W3 4r3 73h w3bm4$74r!!!1

I’ve said in past entries that I’m becoming much more serious about web design, as you may recall. I think the Net is going to have a second wave of prosperity in the near future (beginning in the next one to three years probably), and I think that wave will be due to the increasing popularity of using standards (CSS, XHTML, etc.) to create powerful, beautiful websites without messy, overly-verbose code. As long as the browsers of the world can keep up, which in every case but Internet Explorer’s I think they can, we’ll have a lot of happy authors and a lot of happy viewers/readers/users out there.

But enough about my ivory-tower idealism. Steph heard that there was an opportunity to create a website for the Cupertino Education Association, and she told me about it. We then thought about the fact that Steph has a good amount of knowledge of the inner-workings of the CEA, a newfound love of webpage authoring, and an advanced sense of aesthetics. We realized that when those skills are combined, nay, welded to my knowledge of PHP, MySQL, CSS, and webpage layout, a gargantuan machine of a webmaster emerges, resplendent in the glory of its own untapped potential. Within its furious roar the zen of the web lays, unmolested.

So we made a webpage and showed it to them. They really liked it so they’re paying us to make the site. It’s not a huge sum of money, mind you. But I guess this makes us professional website authors now. So that’s pretty cool. I just wanted to share that fact with you all so you could wave your tiny flags and throw streamers and confetti, or something.

I’ll show it to you when it’s ready. It’s not yet ready.

6 thoughts on “W3 4r3 73h w3bm4$74r!!!1

  1. If you can’t show us anything, how did you show them anything?

    Heh, I can’t show anything beyond Monty Python cheer when you don’t show me anything! 😉

  2. *sigh* Neal, you’re the only one who would take me to task for having happy news.

    I don’t blame you for being curious about that question, though. We loaded the site onto Steph’s laptop and showed it running locally off her hard drive, first of all. Secondly, there are a few cross-browser bugs that I still have to work out. So it works well in a few browsers, and it doesn’t work well in some others. So I don’t want to show it until it works as I want it to in all browsers.

    People who don’t develop websites don’t realize that the exact same code can produce quite different results in different browsers, and that being a webmaster is at least partially about learning how to outsmart the browsers, and trick them into all behaving the same way with the same code.

    If you want to learn more about that, go read Zeldman’s book. 🙂 http://www.zeldman.com/dwws

  3. Ohhhh, I’m not taking you to task, I’m teasing. I’ll stop if that’s the way you’re taking it.

    I thought I had already established how impressed I was over our AIM conversations, but I guess you forgot those. Cheer up! j00 4 l33t w3b d3v3l0p3r f00!

    Considering I don’t have the time of day to figure out web development, I’m impressed by both yours and Steph’s feats in that field.

  4. Nah, I didn’t think you were actually taking me to task, only jabbing me a little, and being interested in seeing the new site.

    Hopefully in the next week or so we can have a front page that works well in everyone’s favorite browser, and we can show it at that time.

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