Coding is coding, but it's not coding.
February 10, 2010 9:35 AM Subscribe
How can I change my type of thought?
I am a computer programmer... career and hobby.
Just because I can look at a problem and conjure a procedural solution, it doesn't mean I can create a great website. I wanna be a web guy. Hope me.
posted by Drasher to computers & internet (36 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have a knack for computers, especially programming. I have been programming and working with PCs for more than 30 years.
I want to create web pages and sites. I have done a couple of sites for friends and businesses of friends but I don't have the zing that really makes it go.
I can write software from the detailed planning stages or just blindly, from the seat of the pants into complex machines that run complex processes.
I look at a website template that I want to modify for a friend's business and it becomes an insane chore. The mental pain and difficulty of pulling the creativity out of my mind is excruciating. I pretty much know what I want and how it should look, but it just won't come off the tips of my fingers.
I stumble over which editor to use... I want the editor to "do it for me". I photo-manipulate the graphic for a logo and end up not saving the intermediate step that I really need later on. I don't know what I'm doing!
I have read books and web tutorials on web design and pages, but the spark is not there.
When I program, it comes naturally to me... I see the code in my mind... the HTML on the other hand, is just a blur.
I am asking specifically because a friend just started a business and wants a small web site. Just something simple. A couple pages of text describing the service he offers, contact information, a form to fill out for more info, and maybe a page of "helpful links". He came to the house last night and it was like pulling teeth to get me to select a template and get started. He thought he would get a site easier than that (i did too). I struggled with placing and trying to move an image from the left to the right side of the page header for far too long and got very frustrated. He only wants maybe five or six pages of static stuff... no flash, shockwave, no database stuff... easy, right?
Of course, then I get to over thinking it. Do I need to use PHP to build up the common areas? (page headers, sidebars, footers) Do I put everything in PHP so the site is all one file and the text that is displayed selected by the menu number... it becomes programming??!?
No, I am not leaving programming forever, I just want to be better at developing web sites. I want it to be easier for me so I can look forward to it instead of dread it.