Weekly Reflection – Week 1 to 5

Its only been 5 weeks since I started university but over that short space of time I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. Each week has shown me something new. This post is a week by week run through of the things I’ve learnt and the different  programs I’ve come across.

I’ll start by going back to week 1. Week 1 was all about the history of the web. I learnt about its creation and about its creator, Tim Berners-Lee. I actually wrote about him in a related blog post which you can find here. I also looking into HTML which was also created by Tim Berners-Lee. I did all of my research of him online and didn’t come across any problems. There is a wealth of pages and sites about him. I’ll list my resources at the end of this blog if you feel like doing some research of your own.

In week 2 I learnt about search engines. I learnt how they work, what they do and the different types of search engines there is. I conducted some research into Steve Wozniak using different search engines and search techniques to try and improve my research method. Below is a table of searches I made and the results I got from them:

Search Engine Criteria Result
Google Steve Wozniak http://www.biography.com/people/steve-wozniak-9537334
http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/WOZNIAK.HTM
http://www.landsnail.com/apple/local/woz_gig/woz.html
http://www.crunchbase.com/person/steve-wozniak
http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/attractionslandmark1/a/stevewozniak.htm
The history of Steve Wozniak http://www.markusehrenfried.de/mac/applehistory.html
http://inventors.about.com/od/Computer-Geek/p/Steve-Wozniak.htm
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/wozniak.htm
Yahoo Steve Wozniak biography http://biography.yourdictionary.com/steve-wozniak
Steve Wozniak history http://www.pophistorydig.com/?tag=steve-wozniak-history

You can click any of the links in that table to see the pages I looked at. I posted my findings in this blog post. He is a pretty interesting guy and I enjoyed learning a bit about him. This was my first real experience with the search engine Yahoo and I can honestly say I didn’t like it. First of all the Yahoo site doesn’t look nice at all and although the actual search results page looks similar to Google’s one, I found that it didn’t produce results that were half as good. That is just my opinion anyway.

Week 3 was all about HTML and I got my first experience with Dreamweaver. I went online this week too and try to learn some basic HTML to get me up to speed. I found some great resources that you can read about here. I have had brief experience with HTML so have some basic knowledge but could definitely improve on what I know. I didn’t find it difficult and have since been able to replicate what I learnt that week.

During week 4 I carried on learning about HTML and other mark-up languages. I moved away from Dreamweaver and went back to basics. Pen and paper! I had to annotate a web page and write down what code was being used and where. I found this easy. By dong it on paper and having to actually write it off the top of my head without the help of Dreamweaver I found that this really solidified my learning. I was able to recall the code used for different section and write them down so that someone could pick up that bit of paper and build that web page. I certainly think I’m well on my way to becoming much better at HTML.

That brings us to this week and today in fact. This week was all about designing the web. Today was also the first time I have ever used Adobe Fireworks (as I write this, fireworks are going off outside my apartment, I kid you not). I liked how simple it was compared to the likes of Photoshop and Illustrator. My previous experience with vector programs, which I talk about here, has already give me a good understanding of how Fireworks should operates. I say ‘should’ because as I’ve found in the past, although these programs do very similar stuff they can actually operate very differently. Thankfully Fireworks isn’t too complicated and I’m hoping to pick it up in no time. I’m getting to the point now where I’m really enjoying my web lessons in university. After all this is what I came to uni to learn about in the first place. The use of Dreamweaver was great. Tinkering with code and making thinks do what I want, for me was actually really therapeutic. I’m keen to learn a lot more about Dreamweaver but haven’t had the chance just yet. Firework was also something enjoyable. I found that I could quickly create content for a web page and save it in a format that is sensitive to the webs restrictions. I.e. bandwidth and browser type.

I’m excited about next week and I’m hoping for more work on either Dreamweaver or Firework. From here on you will be able to read a weekly update of the things I’m learning and my thoughts about the subjects. In the future they will probably have a bit more detail in them, as I won’t be trying to remember what happened 5 weeks ago. Sometime I can remember what happened 5 minutes ago.

If you are studying the same subject as me then leave me a comment and let me know what you have thought of Dreamwaver and the like. If your not studying the same subject as me then leave a comment anyway about your experience at university and how your finding it so far. Is your courses living up to expectations? Is it better then expected? Let me know!

 


Addison Wesley Longman (1998). ‘A history of HTML’ W3.org http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/book4/ch02.html

Ross Shannon. ‘What is HTML? HTML’ Source.com http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/starthere/whatishtml.html

W3c.org. ‘W3C Mission’ http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission

Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com Guide. ‘What is HTML? Learn More About the History of Web Page Markup’ About.com http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmlxhtmltutorials/a/what-is-html.htm

W3school.com. ‘Web Standards’ http://www.w3schools.com/web/web_standards.asp

Anders Møller and Michael I. Schwartzbach. ‘An Introduction to XML and Web Technologies’. Addison-Wesley, January 2006

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