Bragging Rights

I have to brag on my daughter a little. Will you indulge me that?

She got into a program recently that teaches you to build websites. They start out teaching you how to do it by hand—hard coding, in other words, rather than using a WYSIWYG editor. This is good because using an editor such as Dreamweaver, while it streamlines building a site, also removes some of the flexibility and control you have. I’m not so much putting down programs like Dreamweaver—I’ve used it and Studio Expression, and they’re good for what they’re made for—as pointing out their limitations. Yes, they allow people who otherwise know nothing of writing code to build their own sites, but they also remove a lot of the customization from those sites. Though I have to say Dreamweaver is better at this than most.

Regardless, Jas is learning HTML5 and CSS3—the latest basic coding languages—and she’ll finish up the course by building a site using WordPress—a very popular platform these days.

I got a text with pictures a couple of days ago showing me the site she’d built. Evidently, they had a choice of how to do it, and out of eight students, she chose to build one completely from scratch, and this is what she did.V__4C46

Now, I know how to build sites by hand using code. And while this site she built is a simpler one, it’s still a beautiful site. Its simplicity is its beauty, because that leaves it clean and uncluttered. A very nice look. She has a couple of images there, and she’s using stand-in text in place of real content, but she still had to position that text and put it in paragraphs.

I’m damn proud of what she did here.

For those of you who don’t have experience, every element on a site has to have code written for it, no matter how small or insignificant that element might look visually. example-css-form-563x358And when you get into things like forms and capturing email addresses, now you’re into jQuery, JavaScript, and PHP, and things are getting complicated. Jas’s site doesn’t have that, but in the real world, it might well do so, since it’s a site for a consulting firm. At the very least, I’d advise them to have a Contact page, with a form for doing so.

But keep in mind that Jas is only in Week 4 of her classes, with six weeks left to go yet. And she’s doing better than the rest of the class from what I’ve seen. They actually had to stop last week and go through the basics of using a computer—and this after potential participants had to go through an interview process before being chosen. At the end, they have the possibility of placement in paid internship positions, as well as being able to keep the laptop they’re issued in the class. It seems to me you’d better know your way around a computer if you’re going to take a class like that, but evidently some folks slipped in somehow.

Anyway, I’m proud of my daughter for her creativity and motivation. It’s something I can have in common with her, and at this rate, she’ll be teaching me things (I don’t know how to build a site using WordPress).

Way to go, kiddo!

Later,
Gil

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