As a practicing and learning Website designer
&& developer, I come across some Website creation related tools, examples, and demonstrations. When possible, I try to use these tools and examples in my own work. Here now are my current favorite tools and examples and a quick site I’ve been writing.
The Expressive Web – Beta
I am a big fan and supporter of the new HTML5 and CSS3 improvements coming out, fueled by the mass of mobile devices in use. They reduce the need for plug-ins and addons such as Adobe Flash and Java and overall make the Web and cooler place. However, it can be hard to understand what these new features are and how one might use them. Adobe has put together a site called The Expressive Web that shows off the new technology in small but fun animations, games, and examples. My favorite examples are for the Canvas tag and HTML5 Video. You can easily waste some time clicking around this site. 😛
You should always be learning. You should never stop learning. You should stop only when you die. Now, that does not mean you should be in college your whole life, but you should aim to always learn something new. However, there is another side to that. What you learn you should also use. If you do not use it, you’ll forget it. I have heard countless times how people did well in, say, Algebra in high school and college, but since they did not use it they forget it. As I learn about writing websites and study the best ways to do so, it is important for me to implement what I learn so I do not forget it. Thus I created http://le717.github.io. Hosted using GitHub Pages (so it is a static site unless I set up Jekyll), I am currently using it to display my CSS3 animation entitled “Not Pong” (even the ball is CSS) in addition to a small browser detector plugin (not written by me 😛 ), with the results displayed using a CSS3 transition. The page contents (viewable by clicking the link in the top left) is pretty boring right now and needs a lot of work, but I’m currently too busy with other stuff to fix it. 😛 I recommend viewing the Browser Compatibility chart to ensure the animation plans. Perhaps someday I will expand this to be my own website written by me, but for now it will continue to be a place to practice the skills I am learning. 🙂
You’ve reached the end of the first installment of Adventures in Website Design
&& Development! Come back next time to learn more about my adventures
of there and back again as a learning Website designer and developer! 😀