June
16
2014

June – Week 3

If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.
– Jimmy Wales

The words “I’m no expert on ____ but…” would probably be the last thing to entice the busy reader, but wait! I’m no expert on SEO but… I know some people who are. (Or useful tools that can make you at least competent in this area.) Search engine optimisation is what every website dreams about, being the at the top – like a whiny adolescent with ambitions of stardom – it rarely, if ever materialises for us. (more…)

June
03
2014

June – Week 1

This week I’ve been creating a finalised portfolio website for myself (an updated version of my attempt in April), and that’s been taking up my time (along with Richard’s curriculum from May). A portfolio website should be a standard aim for anyone in our position, how you go about it is of course your choice. (more…)

May
25
2014

May – Week 4

A free ride this week, keep learning JavaScript (which you should have started last week).

May
16
2014

May – Week 3

Too often I interview someone that proudly lists JavaScript on their resume having only done some simple onClick handlers or form validation that they pieced together from code samples. The use and knowledge of frameworks such as jQuery or Dojo is great, but you can’t become a master of these toolkits without a good understanding of the JavaScript behind them.
– Michael Woloszynowicz from You Don’t Know JavaScript

A rather terrifying development has emerged this week, it dawns upon you (as it dawned on me) You don’t know JavaScript. We’re still beginners and we can’t really advance ourselves without a more solid understanding of the foundations of the language. (All that time on Codecademy and we still can’t confidently – and independently – write a fizz buzz program!) Codecademy held our hand while we stepped through the door but now we’ve got to go it alone. (more…)

May
09
2014

May – Week 2

“Torvalds (who designed and developed .git) has quipped about the name git, which is British English slang roughly equivalent to ‘unpleasant person’. Torvalds said: ‘I’m an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First ‘Linux’, now ‘git’.’ The main page describes git as ‘the stupid content tracker’.
– From the Wikipedia article – Git (software)

The name may sound funny to British ears, but learning how to use Version Control is an oft-suggested necessity for web developers, Git is currently very popular and it’s time to take a look. Version control solves the problem of what might seem to the lonely web designer, a minor quibble, however from my research it’s regarded a pretty important skill (and you don’t want to look the fool in conversation at Lord Harrington’s summer gala ball feast). (more…)