Thursday, 23 September 2010

Burning the midnight oil...

I've dabbled in website development, strictly as a sideline - never really admitting I do it.  One of my clients recently asked for their website to be totally revamped.  Nice and simple site. Not too many pages.  They were very pleased with it.  Then the Principal asked if I could do one for her son, who runs a Real Estate firm in the USA.  Requests for a blog and database etc... whoa.  I tried very hard to wriggle out of it, but when the cheque arrived before I had even started, I felt I didn't have much choice.

Quick - Amazon.  Bought a couple of books (knowledge in cold storage).  Both good but one in particular has been revolutionary.  I ordered new software on the back of it (which I'm still waiting for) but I feel empowered.  I am beginning to understand what I'm doing now, the fog is lifting.  I can deconstruct what is really going on behind the scenes.  Sounds strange but I've always used WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) software up to this point.  But for many reasons it has been really restricting me and it bloats the code.  WYSIWYG works well until things do not go as planned - trying to edit the code was like wading through treacle as I hadn't learned the basics from scratch.  Now that's all changing.  I'm really starting to understand what the code can actually produce and how I can manipulate that code, this time to my tune.  I might be back in control.

It really is like another language with strict unforgiving grammatical rules, but hey ho I've never been a first past the post kind of person.   Always a plodder that (hopefully) gets there in the end.

My Web Design Bible

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

This week, phew

Sometimes I think I might be taking on too much.  I am not the sharpest tool in the box and as well as learning Welsh I am just about to take on Expression Web, (Microsoft's tool for web development).  I dabble, so far mainly for free or for a very low fee.  But people and businesses keep asking me to do a website for them too - and their requests for functionality are getting more sophisticated.  I can't sit still any longer and am going to take the bit between my teeth and learn this software so that I can push my own boundaries and those of any future websites I do.  With all the behind the scenes coding I suppose it will be a bit like learning another language... 

I am having trouble running.  Something has happened to my foot\arch and I am blaming my trainers.  There is a fantastic shop in Haverfordwest (TriExercise) who will look at your gait and do a Running Gait Analysis and then recommend shoes especially to suit you (yes there is more to this running lark than just throwing yourself out the door in a pair of shorts and trainers).  The trigger for this extra expense finally came when I woke up very early one morning this week shouting "OW OW OW" - just like that and very loudly (which J can verify).  Never have I had such bad cramps and never in my calf muscles.  Something has to be done.

It's Topsy's birthday this weekend. Normally I would ignore this but G9 insists on celebrating big style.  So I am joining in (secretly I'm rather enjoying the planning of it too!)

Happy 21st (in doggy years) Birthday Topsy!
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