Archive | March, 2013

Learning HTML – Subpost 4

17 Mar

Today I will be covering the basics of PHP, and what it does. My reference for this part of the study is http://www.killersites.com/PHP/, which is a credible source because, well, their stuff works.

PHP is a popular web language along HTML/CSS and Javascript because it allows for form processing, “easy to learn and use” and provides a way to do “server-side” actions. In order to run PHP scripts, however, the server must support the ability to “interpret” PHP – that is, “translate” the PHP to machine-understandable code.

PHP is convenient since it can be embedded in HTML. For example, on their website, they provide the sample code:

<body>

<?PHP

print ‘My first PHP script!’;

?>

</body>

This is interesting since the syntax of PHP uses the open/close tag system of HTML. And of course, the code snippet does exactly what it says when run: it prints “My first PHP script!” The important thing, however, is to save the site as a .php, not as a .html. This is important. Because how else would the server know to anticipate php code?

Part 3 of the tutorial is “coming soon” (I am not to sure how soon, though), but I did learn a lot about introductory php in this lesson. I learned how to run and implement it on my own machine, and I also learned about a couple of commands such as strlength(); overall, the language seems to be similar to the other languages I have been introduced to.

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Colors and Artwork – Subpost 4

3 Mar

Today I will be using the website http://designinstruct.com/web-design/clean-classy-web-design-photoshop/

This website provides a tutorial on creating a “classy web design on photoshop.”

The first important thing I notice when making the website design is the use of noise, such as in Step 4. Noise is important since it adds an organic feel to a website – a texture, almost like the surface of a table or a rock. I had trouble with the menu links, since Photoshop Elements does not have the same capabilities as the full version of photoshop.

The texturing in step Step 7 was interesting since I haven’t done textures before. I had no idea that it was that easy!

In Step 8, drop shadows were used to enhance the title text. I thought that the use of drop shadows in this particular case was especially notable since white shadows were used for black text – a new and interesting way to embolden text. The outer glow in the next step added a subtle but effective touch to the text.

I thought the part about the slideshow area was interesting, too. I hope that one day I would be able to create slideshows to put on websites; creating slideshows takes programming power that I have not learned yet.