E-training diary: week two

Computer Weekly reader Jonathan Steel, the winner of a four-week e-commerce training course provided by People Energy Training,...

Computer Weekly reader Jonathan Steel, the winner of a four-week e-commerce training course provided by People Energy Training, spills the beans on his second week of tuition


Pete explained in the introduction that for the first three days of this week we would be focusing mainly on learning the syntax and form of HTML code, with a view to creating an imaginary grocery Web site. The second part of the week we would spend looking at the various design packages that the designers would use to create the static Web site that we would use.


By the end of the day we had, through lectures, online wizards and exercises, been taken through all the main areas of HTML code. This included simple formatting of Web content to drop down lists, tables, forms and frames.


The entire day was spent drawing together what we had learnt over the last two days and we began creating our static grocery store site. There were no formal lectures as such but if we got stuck trainers were on hand to talk us through the problem.


We had our first look at a design package, Macromedia Flash. A two-hour lecture in the morning took us through how to create simple animations that could be embedded in a Web site. The afternoon was spent following exercises that created small animations that could be used in our example Web site.


The aim for the day was to create our grocery store Web site effectively without having to manually code in either HTML or Javascript. For me personally this was the most interesting day of the week as a real life designer came in to take us through the process he uses as a designer to create a Web site.

Andy, the designer, took us through the three main packages that he uses to create the static Web site before passing it onto his coders - Fireworks, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.

In the space of a morning we created a Web site far more pleasing to the eye and with much greater functionality than had been possible in the three days of hand-cranking code using notepad and a browser. By the end of the afternoon we all had static Web sites that were ready for adding interactive functionality. This would form the basis of next week's lectures and exercises on Web site interactivity.

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