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Waikato-born Reuben Jackson has created hamiltoninfo.co.nz as a labour of love and a chance to earn some cash.

Waikato-born Reuben Jackson has created hamiltoninfo.co.nz as a labour of love and a chance to earn some cash.

The independent Web developer, trading as boo.co.nz, spent three months building the site.

It features a business directory, background information, advertisement pages, local maps, postcards, event listings, news and reviews.

"I commissioned it myself. It's a freebie for the town, though I aim to get some cash back from the business directory," says Reuben.

He also built it as a “portfolio” and says he hopes to replicate it around the country, selling his technology under licence.

Hamilton Info was developed in-house, using Java technology and a new scripting language called Disco Web Driver (www.boo.co.nz/disco).

This allows features such as virtual business cards, helping users access company details quickly.

Firms can also update their details online and check statistics to see how many people have visited the site.

Companies without a Web page can also build their own within minutes.

"Just fill in the gaps and your Web site is automatically created in our default template," Reuben says.

Companies can then add news releases and other information to their Web site and Hamilton Info.

Reuben says he has put all he could find about his home town on his site and anything else he finds will also be included.

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