Blog

Keep up to date with my latest adventures in the world of Web Development and tech in general.

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Apr '19

Data Flow Diagrams

2 minute read

When we first started doing Data Flow Diagrams at the start of the semester I thought they were the worst thing in the world. However, as I came to understand them more and start to think about more real-world business problems that I was encountering such as creating a website for my Dad or as …

19
Apr '19

Firebase

1 minute read

During our Web Technologies practical lessons, we have to follow a set of instructions to create a website or simple script. The lecturer has hosted the notes for the unit on Firebase. I’d looked into Firebase before but couldn’t understand how to use it. However, when an extended task came up in lesson I gave …

19
Apr '19

Angular, React, Vue, Node

2 minute read

Whilst working on various projects this semester I’ve encountered the following technologies: Angular, React, Vue, and Node. I’ve experimented with them to some extent and found Node Package Manager quite useful. Initially, when I first heard about them I thought they were JavaScript Libraries like JQuery, however, they are far from it. Each technology is …

16
Apr '19

Git

1 minute read

As part of my studies at Solent, we were introduced to using Git in our workflow. Git is useful as it means mistakes can be corrected by rolling back the code to a version that worked. I’d come across this before at Fluid Studios Ltd. where they were using Git Kraken, however, I’d never really …

6
Feb '19

Transferring my hosting package from 1and1 IONOS to iPage

2 minute read

I think transferring hosting provider was the single greatest nightmare I’ve had in my life. I bought a few domains with 1and1, hoping to get SSL certificates that were advertised, however you only get one SSL certificate per contract. I’d have to create multiple contracts for all my domains, and then would not be able …

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Nov '18

Wix Vs WordPress

2 minute read

Now I’ve come across two instances of Wix in the past couple of months. Neither website was optimised for mobile. Wix has the option there, but it’s incredibly hard to use, you can change one thing and it will delete half the content on your site. The drag and drop editor is extremely slow, it’s …

8
Nov '18

rankingCoach

1 minute read

I attended a workshop in Hotel Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin on rankingCoach by Alasdair Stone. It was a very interesting event and we learnt about how to optimize website for search engines. We also learnt how to use tools such as Google My Business. I came away from the event with a lot of notes …

17
Oct '18

Material Design

6 minute read

“Make beautiful products, faster. Material is a design system – backed by open-source code – that helps teams build digital experiences” Material.io Material is a design language created by Google in 2014 for the Android platform. It has unified Android apps under a single design format. This has helped to give the Android platform a …

7
Oct '18

Barcamp Southampton

2 minute read

I went to a Barcamp in Southampton, which consists of people giving talks on things they find interesting, with a heavy bias on technology. The normal talks last 45 minutes to an hour. They also have an opportunity to give lightning talks after lunch which last about 10 minutes and can be about anything. I …

4
Oct '18

CSS Grid

5 minute read

“CSS Grid Layout is shaping up to be the layout tool we’ve always wanted on the web.” Stacy Kvernmo (September 19, 2016) In the early days of the web, developers laid things out using tables. Tables are only designed for tabular data and developers were splitting GIFs up to lay them out and create visually …

8
Jun '18

Web Design and Development

1 minute read

I’ve just started my first proper job in the Web Design and Development industry at Fluid Studios Ltd and it’s going really well. I’m also starting to get ready for university, the next big exciting chapter in my life.