Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Class Project - IT104

This is a project description given to us in IT104. Preserved verbatim (even code). Not sure how my custom CSS will distort some of this stuff, but here it is, for my reference.

Project: Game Review Web Site Purpose:

To practice using HTML and CSS to create a Web site

1. You will work with a partner or a team of three to create a Web site for the fictitious company Game Gurus. The Web site will have a home page that the team will design and create collaboratively and pages created by each team member—or “guru.” The home page will include:

  • A description of the site • A quote from each guru

  • Links to manufacturers’ Web sites

  • Links to the TopTen.html and GameOfTheWeek.html pages for each guru

2. Each guru will create the following pages:

  • TopTen.html o Listing the guru’s favorite 10 games o Providing a link to the home page and the Game of the Week page

  • GameOfTheWeek.html o Providing a game review for one game o Including lists of the guru’s favorite games in three different categories o Including hyperlinks to TopTen.html and the home page

  • GameReview.html o Allowing a user to submit a game review

3. Each guru will also create a style sheet to style the guru-specific pages.

The team will select one of these style sheets to style the home page. The team will also create a second style sheet to apply a specific style to the home page.

4. Each guru will create three Word documents discussing the development and deployment considerations for the Web site:

  1. A document identifying a domain name for the site and describing the registration cost and process

  2. A document justifying whether to convert to XHTML

  3. A document discussing how you can use CSS to provide better support for print and mobile devices Deliverables, Requirements, and Timeline

Part 1: Work as a team to create a Web site with a home page and a TopTen.html page for each team member.


1. Create a folder hierarchy for your Web site. The hierarchy should store the home page in the root directory and each team member’s pages in a separate directory.

2. Create the home page. You will add content to it as you proceed through the course. For now, add the sections described in the table. One team member should be responsible for writing the content, testing the page, and correcting errors. The other team member should be responsible for applying the markup.

About the SiteA one-paragraph description of the site
The Gurus SayA quotation relevant to video games attributed to each team member
Guru RankingsHyperlinks to each TopTen.html document

3. Each team member should create his or her own TopTen.html page. The page should list the team member’s top 10 favorite games and provide a link to the home page.

Part 2: Add links to anchor and research domain names.


  1. Add each team member’s name before the member’s quotation, if necessary. Include a destination anchor for each team member in the “The Gurus Say” section.

  2. Create a link from the home page to each member’s quotation in the “The Gurus Say” section.

  3. Research game manufacturers and create on the home page links to at least two manufacturers’ Web sites.

  4. Decide on a domain name. Research a domain registration site to determine if the domain name is available. Keep trying until you find an available name. Do not actually register the domain name. Write a short paragraph recommending the domain name you found. The paragraph should include instructions for registering the domain name, including the cost.

Monday, March 21, 2011

New School Quarter

So classes are starting and I am quite excited for this.

  • Introduction to Computer Programming - Monday 6pm

  • Introduction to Web Applications - Tuesday 6pm

  • College Mathematics II - Friday 6pm


I've been progressing nicely with the updates to my portfolio. Nearly done with modeling a new scene and updating another. All that on top of some freelance modeling that I've been doing. It has been rather fun being so occupied. I even modeled a pineapple for this, I'll post it later because I think it's really cool.

IT 104 - Intro to Computer Programming

So class today was a little bit redundant and a little bit new. We learned about binary and how to use binary. I occasionally count in binary and hex for fun so this was nothing new to me.

We also did some exercises in logical thinking and logical planning. I broke down part of my day using if-then statements. I am already pretty familiar with this having used MEL in which I used a lot of if-then statements. There was another exercise where we would plan out an activity with all of the things that we had to do, and know in order to complete that task, and the steps to completion of that task. Fun stuff.

I also learned that we will be learning Python. Now I know what to focus on tutorial-wise for the next coming weeks. And that's all for now


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Some Feedback

So the other day I got some feedback on my demo reel from people who I was hoping to get a job from. It's kind of frustrating, the first really good peice of feedback I get on my reel from some local professionals comes one and a half years after graduation.

All I can do now though is work on a few new pieces, and update some old ones. I've got a pretty good start on this now. Instead of job searching, this will be my focus for the next few weeks. Once at least two new strong pieces are in my reel we shall resume full speed ahead.


Monday, March 7, 2011

First Quarter is Over

Well not officially (that's tomorrow) but I have no more coursework to complete so that's great.

I had an interview with Freevi Corporation today and one of their business partners who want to use unity to make a web based 3d world. So hopefully I'll be hearing back from them sometime soon. Sounded like a really great thing to get into. Especially with my eventually-to-be programmer status.

I've also started watching tutorials. I found a Youtube channel with over 70 7-9 minute long videos on Javascript alone. Hundreds more videos on other languages too. This is just to get me started in understanding how actual programmers do things.

I now want to write a program that will show me one tutorial a day on a given subject. I'm sure there's one like it out there already if I just look, but that would be a fun project.