Monthly Archives: February 2014

February
26
2014

February – Week 4 – JavaScript

“JavaScript is a language with more than its share of bad parts.”
― Douglas Crockford, JavaScript: The Good Parts

You’ve been rumbled. Those first few tentative yet glorious steps led to a darkening realisation. Your website has no brain – even Frankenstein’s monster had a brain – back to the sandbox with you! It’s time to learn JavaScript (and by extension it’s popular library – jQuery). Some people may suggest a jQuery first approach, I don’t agree, JavaScript is a massive sprawling investment, and after 6 months I’m still a beginner. Best to start early right? (more…)

February
18
2014

February – Week 3

I certainly don’t want to dissuade the newcomers in the audience. Instead, I’d simply recommend that they be prepared for the long-haul. Development isn’t something that you knuckle down and learn in six months (despite what some infomercials may say). It’s a non-stop battle, not too dissimilar from an RPG. Little by little, your skills level-up. But it’s a slow process. The key is to love it, and to never stop…even when you’re overwhelmed with frustration and confusion.
– Jeffery Way – Owner of Laracasts and developer evangelist

We’re breaking out of the Sandbox today and getting into a different style of learning: screencasts (or tutorial videos or instructional AV experiences…). Now you might suspect watching someone type while you hurriedly struggle to catch up a more regressive style than the interactive Codecademy style tasks. Well, I really encourage you to try them. (more…)

February
10
2014

February – Week 2 – CSS

“If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius”
– Larry Leissner

Next up is CSS (cascading style sheets – always makes me think of a waterfall).

Crude analogy: the clothes, the makeup, the fleshy skin (yuck!) of our site. It gives a our Portsmouth car park a makeover, paint-job and softens the angles. CSS is powerful and it’s newest incarnation – CSS3 – allows web designers to create attractive sites without having to rely on lots of embedded images.(I really like that site, it’s almost so bad it’s good. Almost.)
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February
02
2014

February – Week 1 – HTML

(Note: please read the before you start article)

Tim Berners-Lee created the web, and it was good.

I started at the beginning, and so will you. HTML.

In a 3 character play, it’s the script, analogised with the body, it’s the skeleton – hidden, structural, brutally stark – it makes me think of a Portsmouth car-park. But without it we’d be a goopy, yet colourful mess on the floor. (HTML5 gave it a much needed makeover, but woah there space captain, we’re saving that for later)
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February
01
2014

Before you start

There are a few things I believe that can help you along on this journey. These are only opinions, advice is always the same with me, take it or leave it. So, before you start:

  • Use a decent computer – don’t use Granny’s 10 year old Dell laptop. The stuff you’ll be doing isn’t exactly performance intensive but hell is dealing with memory leaks, abhorrent slowdowns, the kind of things to tip you over the edge after too many hours punching the keys. (more…)