Why am I here?

I am a novice web developer whose knowledge base is still very much a work in progress. I thought blogging about it could be an interesting way of working on a portfolio in development, as well as a way to become familiar with WordPress.

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Posted by on March 13, 2011 in General


Dealing with Life’s Necessities

Last month I acquired a full-time job. This is good because it pays the rent, the electricity, and the internet bills — all of which are very necessary to continued development work.

So, for the most part, I am pleased. Although, at the moment, it is taking time away from coding so this blog will likely remain quiet for awhile. My goal is to be back climbing the learning curve in September (that has been the traditional time for it) and hopefully with a development project or two on the horizon.

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in General



I’ve revised my title from “web designer” to “web developer.” The web designers out there have degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, and I know I can’t compete with that. I know the theory and can put together an inoffensive site, but I don’t have the gift for visual inspiration to bump it up to Web 2.0. I am really all about the code. I know (or can find out) how to make the pretty do what you want it to do.

PHP has distracted the hell out of me lately. I’m ripping apart one of my student sites to see if I can duplicate the assignment without the JavaScript. It’s so much fun!

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in General



No, not quite. I think I would go into withdrawal if I do that for more than one day (evening) a week. But I have been doing a lot of reading in the past few weeks, not all of it online. I wanted to gain at least some fundamental knowledge of server-side stuff and need to get more comfortable working with the DOM. I’m at the point with JavaScript/jQuery where, if it was a verbal language, I would understand the grammar (syntax) and could form simple phrases, but don’t have enough vocabulary to have a spontaneous conversation. I don’t like feeling that shaky.

I need to get back to coding, though. Have to keep using the HTML/CSS vocabulary.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in General


Above It All

I’m stealing an idea from WordPress and giving my practice site “theme” names. Above It All has all its elements floating above the background no longer tied to boxes and borders.

The design showcases the new CSS3 features of opacity, border-radius (makes rounded corners on boxes) and box-shadow, which means IE is not the best browser to use to view the site. The site doesn’t break, but the effects are reduced to a series of flat boxes.

I also included a couple of jQuery effects for this sample. The information in the left bar opens to show and hide information. The changes in the opacity for the navigation button roll-overs are also jQuery driven.

The business was borrowed from one of my student designs because I really like the header.

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Unpublished Work


Finding a theme

I know I shouldn’t keep fiddling with this blog since this is the one I’ve designated my portfolio. I think I’ve finally found a theme that will stay for awhile. “Choco” is a good balance between interest and simplicity, and is complete enough that I won’t want to play with the options. Much.

There are other themes that are better for customization, but I’m not ready to pay the fee for that option yet, primarily because I keep changing my mind! I’ll keep playing in my other (private) blog until I hit something that makes me want to keep it forever. Or a month. Without playing with it. “Choco” will be around for a long time.

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in WP Customized


Fun with CSS

Oh, the frustration!

Not the CSS, but with the fact that I can’t save all the changes I’ve been making to this layout. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing and will have to get “Sandbox” into my Drafty blog to really get creative.

They are going to get the $15 from me yet.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in General


Tamarack Shack

The owner of this thriving home-based business has been keeping a blog since opening day, but now wanted something more formal as a resource for her current and potential customers, as well as a place to show off her customers’ quilts. The request was for a very simply site, with easy navigation and familiar layout.

It’s worth a taking a look at the site for the beautiful quilts alone. Go to: Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Client Sites