My dad “funded” me to take some online courses to “power” myself up as a web designer/developer so I can adapt myself to the latest trends around the web. Who knows, maybe I can find some ways to improve my current site projects using this new web markup (when it’s finally available and compatible to all browsers. IE is being a biznatch for being such a snob when it comes to web standards and W3C compliance, which is why the “web technology experts” loathe the dang browser).
So, I’m starting off with learning/studying HTML5. I’m taking these online courses at SitePoint, the folks behind my favorite web development textbooks that’s all stacked up in my bookshelf at the moment and is also one of my frequently visited websites whenever I feel like reading articles about the latest web technologies and structures. At this point I’m still curious what the hoopla is behind HTML5 (and CSS3, which I’ll be taking right after I’m done with HTML5). Good thing there’s no deadlines or anything so I can finally study at ease without procrastinating.
There are 10 lessons total and I’m only on Lesson 2. There’s videos to watch, articles to read and even some hands-on coding samples to understand the differences between HTML5 and the current markup that I’m used to code with: XHTML 1.0 (I never really gotten around to studying/practicing the module-based XHTML 1.1). I can’t wait to do the hands-on part, but I need to understand the entire concept first before I jump in to the hands-on part.
At the moment I’m at a loss on how I’m going to seriously build and design my supposed portfolio site. I’ve tried it all, but laziness still overpowers me. At the moment I’m going through the business card approach where everything is just straightforward. Don’t you just hate it when you feel so awesome building wonderful user-friendly sites for other people and yet you can’t even figure out how to make an awesome user-friendly site for yourself? At least I’m able to do it with this blog, but presenting your work via an online portfolio is a whole different ballgame.
There’s so many (web) projects that I’m involved with right now that’s absolutely perfect to showcase on my portfolio, and yet until now I still don’t know how or what my portfolio site should look like. Content isn’t really a problem. Presentation is the major challenge on this one. I really need to divert myself away from my fandoms, books and writing (unending) fiction and really get crackin’ on the portfolio.