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Learn 4 Ways to Impress Your Boss and Team With Your Web Development Skills

August 13th, 2018

Firstly let me just say that contrary to the title I would always advocate not actually ‘trying’ to impress anyone. You should only ever do things for the right reason. However that said in my experience if you put the hard work in stick to your principles and work with everyone as you expect them to work with you, 90% of the time you will invariably impress people. Here’s my top 4 tips to set yourself apart from the crowd.

1) Don’t ‘moan’ about the code base

We have all been there, you are put on a project with ‘old messy’ a business critical application that is terrible in form but a mainstay nonetheless, seems like it just needs to be re-written? In my experience just haphazardly whinging about it doesn’t go anywhere, instead become an expert with it this will immediately make it more bearable, spend time with it, get to know it, write tools to help you inspect it. Bring it up at the right time sometimes (team meetings) but be judicious about complaining about it. You will become the go to point for that code and will be seen to be a ‘useful’ resource rather than a hindrance.

2) Express curiosity before shouting about your mastery

The most common downfall I see with developers is their desire to prove to people how much they know. Whilst the more each member on a team knows the better, this virtue can be rapidly unravelled by a developer who wants to blow their trumpet about how expert they are about a particular subject. In short this behaviour just seeks to irritate people. Instead find an inner peace and learn everything you can. Avoid advertising what you know or trying to prove it. If you do really know your onions let people discover this for themselves it will be more fun and people will respect you for it more.

3) Learn to prioritise and focus your web development tasks

Can’t stress this point enough. Find out what you have to do and put it in one single list that you can work in ORDER. If people come to you with things they want done then remember you ultimately need to be able to make decisions on the order that you work on something in a given timeframe. If you’re not allowed to then make sure you stand your ground you may need to politely explain if someone is trying to hijack your ‘flow’ as they could be micromanaging you. After you have set your priorities make sure you work on one task until completion, if you need switch your email off and set your mobile phone to ‘answerphone’. If people disturb you just let them know you will get back to them ASAP about it. If someone of authority does force you to stop what you are doing to work on something as a priority then politely explain that you are working on something but that you will do this seeing as they have expressed how important it is. Prioritising and focussing will ultimately lead to a greater amount of work achieved and you will be respected for the speed at which you work.

4) Get good on Saturday mornings and learn more programming skills

Sometimes learning during your working day can be difficult because you have to ‘deliver’ right? Fine, so think of Saturday mornings like this. A time when you no-one can tell you how or what to work on. I recommend looking into one subject that has been niggling you most recently and studying it in depth. Take a clean project in visual studio, get the MSDN site open on the relevant page and start coding something and investigating how it works. I call this ‘career investment’. The results won’t be immediate but over time as you do this every weekend you will become very proficient in areas that other people aren’t. The law of averages dictate that what you have learned will be useful on your project and people will respect you for your deep knowledge when this becomes apparent!

Utility of Joomla CMS for Web Development

August 12th, 2018

Over the years, the internet has grown in scale a lot to become perhaps the biggest marketplace for brands across industry verticals. Going online is one of most important strategies businesses have to take these days as they know a huge potential awaits in the digital world. Given so much prospects available over the web, it becomes important to be there and capitalize on all. This task will need you to have a feature-rich and powerful website – which can be designed and developed using a reliable and scalable platform. There are a lot of CMS systems available and one of them can be selected for web development purposes.

Further, Joomla is an award-winning and perhaps the most popular content management system software in the world bringing the ease to build, organize, publish and manage content. So, it can be used for websites, blogs, apps and intranets to benefit from its superior management capabilities. Also, its scalable MVC architecture is quite helpful for web application development purposes. It’s the kind of software that comes packed with a whole array of features so that the task of content publishing & management can become easy. Offering 66 languages, it’s a multilingual platform giving businesses a wider market to cater without much of investment.

Open source in nature, Joomla is used extensively to let websites of any nature reach to a much bigger audience. Further, it’s well supported by a huge community of users, developers and learners who add value to this software. And when it comes to updates, users can expect this platform to do the same with just a few clicks, as it has a built-in updater for the job. With its in-app contextual help system, users on any level will find it extremely easy to handle and operate this CMS. Not to forget, it allows easy uploading of media files and folders together with ease of management.

With Joomla, webmasters or marketers can add advertising and go about monetizing their website as they will get the kind of tool needed to create campaigns, add banners, track the clicks etc. It also gives the feature of extending basic contact information by letting you add several contacts, categories and departments on the site. Likewise, it has built-in search feature so that users never face problem in accessing information on a website and search whatever they need in a smart manner. What’s more, it brings some really wonderful features to make the task of content management a purely effortless exercise.

In addition, Joomla ensures that the task of content editing remains as simple and easy as webmasters or users often expect them to be. In fact, simple edits now needn’t happen only after logging into the admin section as they can be done directly from the frontend. Further, it lets people have a complete idea about the content, changes made to the content etc. This is why more users now look to benefit from Joomla as they want their sites to deliver ease and simplicity with content management.

What Is Responsive Web Development?

August 11th, 2018

Responsive layout and responsive design are the buzz words in the world of web design that keep a lot of people on their toes and help them make sure that they are doing everything right and really moving in the right direction with everything. Design has become one of the most important selling points in every type of business venture, and if a product has bad design it simply will disappear without a trace. That is true for be design where yours are so spoilt for choice they will leave a website that is not up to par in just minutes and will certainly never come back because they can always find a much better designed one and have as much fun with it as possible.

So what makes web design amazing? Well, first of all, it has to be clean and elegant, with the purpose of the website being loud and clear the minute you lay your eyes on it. The customers who want to do something with the website don’t have to guess what it is for and what the organization does – the design should speak for itself, coupled with high quality copy. Nowadays, it is important to have secure websites that are visible correctly form a multitude of different devices that are getting smaller all the time. If design has to be minimal, let it be.

Mobile use of the internet is always on the increase and that should always be kept in mind. No matter how beautiful a background image is, if it slows down the page it is absolutely unnecessary and the choice should always be for speedy loading time rather than some dubious aesthetic value. Customizable designs that respond to the users’ needs immediately are the hottest thing and you should always look for things that can make your user feel cherished and valued, and if the design of the page fulfills that goal, then you have succeeded. Web development is as important as design, and the back end should work just as well as the front end. It should be easy for admins to make changes to a website as the internet is a dynamic area where many things change constantly and making sure that the interest is kept alive should be the goal of every organization that maintains a website.

Usability and optimum user experience is what always comes first for all these endeavors. Thinking about the user should be the first priority of developers and designers, as well as tester who get rid of bugs. The result is what matters and you should always know what it means to have a great product on your hands – dedicated clients and many clicks.