Week 2

This week I took notes while I watched some of the tutorial videos on lynda.com.  By the way, if you have a need to learn just about any type of technical or creative software on the market, check them out.  There are some free videos available or you can subscribe to their service.  Considering the cost of purchasing training videos or taking an actual class, the cost is quite reasonable.

Anyway, back to my notes.  I’ve decided to just post them as I wrote them, with some slight editing for spelling errors that happened due to the speed at which I was typing.

  • When you put an image on a page, or link to another file, Dreamweaver puts code on the page which then tells the browser where it can find the file or image.  If you move things around outside of Dreamweaver, you would have to make any changes manually.  If you do it via the file panel, Dreamweaver updates all the links automatically.  It also updates the links on other pages that link to that page.
  • You can create new files and folders through the Files panel.  If you create a new file, always remember to add the extension, such as .html.
  • It’s possible to change the Document Type Declaration if you mess up or if you bring in a page from an old website.  Dreamweaver will change the coding so that the page will then have the correct standards for the new DTD.

This is really just the tip of the iceburg.  I had yet another root canal, making me a bit fuzzy headed again this week.  I’m still on penicillin for the abscessed tooth, but even so, I think everything is really starting to sink in.  I may enjoy this class yet.  My main hope is that I will no longer fear coding, and so far, it’s looking a little less scary each day.


Week 1 Summary

I’m starting off at a slight disadvantage. I’d forgotten just how much it hurts to have a root canal – and I had two of them on Thursday. I’m not exactly sure how much I’ll retain from the readings this week. It’s a good thing I read quickly, as I’m sure I’ll have to reread everything.

Speaking of reading, here are two of the articles we read. The first is a review of 25 coding editors, including Dreamweaver. The second explains FTP software.

I still need to build my first webpage that isn’t a blog.

As part of our class requirements, we needed a subscription to Lynda.com. This is a site that Deke McLelland is always recommending, and I’ve taken advantage of several of the free tutorials on the site before. I definitely suggest checking them out. There is an enormous amount of information there on everything from the Adobe suite of products to basics like Excel and Word.

One of our tutorials suggested that we check out W3C – the World Wide Web Consortium. On this site, you can find out exactly what xHTML is and why it’s better than HTML. Under W3C A to Z are most of the topics that one would need for this or any other web design course.

Oh, and before I sign off, remember, the internet and the World Wide Web are not the same thing. The Internet is basically a whole bunch of networks. The Web is the documents, or pages, contained on those networks.

CAT 274

Hey guys! It’s a new semester and I’m back with two new classes. For one of my classes, I am required to blog. This makes me happy, since blogging is fun.

This semester, I am taking CAT 274, which is actually Web Design, and Art 120, Digital Photography. I’m guessing this blog and my main blog will both go through some changes over the next several months as I learn how to accomplish things beyond the templates available.

I may be required to move this blog over to WordPress. I do hope not, but if I do, I will link any new blog back to this one.

We are supposed to post a photo of ourselves. I am in the process of having a lot of dental work done, so I don’t smile in photos yet. This pic is of myself (on the left) and my friend Anne. It was taken at the Borders in Chapel Hill, NC, the day after Christmas.