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Teaching Web Development Part 2

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Teaching Web Development Part 2

Where do I go from here?

So I was asked to teach a second class to some of the people who I taught the first. To recap, I had showed them the basic HTML tags they will need to know, some extremely basic CSS and it’s syntax, and how to slice up a page in Photoshop. They went and built a web page on their own, and now they wanted to know more. My problem was, I wasn’t sure what to teach them. One of them wanted to learn some Flash, and while I could have shown them some basic animation stuff, the more I had thought about it, the more and more this made less sense to do. Why would I show them something that would only complicate things, when there was still more they needed to know that was far more important. So I was kind of at a loss on what to teach.

My awesome lesson plan

Ok, there wasn’t a plan, I totally flew by the seat of my pants. Mostly because I couldn’t anticipate the questions I was going to get, and my outline the previous time went to crap within minutes of starting. How did it go, you ask? Fairly well, actually!


Web Development Survey – Inform me!

Friday, February 25th, 2011
Web Development Survey – Inform me!

What web developers know and use

I thought, if I have a copy of Survd, I might as well use it considering how easy it is to use. The survey consists of questions that pertain to front-end developers, not web designers.

Please take a couple minutes and take my survey!

Take my web development survey!

Till the new year…

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I’m still here!

Just so none of you think I have abandoned The Web Machine blog, I’m waiting till the new year to write new content. Too much working late and at home until the new year, so I haven’t had time. Once 2011 starts in a few days, I’ll be back to posting like normal.

Have a good new year’s eve/day, and I hope you had a good holiday season!

Looking forward to 2011!

Let me know what you guys are reading/learning/developing/designing!

Web Design and Development Doom, Gloom, And Look At Me

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Web Design and Development Doom, Gloom, And Look At Me

Web Design is dead!

No. No it is not. I am seriously getting fed up with some of the content that a bunch of the major blogs are putting up on their sites. Smashing Magazine posted an article last week that was very depressing. At least, if you believed it. All I saw was a “Come look at me, and comment!” I get wanting to drive readers to your site and all, but to post content that seems like the only reason it is there is to grab attention rather than inform is…well…lousy. This post might seem like it is bashing SM, but its not. They are just the easy target for this write-up because they have done it a few times this month. There are plenty others that feel the need to put a dark cloud over design and development.

How does one possibly kill the community?

By continually posting articles that the development/design field is going to be gone. So now you have a ton of people worried that their career choice will go the way of the dodo. Will this actually make people start looking for a career change anytime soon? Probably not, but it is definitely causing stress. This brings to mind the articles that were popping up about how the community is dead, or the sad state it is in. Yes the two links I have posted so far have been from SM, but I remember others that were not. Just go and do a search for it, you’ll find them. Is the community really dead? Hell no, its just not on the major player blogs anymore. There is better discussions on the not-so-known blogs. I think these kind of articles are doing more harm than they are bringing about interesting conversations, and sadly they are being brought about by the ones we all….used to…love.


Second Article Published On

Friday, September 10th, 2010
Second Article Published On

Hey everyone, my second article was posted on That link goes right to it, so please take a read an make a comment! Again, I’m very excited, and thanks to for publishing it!

Now go read it!

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