April
26
2014

April – Week 4

It’s really unfortunate that I’m stuck using it in certain cases. It’s even more unfortunate that it has such a high market share and that people are still flocking to it as if it is a good solution for their CMS. Non-programmers see a pretty back-end and are astonished at its great and awe-inspiring magnificence. WordPress “programmers” look at it and see the myriad of filters, the nice looking documentation, and plethora of (mostly useless – I’ll get to this later) plugins and are captivated by the sheer power of the applications they can charge way too much for. I look at it and weep uncontrollably. On the inside, of course. As a man, I don’t cry.
– Jeremy Harris

So why learn WordPress? And if I’m not to disagree with Mr. Harris then how can I convince you it’s possibly a good idea. Skim this. WordPress gets a bit of hate because it’s easy for lazy devs to overload it with plugins and the back-end code is questionably bloated. If your the smart man on campus or a coding-ninja the I can certainly see what would annoy you about WordPress, but we’re not, we’re little fish and I think getting you from the basics of HTML/CSS into pushing a dynamic modern web site online we need a CMS. (more…)

April
14
2014

April – Week 3

Will’s video about career advice hopefully helped you put things in perspective, as you may now, or previously realised, the world of web design and development are prone to being sliced in half. Front-end and back-end, I’ve often read that specialising in one or the other is good advice, whereas trying to be a hardcore full-stack developer is a quick road to drink and gutter drudgery. I’m of the opinion knowing at least a bit of both first is the best way, (more…)

April
08
2014

April – Week 2

This week I got a bit ahead of myself, I started using/learning more about Yeoman and it’s oft cited friends (Grunt & Bower). To me, looking back, it’s wasn’t that useful for me at this point, and unfortunately I actually forgot some of the stuff I learnt. This can be a recurrent problem for us, as we apply the old “use it or lose it” rule to learning. (more…)

April
03
2014

April – Week 1

Internet Explorer: The best browser for downloading another browser.
– Unknown

Complaint warning. Just a friendly reminder, I’m sure at this point any latent IE users would have already quietly shuffled over to a far superior browser. I understand some people cling to IE as an ironic form of protest, but there’s only one reason for us to keep a copy of IE, and that’s for testing purposes. (more…)

March
24
2014

March – Week 4

“Isn’t it pretentious to start every article with a quote, makes you look like a tool.”
– Anon.

Last time we looked at media queries, and how we can use them to re-shape the site as the browser window is resized. Creating our own media queries for every site though, seems like a pain just to accommodate half the internet! Fortunately frameworks can solve this problem for you. (more…)