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    Boring?! Are you insane?!

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    Well, I wasn't before I took this job...

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    It was my job to run the BBS and other things when the Web became available so it became a collateral duty. Hated doing it and when I changed jobs, feigned no knowledge of Internet stuff as long as I could.... didn't last long. Later I decided to play with some things just because I didn't like the way some of the pages looked on the web.... I've been here at least part-time ever since.
    Last edited by opifex; 09-16-2009 at 03:39 PM. Reason: spelink
    ...but stupidity is terminal.

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    It doesn't seem like web development is something you just "decide" to do. It comes at you in some way and then you take an interest. It seems like it's not a "hmm... today I think I'll learn to build websites". I think it's something you learn when you need it, or when someone else asks you to do it.

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    How did you go about learning web design and development?

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    Picked apart code I found in other websites. Which led to horrific abuse of HTML.

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    Somewhere between 5th and 6th grade I saw my older brother showing my dad some HTML that he was learning in High School. Having recently learned a little QBasic from my dad in gradeschool, my mind was primed for another geekventure. So, I did a little research and patched together my first public site in ... 6th or 7th grade, I think (12 or 13 years ago).
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    I had my first kid and wanted to put pics online for the family to view.

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    How I got into it:
    Because no one else wanted to do it as their "other duties as assigned."

    How I learned it:
    By posting stupid stuff here, and being told what I did wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDLA View Post
    How I learned it:
    By posting stupid stuff here, and being told what I did wrong.
    To whom does that sound familiar? *Raises hand*

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    I already knew sgml, so adapting to html wasn't a big deal... there was ONE set of standards! Of course very few paid attention to them and later the M$ people decided to make their own set of standards for their browsers.
    I was a C, Pascal and Lisp programmer and had varying degrees of fluency in other languages and was flexible... there was always a "Gumby" mascot nearby.
    I learned more from fixing poorly constructed pages than starting from scratch... I still recommend that my students fix bad coding as a way to learn today.
    JavaScipt (NOT JScript) was neat to learn and useful... and when Apache added mod_perl I got excited. It was a brave new world...
    Last edited by opifex; 10-06-2009 at 09:56 PM.
    ...but stupidity is terminal.

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    Personally, during my university I was doing AI stuff, mainly Natural Language Processing. Since I needed to pay my courses, I accept some contracts as web developer.

    After that, my 'main' work experience was in web so people only offer me contracts related to this. By default, I gain my experience in web dev domain, so today people only offers me jobs related to that domain.

    Until I have money, and time, to concentrate on AI, I'll continue to do web dev. But by chance, there's some interesting and challenging things to do in web development today...

    MGB

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    Topped computing studies at school. After no real previous experience it gave me a lot of confidence. Then i landed in a tafe course and got a really good feel for web languages including html, javascript and asp.

    Cool thread - very interesting read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Initial Man View Post
    To whom does that sound familiar? *Raises hand*
    *raises hand
    "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it is too dark to read." - Mark Twain

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    Cool thread - very interesting read.
    I started this hoping to see some interesting stories. It's turning out well!

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