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Web Design and Development by Anna T

Tag: web-jobs

Uber’s New Recruits (and the Light at the End of the Tunnel)

This week’s group chat was meant as part ‘inspirational pep talk’ and part ‘look what types of jobs are out there.’  We read an article about Uber and their newest software engineering apprentices.  Needless to say, for all of us, it was EXACTLY what we needed to hear at this point in the program!

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UX Design with Susan Simkins

Activity:  UX Design with Susan Simkins from Big Wing Media
Description of Activity:  Donuts and Demo Presentation
Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  October 14, 2017 @ 10am

Student Evaluation:

  1. Why did you select this activity?  I am very interested in the field of UX Design.
  2. Would you recommend this activity for other students? Why or why not?  I thought this was a fascinating talk, not just about UX but about the changing concepts within the tech field.  Careers are constantly changing and evolving as new expectations and demands are being made.
  3. What did you like best about this activity?  I enjoyed learning about the different resources to check out if one is interested in pursuing a career in this field.  And learning about Atomic Design which was a great new discovery for me!
  4. What did you like least about this activity? How would you make the activity better?  I thought it was a great presentation!  I would have liked if it lasted longer with more explanation of the day-to-day.
  5. What is a creative idea/concept you can take away from this experience and possibly implement into your work?  I plan on going through all the resources she listed and delving deeper into UX.  It’s such a new and evolving field that I can’t wait to see what happens next, especially in OKC!

UX Resources:

Books:

UX Team of One by Leah Buley
Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
Observing the User Experience

Online Courses:

Udemy
Pluralsight
Lynda
Interaction Design Foundation
YouTube (Research sources)

 

Accessibility and UX Dreams

This week I’ve been learning all about Accessibility and the User Experience.  I gotta say, after learning about what User Experience Designers do, I’m fascinated and actively researching the field!  So much goes into the User Experience than just the look of the webpage.  I had no idea!

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Tips for Landing a Junior Web Developer Job

job seekerThis week’s group chat had us reading a popular article from the ‘get hired’ site, Skillcrush on how to land a junior web developer job.  Who doesn’t want to work in tech these days? After seeing and hearing things about Google’s Googleplex or Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters or even just the chance of working remotely from wherever, just about everyone is looking to break into the tech world!

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CSS Grid is HERE!!!

This week’s group chat discussed the brand new CSS grid layout that hit the web recently.  I could have REALLY used this for my last assignment!  Trying to figure out floats and inline-blocks in CSS is quite the trip for a newbie developer.  Shout out to all the extremely helpful developers on Twitter and in real life who helped me with that debacle.
It’s time to design layouts like we design everything else — typography, color — unique to each project  -Jen Simmons
Jen Simmons’ article on the new CSS grid layout enlightened me on what I need to focus on going forward.  After reading her article, I scoured the web and Twitter on anything and everything I could find on this new layout and its future.  There’s a lot of excitement about this.  I guess my own frustrations about CSS layout were pretty commonplace.

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A Day in the Life of a Web Developer with Kris Vanderwater

Name:  Anna T
Activity:  Donuts and Demos:  Kris Vanderwater of Acquia
Description of Activity:   Kris Vanderwater of Acquia discussed a Day in the Life of a Web Developer, Drupal, PHP, and code.

Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  Saturday, December 10 @ 10am

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Student Evaluation:
  1. Why did you select this activity?  I’ve really enjoyed all of the Donuts and Demos presentations I’ve attended and so I chose to attend this one.  I’m glad I did because the discussion was fascinating!
  2. Would you recommend this activity for other students? Why or why not?  Absolutely!  It was great to be in the same room with other students in the program.  The topic was fascinating and incredibly relevant to me.  Kris was an enthusiastic speaker and really broke down the code and what life as a web developer looks like.  His discussion on Drupal was particularly interesting to me because my work uses Drupal for our Intranet so I was familiar with the layout.
  3. What did you like best about this activity?  I really enjoyed the discussions about code, particularly PHP.  I also really liked his advice for those going into the field.  Learn as much as you can and specialize.  Kris was a great speaker!
  4. What did you like least about this activity? How would you make the activity better?  There wasn’t anything that I found disappointing.  It was a great experience with incredibly relevant info!
  5. What is a creative idea/concept you can take away from this experience and possibly implement into your work?  Kris talked about how 83% of the web is PHP and how important it is to specialize.  I’ve been looking into PHP and if that might be something I was to specialize in.  I know that my current job utilizes Drupal heavily and it would be advantageous for me to focus on that.  I plan on looking into some of the resources he mentioned at the end of the talk:  drupalize.me and buildamodule.com

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Bootstrap: To Use or Not to Use… That is the Question

For this week’s group chat we had to read two articles on popular framework site, Bootstrap.  I haven’t gotten far enough in the coursework yet to have played around with Bootstrap but I’ve heard about it from friends and fellow students to be curious about it.

The pro-Bootstrap article can be found here.

The anti-Bootstrap article can be found here.

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How to Land a Developer Job Without a CS Degree

This week we read this article by Codementor about landing your first developer job without a Computer Science degree.   As a newbie developer who lacks this degree (but I’m super when it comes to language arts degrees!), this article was a must read!

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