“I mean really, whatever you woke up worrying about this morning, get over it. How important in the greater scheme of things can it possibly be? Make your peace and move on.”
Ken Robinson

The Element

Study Study Study


I haven’t developed much in my technological career – because I don’t really have the patience for it. The reality of SweetClarity is drawing me back in – it seems like, for now, I need to get my hands back into development. I have solid foundations in software development, databases, methodology, etc. I have no practical experience developing web applications (though I did head a bold organizational .ASP project when the technology was questionable – this started sometime in 1999).

I’ve subscribed to Lynda – an online training service…where they seem to have many of the courses I need to get back into things (and it only costs $25 per month with unlimited access). I originally had a list of 3 topics to cover:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP

As I have begun to dig deeper into these technologies the list expanded to include:

  • Javascript
  • CodeIgniter (this is a PHP framework I chose to use – it is not covered in Lynda’s course).

I have completed the HTML course, I am almost through the PHP course and I am midway into the CSS course and now the list has grown to include

  • AJAX

Additional topics that are on hold  include Adobe flash related technologies – but these really can wait (I am praying that by the time they become relevant we’ll have a capable developer on board to take this off my hands completely):

  • Flash
  • Flex
  • AIR

I am thankful that I don’t need to fuss around much with Apache and that my previous SQL experience is relevant and applicable to MySQL – otherwise those would be on the list as well.

My head is bursting with information – I have been shooting straight through for about a week. Thankfully it is holding together because I know why I need these technologies and how they come together to enable me to do what I need to do. There is a context and each technology plays a role within that context and is an enabler on the way.

I also greatly appreciate how far these technologies have come and how mature they are methodoligically. Though it is a lot to learn, development feels more streamlined and mature then it did when I last fiddled with it some years ago. I am actually looking forward to start coding. This will probably happen in the next few days.

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