Programmering a #techchallenge

So I started my E-portfolio journey with a very specific idea in mind. Because of this deep conviction in a simple idea, I was totally convinced that I had to program a website myself, because this was the only way to accomplish what I wanted.

This was my basic idea:



I wanted to have five or six circles in a circle that included images of food, appetizers, salad, dessert etc. I then wanted the mouseovers to say the word of what the image is depicting. This really simplistic idea, for some reason, I believed was unachievable so I endeavored on this long and arduous tech challenge of programming.

Now, I often use the term programmering to communicate how little I understand the act of interacting with a computer. I just wanted to clear that up in case there was any misunderstanding…

Anyway, I started this tech challenge just casually browsing the web and learning about the differences between html, html5, and css. Then I looked into what programs are the easiest to use to help you work toward this programmering goal. Many sites said that Adobe Dreamweaver is a good choice, and then there is also the free Google Web Designer. In case any of you are looking into doing this too, I definitely recommend Dreamweaver. Though it isn’t free, we have access to it through the U and the ease of use through previewing while you create your formatting is extremely useful.

I then started watching web tutorials on very easy formatting goals like including images and how to even create mouseovers. This is all very simple and, as I’ve learned, writing in html/css/whatever isn’t actually writing in a programmering language but using programming to format your website. It may look like a different language to a lot of people but it really isn’t; you’re just telling the application how and where to place your items. Real programmering looks like jibber jabber, and I’ll leave that to the professionals.

So after searching long and hard, and practicing with the help of a friend, I created this:

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So, I think we can all agree that it’s cute, but considering the hard work that I put into this, I was really upset with the end result. It was going to take a lot more time and energy than I can commit to it, and I’m honestly just really happy with the fact that I now know how to do this whole programmering thing. This is why I’ve decided that I’ll probably end up using a program like wix/weebly/etc to just add the pretty and professional things that I want to come through while I am communicating my writing.

So, not a complete waste, but a little sad none the less.

Things I Now Know About Myself: I am not a Computer Programmer

I’ve discovered that designing my e-portfolio is an absolutely terrific way to procrastinate productively.  I literally have six different sample e-portfolios going currently.  I could be doing homework, or….I could play on WordPress and Weebly.  I pick the latter.  Why do I have so many of these e-portfolios? I absolutely for the life of me cannot become a productive programmer.

Programming is just as complicated as I thought.  We tend to thing of writing just in formal languages through sentences and paragraphs to convey an argument.  We focus on diction, connotation, and sentence structure to complete a presentation for the piece. As writers, we choose to create our own forms of exploration with words.  Making a website is actually really similar in concept to writing.  How is the layout going to affect how people perceive a sight?  Colors, different Web 2.0 feeds, fonts, and design play into programmers form of exploration just as our choices play into our writing. Writing is something that is so comfortable for us.  All of my non-writing-loving friends don’t seem to grasp this.  I never understood how this didn’t make sense until…..well right now.

We write.  They program. The same way that we think writing is terrific, they seem to really like to program.  I am going to stick to writing I think and let them do their thing.  After thinking I went through the html code to create this masterpiece only to see literally jumbled up madness (I should have taken a screenshot…darn, I had the prophetic epiphany that I am not a computer programmer.  Though fun to mess around with, my effectiveness is quite minimal.

Needless to say, I am baking my friend Danek a batch of cookies this weekend and begging him for help.

I think that I am going to go with E-Portfolio version 4.0... <—click it. (I’ve got random commentary places to play with formatting.  emphasis on random).  What do you guys think?