Posts Tagged: codecademy

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…)

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
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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