I've recently become intruguied by what seems to be an increasingly popular subject to disagree upon in "geek blogs" and web development tech articles-- especially between, in one corner, a certain population of the Formal, Univeristy or Tech-school Trained Programming community (a community which we tend to associate with ASP, and other more costly development environments), versus those Open Source / PHP Patriots in the opposing corner who hold, inherently (and understandably so), an opposing viewpoint.
As ‘new’ technology develops and emerges, so do the heavy Ad Campaigns from their manufacturers-- that is, if those Software Developers are entities like Microsoft, Sun, Adobe, etc.. Take ASP.NET 2.0 for example. As quite the "Newb" to web development when it was released, I was wont to follow the masses and believe that ASP.NET was in fact the only serious choice for a scripting language for use in web development. Now that i'm more educated on the subject, i realize of course that this was not true. It only took a bit of research on my part to realize the power of PHP in the hands of an educated developer.
Nevertheless, it seems as though the viability of PHP as a stable, secure, and industry worthy development environment has recently come under more heavy fire by members of the closed-source camp, and moreover, there is an apparently heated debate over MySQL's struggle for Credibility in the Enterprise environment.
Before i "talk your ear off", i'd like to provide the link to my
"Brief Overview of Cascading Style Sheets".
Below is just my commentary on why i decided to create such a web site. Thanks for visiting!
Fortunately for me because she's a really great person, I am friends with Dr. Marlene Burkhardt, Associate Professor of Information Technology at Juniata College, Huntington, PA. Dr. Burkhardt and I are actually partners in a part-time business which she manages in her spare-time off from instructing at the college. Marlene and I met because I am her daughter Sara's private guitar tutor. Dr. Burkhardt and I became friends through many candid conversations before and after Sara's guitar sessions, having a shared interested in IT and emerging IT hardware and software, as well as the social function of IT itself.
I'm going to speak this week, Thursday, October 27th, at Juniata College for Dr. Burkhardt's IT class. This little clinic will be an Introduction to CSS. As part of my Lesson Plan / Documents for the day, I decided to make this little site. Yeah, I really do manage my time poorly. However, I think it might be the start of something cool. As I write these words (Late Oct. 2005), what you will see at that link is a VERY incomplete composition, but you should be able to see where it's headed. Take note of the navigation at the top-- the idea there being a sort of chronological flow of how one might approach the business of Web Design and Development. This particular navigation represents that of a Web Designer who maintains a duality, functioning also as web server administrator. As it develops, it's turning into basically a mirror of what my lesson plan for this little clinic.
Please feel free to give me some feedback on that little page! Once it's finished, I'll probably post some more info about it-- if anyone can get any use out of it, i'd be delighted!