’s try … flags.

    Previous relevant Country Quiz Game Suite Tutorial is shown below.

    Country Quiz Game Suite Tutorial

    Country Quiz Game Suite Tutorial

    Think we may have done a (web application software) set before, but honestly cannot locate it, but in any case we are here today to tell you about one of the joys of server side programming, in our case PHP.

    That joy, for us, is when you get into a pattern of completely peer to peer software components, in our case PHP serverside web applications. What do we mean by peer to peer in the way we feel about the thought? It means that several, usually small, completely independent web applications can …

    • as such, be easily unit tested within themselves … but …
    • they each have a similar, and really easy, approach to, just right at the end of coding … ie. when they are all individually coded … link them to be pointable at each other “peer to peer” … guess the difference here, unlike our penchant for “parent/child” (which we are also very fond of), each web application component is independent and of “equal” status in our tiny little woooorrrrrrlllld!

    … and this really appeals to us. Sometimes such an arrangement can be thought of as a “suite” of web applications (or programs).

    So what is that really simple mechanism of linking …

    ? We just have a rearranged HTML select (dropdown) element as below (exemplified below for the “Country Capital Quiz”) …

    <select onchange=' location.href="//" + this.value.toLowerCase() + "_quiz.php"; '><option value=Capital>Capital</option><option value=Currency>Currency</option><option value=Flag>Flag</option></select>

    … but just arrange for the “home” top HTML option element to point at the quiz theme of interest for that piece of web application PHP software.

    And the placement of such a dropdown? Well, we often annoy our HTML h1 elements with such dropdowns, but we’ve been a little more UXy today, by replacing an otherwise less dynamic (HTML (table) th element) heading (single word), with something dynamic, and perhaps useful, to some quizzer users out there in “net” land!

    And this is what we like to think of as “clobbering” (but we encourage you to think of a less aggressive word perhaps) something not very dynamic with something dynamic, but optionally so, in that it is up to the user whether they make use of the added functionality, or not, is another way “some of us we like to roll”.

    Now, perhaps you are thinking it rather cheeky to say that this is so peer to peer with the quiz concepts being so different, and yes, that is so, but what does bring things together is the generosity of the “net” and its data resources to find out information, so, we’d like to thank …

    • Country Flag Quiz … thanks to Tiki Wiki CMS … effectively giving up a country list to work with … and …
    • Country Currency Quiz … thanks to this link links countries to currencies (and (3 letter) country codes and (3 letter) currency codes) … and …
    • Country Capital Quiz … thanks to this link links countries to capitals

    If you don’t have an interest in a server side language like PHP to glean such information, please consider Ajax programming techniques to be able to (just) stick with HTML and Javascript and CSS (client side) coding. But if you do … your PHP homework for today is to read about the file_get_contents method.

    Previous relevant Country Flag Quiz Game Primer Tutorial is shown below.

    Country Flag Quiz Game Primer Tutorial

    Country Flag Quiz Game Primer Tutorial

    Often, the simpler you make the working of a web application, the more appealing it is. Not always, but often. Lots of us like to test our knowledge with a quiz, and lots of us have our specialty subjects. So, today’s “Country Flag Quiz” web application, that we also talk about at WordPress 4.1.1’s Country Flag Quiz Game Primer Tutorial, will be right up the alley of some people. Got to say that it felt like a huge challenge to get a decent score in this game, speaking personally, and found myself resorting to … but we digress … to come up with a pass mark for the game.

    Today’s game we wrote in PHP (that you could call country_flag_quiz.php and which you can try with today’s live run link) and used its Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious glob method … we’ve spoken about (quite a bit) here.

    We need to thank the excellent Tiki Wiki CMS product (which you can try for yourself at this test website) for the help with the country flag imagery, as well, today.

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