Posts Tagged ‘Web Development’

Where I’ve Been and Web Development Tidbits

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Where I’ve Been and Web Development Tidbits

A new year and a new job

So 2012 has already been a busy year. I’ve been working on some freelance projects, but the bigger deal is that I have taken a new position. I don’t like talking about where I work, so don’t ask. I am just not comfortable about putting that kind of info on the web. I do work in the city now (Chicago), so that is a huge change, but I’m very happy with where I’m at. Searching for jobs though was taking up a lot of my time, hence I haven’t been able to write any posts in a while. I am settling in now though, so that will change. Starting today!

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Large Web Development Projects – What I Have Learned

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Large Web Development Projects – What I Have Learned

Learning how NOT to do things

I have built plenty of websites for freelance, and I thought I had everything down. I know how to guide a client away from bad decisions, give advice that may go against what they want to do, get the information I need, and everything else that goes with starting a project. At least…I thought I did. I came across a problem with my latest project that I wasn’t really prepared for: building a site where the client wasn’t even sure what the whole idea was from the start. They knew what the basics were, but not the whole, and that is where I ran into trouble. It is because of this, that I learned how not to do things in the future. The most important being writing out the project’s scope.

Enter Closet Fish

Closet Fish website

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Adobe Muse – A Threat To Web Development? Probably Not

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Adobe Muse – A Threat To Web Development? Probably Not

They took our jerbs!

If you haven’t heard of Adobe’s latest offering, Muse, then you probably don’t read any web development blogs, including this one. If you do read them, and still haven’t heard of it, well, you have now! You may thank me for your enlightenment later. Anyway, there are a LOT of comments from web developers bashing the hell out of this product. I have not seen many (I can’t even recall one actually) comments praising it for what it does. What does it do? Write serious crappy code. I mean divititus to the umpteenth degree.

This product isn’t meant for my people though. Who do I mean by “my people”? I’m talking about those who hand code their sites and left software like Dreamweaver in the dust years back. Muse is meant for graphic designers, or web designers that don’t actually know how to create a site but design them anyway. They create a design, and then use Muse (which has tools like other Adobe products – think Photoshop) to make a nice little layout. Hit a button and BAM! Here is your website.

I think many of the people doing this for a living though feel a slight twinge of fear, thinking this might cut into our freelance projects, or possibly worse…our jobs.

Damn…that went all serious, didn’t it?

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Web Development Tools – Is Dreamweaver Still Relevant?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Web Development Tools – Is Dreamweaver Still Relevant?

Remember the magic?

When I started doing web development and design, Dreamweaver was THE program to use. Everyone was talking about it. When I first started using it, I was blown away. I spent hours upon hours creating fake sites trying to get the hang of everything. I even remember thinking about trying to get the Dreamweaver Certification that Adobe offered so I could put the logo on my first portfolio site. Everything was easy to understand because of the graphical interface and no real need to know HTML. This was in the days when tables were the way to go, and CSS was just getting started.

Then along comes a book called Dreamweaver 4 Magic, one of the authors being a guy name Al Sparber (which you can buy on Amazon for less than $1 now!). The book was awesome. It taught a lot of cool things you could do in Dreamweaver, and it taught me some basic HTML and CSS. Al Sparber though did more things that helped me grow as a developer – he created the site projectseven.com.

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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!

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