'Hyper Text Markup Language' - the 'code' that makes up web pages. XTHML is HTML that conforms to a more rigid XML standard. All Silicon Rockstar sites are built using XHTML to W3C standards.
Cascading Sstyle Sheets is a system for applying formatting to webpages. Because it separates the presentation semantics from the data and HTML markup of the web page, it allows for quick performing web sites and also allows site-wide presentation changes to be made quickly by editing only one file.
'PHP Hypertext Preprocessor'- ater close to fifteen years in development PHP has become perhaps the most common server-side scripting langage for the web. Originally a simple server-side text processer, PHP version five supports fully object oriented programming. PHP is used in some of the most popular open source web software products on the planet.
ASP, 'Active Server Pages', also known as Classic ASP (to differentiate it from ASP.NET), was Microsoft's first server-side scripting system. It's function is similar in many ways to early implementations of PHP in that it is optimized for server-side parsing of textual data destined for a client web browser. ASP runs on Microsoft's IIS web server.
ASP.NET is Microsoft's successor to Classic ASP. It offers developers a higher degree of abstraction in building dynamic web sites and web applications. Because it is build on top of Microsoft's .NET framework, ASP.NET allows programmers to write code in a variety of languages.
Adobe Creative Suite, now on version 5, is the de facto reigning software suite for graphic design and media production for the web. It's suite of powerful tools include PhotoShop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, the Flash development environment, and tools for video and video post production like Premiere and After Effects.
The Apache HTTP Server is the most commonly used web server on the internet, as of April 2011 accounting for about 60% of all websites. It is free and open-source software, and runs on top of a variety of operating systems including Windows, Unix and Linux.
A relational database management system, often used in the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) web server stack. MySQL is well-documented and open-source, and is used in some of the world's most popular free software, including WordPress, Drupal, and phpBB, as well as on many high-profile websites like Facebook.
Microsoft's implementation of the Structured Query Langauge (SQL) standard, and the default relational database management system for use with MS's web server, IIS. While SQL Server, in general, is not as high-performance as some other database systems, it often comes installed on Windows servers targeted at the mid-sized business market.
'eXtensible Markup Langauge' - a structured, text based format useful for representing and storing data. Can frequently be used in situations that require record-based data storage but where a complete database would be underutilized.
Unix is an operating system originally developed at Bell Labs in 1969. It has since then spawned many variants - the BSD variants (originally distribued by UC Berkeley), Solaris, and the powerful and popular Linux. Many versions of Unix and Linux are distributed as free software, and can be combined with other free, open-source software like Apache and PHP to build powerful web servers.
ystems (CMS's) are systems that allow non-technical users to update and change web pages. Popular free CMS's are Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla - Wikipedia
is built on top of a powerful content management system called Plone. CMS's can make maintenace of a website easier, but do make the initial build much more time-consuming.
Introduced in 1996, Flash quickly became the tool of choice for delivering media an animation over the web. Adobe, after purchasing Macromedia, has attempted to enhance Flash's capabilites as a Rich Internet Application (RIA) development platform, using it's native programming language, Actionscript (now at version 3).
'Structured Query Language' - a programming meta-langauge designed for managing data in a relational database. Originally appearing in the mid-70s, many different 'flavors' of SQL have evolved since then, each conforming in various degress to the official SQL standards.
As well as technical capabilities, Silicon Rockstar also offers creative services specifically tailored to the web, including graphic design, web site content writing, and audio and video production.