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Web Design and Development

Web Design and Development

I began hand coding websites over ten years ago. My passion began with a desire to share a hobby I am of mine with others and within a year or so it grew to become a career.

You may be asking “what is a web developer and how are they different from a web designer?”
A web developer builds the web pages from the beginning – including layout, appearance, and function. The client’s needs and audience are taken into account, and the website should reflect what will be attractive to the target demographic. Since users will quickly leave a website that is difficult to navigate, doesn’t show up well on all browsers, or is time-consuming it is important for a web developer to make the layout simple and user-friendly, while still attractive and sophisticated.

A web designer, designs web pages. Much like a graphic designer, they provide a ‘flat image’ that is much like what you would see in a print advertisement for example. The developer then takes that design and moulds it into living, breathing website that interacts with people visiting it on the web.

Languages used: HTML, CSS, DHTML, Javascript, Action Script (Flash), JSP, PHP, ASP, .NET, CGI, XML, MySQL and Miva Script, are all languages I am familiar with and many of which I use on a daily basis.

Programs utilized: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, ImageReady, GoLive, Acrobat Professional and Microsoft Visual Studio are all part of my development “tool box”.