Baby Steps

Over the course of the past three months, one lesson has  become abundantly clear.  I have a lot yet to learn about web design and computer science, and most likely, always will.  I have just started to scratch the surface of what is possible within the context of XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  My computer-based abilities have improved dramatically, but I still have a long way to go.  Just as fast as I can learn these new skills, the technologies related to computer science and web design will require me to learn even more new skills.

Over the course of this semester, I have learned a lot about design principles, the professional process of web design, information structures, careers in web design, web communication theories, internet law, writing for the web, image and web management tools, accessibility, usability, functionality and XHTML, CSS and JavaScript coding.  My accomplishments by the end of this semester will include the launch of a portfolio web site and the coding of some very simple JavaScript computer games to include my own version of Mine Sweeper.

I consider myself to be organized, logical, and structured.  For me, the scariest and most uncomfortable concepts I have had to tackled this semester are those concepts that deal with artistic design and aesthetic appeal.  To me, functionality always supersedes appeal but I also know that artistic appeal serves its own function.

As I continue to develop web projects for my portfolio, CSS and design components continue to cause me much more stress than functional components.  With these projects, I have also learned how easy it is to skip ahead and how frustrating it is to correct mistakes when you try to tackle projects out of order.  It is much better to make sure all components of a step are completed before you attempt to move on to the next step.

Below are a couple of screenshots from a few of my current projects.

Noble Bear Portfolio SiteMine SweeperCalculator

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About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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