Reflections

By: Kyle Fischer

Process of Coding Professional Site

The processes of writing and coding a web page have challenged what I have traditionally thought about writing. It has taught me to use elements and include information on a topic within the elements. For example, I have used grids and calculated percentages in order to layout the site. The site may not be as you originally drew it out on paper. As a coder, you can use properties of color and white space to enhance your site. For example, for the professional site assignment, I added certain colors to make it pleasant to the eye and joyful yet professional and make it seem powerful to users along with making it look more professional and creative. The white space added better readability for users and I added accessibility for those who have disabilities. For HTML, you use an element in order to embed a Twitter timeline to the web page to allow the user to go follow your account and see your tweets. Adding color and style to a webpage involves CSS and you have to code the actual font size and other aspects to make it less boring and more pleasing to the eye. For example, I had to use elements for design and content to make my professional site look better for other users.

Coding of the Professional Site

The project has continued to improve throughout the semester. Learning new coding along with the help of other students and the professor really benefitted the project. I also have made significant progress in designing webpages the way professional pages look. Applying borders, font styles, colors, and a decent background for the site really gave it the look it needed. I also added white space and used calculations for some features to make the boxes look more pleasant instead of guessing which is what I used to do. Through the readings, I have also gained knowledge of the different elements of web coding within each element. For example, I learned how to make a rounded border, better whitespace, better color choices, and more creative layouts and fonts. I never even knew some of the fonts that existed such as Cursive until I saw it as one of my font choices when seeing it when looking for Google fonts. Now I know that one could use well-known professional site fonts. If I had the time, I would have designed a gradient background using Photoshop to improve the color scheme, but I did not have Photoshop or the time to do so. I also would have used skills (if I had them) to add even more advanced graphics to the professional site using another coding language. That would have been an interesting thing to do. I am comfortable with writing for the Web, but there is always room to learn more about it. I know that God has me where he wants me with writing code. I trust that through my hard work and God's help that I will improve in writing code. In fact, I think I have come a long way in coding since the beginning of the semester. Now my site is more organized and the boxes fit the screen sizes better and are more accurate with proportions.