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I’ve been persisting with Rob Percival’s course which has progressed from Javascript to the flashy features of JQuery and Bootstrap. I do like the way the course sets challenges that force you to figure out how to use the code from scratch yourself, as this is the best way to learn and it avoids the feeling of being spoonfed knowledge. I had a particularly fiddly time putting together a dummy site in Bootstrap as the formatting system of columns and rows takes some getting used to, and it took me ages to figure out why some elements were centred on the page and others weren’t – but I got there in the end.

Now I’ve got as far as the WordPress module and I have to admit I find it a little unsatisfying moving pre-formatted widgets around after all that programming. But I’ve no doubt it will serve me well in my web developer career to have experience of working with WordPress themes, and it’s obviously a good way to quickly put together a site that looks great.

My challenge for this section is to put together two WordPress sites – one is a portfolio that will be my professional calling card (although I don’t have a lot to put on it right now), and the other is an e-commerce site, which has set my imagination to work figuring out what to sell. I can sense a new musical side project coming on!

Aside from that I’ve been reading Jon Duckett’s excellent HTML & CSS: Design & Build Websites – most of the information in there is familiar to me now, but it makes it all super-clear and easy to understand. Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think is giving me some useful lessons in clear web design.

I’ve also taken a crash course in Bash and installed a whole series of developer tools (I barely know what they do at this point) with a view to starting to program in Ruby.

Not bad for a week’s work. Lots more to come…

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