Posts Tagged ‘Web Development’

What I Learned From Teaching Web Development

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
What I Learned From Teaching Web Development

Not as easy as I thought

I recently had the opportunity to teach beginning web development to 8 people, that were all graphic designers, and absolutely no web experience. I don’t mean they haven’t used Google, I mean no HTML or CSS. I was basically working with a clean slate, and could teach them how to do things the right way directly out of the gate. Needless to say, I was very excited. Not being easy though, is a huge understatement. That is because there is a really, REALLY big difference in teaching someone who has a little knowledge of HTML, and someone who has none. I quickly became aware my outline was going to be thrown out the window.

What went wrong?

Well, first thing was that I totally overestimated the seeming simplicity of HTML. I only talked about 15 or so elements, just the basics you would need to create a web page. Nothing fancy, and no HTML5 what-so-ever. I am self taught, and I don’t really remember how I learned it, only that I really wanted to, so set out and did it. I was dealing with people who were about to be laid off and just wanted to add a skill set to their resume. I think that alone is a huge difference. I was dedicated to learning it and getting into the field. These students of mine, were not really looking into going into web development per say, just have the knowledge to build a basic site to make them look better for future job positions. What is the difference? I knew it was going to be a long and difficult road, the people I was teaching didn’t expect it to be as hard as it is.

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Informal Interview: Joseph McCullough Of Vert Studios

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Informal Interview: Joseph McCullough Of Vert Studios

Joseph McCullough – Vert Studios

My second Informal Interview is with Joseph McCullough, co-founder of Vert Studios, a web and graphic design company located in Tyler, Texas. He’s been in the industry since 2008, and has been featured in respected web development publications including 1stWebDesigner and Onextrapixel. Joseph is currently pursuing a computer science and math double major at the University of Texas at Tyler.

I found Joseph through a random link, and we have traded comments on each others blogs, as well as Twitter for a while now. Feel free to follow him! Let’s get to the questions, shall we?

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What Will Be The New Tired Web Development Topics Be?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
What Will Be The New Tired Web Development Topics Be?

So many threads, so little said

2010 saw a lot of arguments pop that were rehashed throughout the year that it was really making it hard to go through my RSS feeds for a while. I jumped on the bandwagon on one, but soon saw the truth of it, and never really touched upon it again. If you scour the web development blogs like I do, you can name three right of the top of your head without even trying. I’ll give you a few, see if you can add any that I missed. These are actually in the order I remember reading about them:

  • Flash vs HTML5
  • The Web Design/Development Community is Dead (or dying)
  • Should we use CSS3/HTML5 yet?
  • How bad you suck at web development

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My 5 Best Web Development Things of 2010

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
My 5 Best Web Development Things of 2010

So many to choose from

Wow, my first list? I’m not sure I approve of what I am about to write just because I usually don’t care about what they say. A list like this though, is one I usually read. Same with the year’s trends in web design or development because I want to see what others have been doing. This list though is unique, because it pertains to what I learned or what I personally thought were the top innovations of 2010. By 2010 I either mean they came out this year, or I actually learned them this year. If you haven’t used, learned or heard of these…you should. Otherwise you are dumb. Na, I don’t mean that. Ok, yes I do. Anyway, to the winch, wench!

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Abstraction Of Web Development Languages

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Abstraction Of Web Development Languages

Making web development faster

We are all into making our job easier right? We love writing less but doing more. jQuery is an abstraction of Javascript, it takes less of it to do the same stuff. What if though, you could use something else to write the jQuery, only it took even less to write that. Is there a point where the abstraction level is just plain ridiculous? There are a ton of different languages and code out there to make what we write everyday take less and less time, but today I started wondering if there was a line of stupidity that we can cross by using all of these. My answer is at the end of the article, but let’s go through some of the ones I know of that, in theory, are supposed to make our normal process of building a website faster by abstracting the code you write. If you are asking me though (in your head of course) what abstraction in this case means, it is basically like writing the code in a very short hand method to the point that while it bears a resemblance to the original, it is not.

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