This week had us creating a page for a traveling circus using bootstrap. We started out with a bootstrap template downloaded from the bootstrap website and added what we needed to suit our circus site. The biggest problem I had was displaying the photos I chose on my carousel. One was showing but the other two weren’t, even though they showed up fine when I displayed them locally, when I put them on the server those two would not work. Finally, I put different pictures in and it fixed it but I still don’t know what was wrong.
Well, here is my circus page.
We are also supposed to make turn the prototype for our continuing project into actual pages that can be navigated and begin to look like a real website.
This we we worked on Less, a language that simplifies and shorten the amount of code in a style sheet. Our weekly project was to take the css from our form and convert it to less. Less seems pretty useful, particularly when you’re working with colors and giving them variables, but it’s giving me browser compatibility issues with chrome so I’m not sure that I like it very much despite the advantages.
We are also supposed to make a prototype for our website so here’s mine.
This weeks assignment was to create a form page for our website. In class we went over some css and html, looked at some examples on the web, and talked a little about less and bootstrap.
The class also looked at Chrome developer tools which seem pretty useful for learning. I haven’t gotten the link to work yet, I’m waiting for an email back from Dr. Brown to tell me what I did wrong but Here is my page I will have my form on. It currently holds a placeholder for as I wasn’t sure what I was doing with my web site when I made it.
Web Site questions and answers
1. What is your site?
I think I will make a site about the various things I have for sale, with links to what I have on E-bay and Amazon. Sort of an online yard sale.
2. How many pages you will have in the site?
4 or 5
3. What (briefly) does each page do?
An Intro page, a Contact page, a page for each category of things for sale (used video games and books so far), and
maybe a page for things I’m willing to put up for sell but haven’t yet.
Not sure about the rest of the questions yet
4. What visual (drawing) component does your site contain?
5. What data will be maintained locally (cookies, HTML storage) to support your site?
6. What data will need to be maintained on the server to support your site?
7. Briefly describe how your site will work, including information about how local and server storage is accessed.
My background in computer technology so far consists of the following claasses that I have taken:
Intro to information Technology
Intro to programming using Java
and Intro to Database Design
In intro to information technology I enjoyed working with HTML to create a basic Website. My goal in this class is to be able to create a professional looking website and I look forward to learning the more advance aspects of web design.
In the first week of intro to internet software development, Dr. Brown introduced us to internet protocols and the communication between browser and server, in particular http which is the protocol of the web. We will be building a website portfolio that shows the work we do in this class.
In this course, intro to computer technology, it seems like we dabbled a bit in everything. My favorite part was making my own game using the Scratch programming environment. While it was an extremely simplistic approach to game design, it gave a good glimpse into the inner workings of games and computer animation. I don’t think I’ll be going into either field, but it has instilled in me a curiosity to investigate further, even if it’s just for fun.
There’s no better way of learning than by doing, and there were a decent amount of hands on projects in this course. What better way to learn about HTML than to make your own website? How else would you get an idea of robotics without programming one? As for the aforementioned Scratch game, I learned more about animation than I ever could just reading about it.
Introduction to information technology is an excellent stepping stone for anyone in the technology field. In particular, people who are not sure what they want to do could gain great benefit from this technology sampler course. I know I feel more sure of the direction that I want to take after completing this course.
One thing I think could improve is maybe a little less lecture and more lab. As I mentioned before, I get much more out of doing things and very little out of listening. At the very least, I need more visuals rather than staying on the same slide for a while. There was just a bit too much focus on auditory learning, and not enough on the visual-kinetic side.
This time we are making robots using the Lego Mindstorm robot kit. It was pretty fun, but I wish there had been enough for us to each have our own robot instead of using groups, which I felt was very stifling and hindered creativity immensely (I’m not blaming my partner or teacher, I’m just not very good in groups). I still think we did ok though, my partner did most of the building while I did the programming and us both giving each other input, we made a bot that detected objects and avoided them.
These two weeks have us all working on creating a program using Scratch, a drag and drop based visual programming system. Our assignment is to create a basic animation or video game using Scratch. I chose to do a video game as that seemed to be more interesting and is something that I would like to be able to do someday anyway, although not as a job in itself. From what I understand if I can make a videogame it means I can use pretty much everything in a programmers arsenal, like logic, graphics, sound, interactivity, etc. although of course I wouldn’t be using scratch so it would be much harder.
For my Program I made a simple game of a knight slaying a dragon. The knight traversed a scrolling background before coming across a dragon. The dragon attacked randomly and the knight had the ability to dodge.
In week 8 we kept working on our personal websites, and started learning about databases. For one thing, I didn’t know before this that what I thought to be a database was actually a database management system accessing a database for the user. Databases are very interesting to me, because I can see that they can have so many different uses for different people. They are not even as hard to work with as they could be thanks to database management systems.
I feel that the Assembly Language simulator was very helpful for understanding the way a computer does certain things. It allowed me to follow the execution of problems step-by-step and let me see how the information in each register changed with each step.
In these weeks we learned about html. I have actually been interested in learning about web site creation for a while now but never got around to it, mainly because I have no need for a website myself. Making Websites is somehow both harder and easier than it looks although that makes no sense whatsoever. It looks easy if you just look at a site and see the pictures and words while thinking that it looks like making a scrapbook, putting pictures here and words there. However, It definitely looks hard when viewing the source code of a site, which looked like a bunch of nonsense before learning more about how the tags worked to give form to web content. We also learned about network topology and internet protocols but I hound Html much more enjoyable to learn, in particular creating my own website was fun.