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Web Development: No Better Substitute for Learning HTML

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/31/12] When prospective students approach me about enrolling in some of my beginner web design classes, they often ask if they should learn HTML or purchase Adobe Dreamweaver to edit their website. Everyone’s needs are different, but I always give the same answer. HTML, or Hyper-Text Markup Language, is the fundamental language of the Internet, while Adobe Dreamweaver is a tool to help you write that language better. The analogy I typically use is that of a learning any foreign language. Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re...

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Reasons to Never Use Internet Explorer Again

[This article was originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/24/12] For years, I’ve avoided Internet Explorer at all costs. It’s a poorly written Internet browser application with numerous security flaws. The fact that these flaws are well documented has always been a point of confusion because I’d think that a mega-company like Microsoft would surely have the resources and brain power to fix them. But, alas, I’ve been saying that for a long time and Microsoft continues to fail on all accounts with Internet Explorer, or IE. Why is IE so bad? Let’s begin with the obvious. In today’s...

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Search Engine Optimization a Must

[This column originally appeared in The Coloradoan on 6/29/12] If your business has a website, it’s important to get it atop the results for search engines such as Google and Bing. In fact, 94 percent of shoppers research a product online before making a web purchase, including to the Complete Shopper Intelligence Study. Shoppers overwhelmingly turn to search engines for information, with 61 percent of shoppers say they often or always use a search engine while researching a future online purchase. With more business being conducted online, search engine optimization, or SEO, is becoming...

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The Great Debate: HTML5 vs. Flash

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/2/12] For more than 15 years, Adobe’s Flash has been at the forefront of bringing rich, interactive multimedia content to web browsers and standalone applications. About 98 percent of the world’s computers have the Flash plug-in to be able to view Flash content with ease. However, the recent HTML5 specification from the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has begun to change the game for multimedia content developers. With HTML5, the W3C has replaced the need for Flash altogether, creating a controversy over whether Flash will be as...

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Getting Started with Web Development on Your Own

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 2/11/12] If you are thinking of personally building a website for yourself or your business, there are more ways than ever before to get a site started and live on the Internet. The right path to a website depends on many factors, but if you are interested in learning the process of web development from the ground up, then you need to consider starting with learning the language of all web pages on the Internet: HTML. HTML stands for ‘Hyper Text Markup Language’ and, as it suggests, is a language unto itself, just like any other foreign...

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