We have had a productive last 2 days. Each student is slowly building their site for the first project, which we will wrap up next week. My website, although only basic HTML and CSS, is finally starting to look like something. And this is when it kind of starts to get fun - when you actually see the results. We’ve been getting some personalized coaching for our projects, so that has been very helpful. After some tutorials today, I added social media icons and a nested menu to my site. The...Read More
Mid week 4 and we’re continuing our practice of coding a website with HTML and CSS from ground up. There is so much to learn about the languages, and we’re starting to see that research and resources are your best friends. Even the skilled web developers have to keep up with the latest code developments and trends, and it constantly changes.
We’re pulling it all together this week as we switch frequently from photoshop and illustrator to brackets (the code editor), bringing our newly...Read More
Just finished off week 3. We’re back into Illustrator this week, and clipping along at quite a pace. The Adobe programs are quite robust so there is a ton to take in, and since there are numerous ways to execute just about every functionality, I don’t think the learning will stop for a long time! We’ve started thinking about our midterm projects and getting the bones together. The project consists of putting together an 8-page website using basic HTML, CSS, and design concepts, and showing a...Read More
Wrapped up week 2 today with a grand summary of HTML and CSS. We now have worked with enough of a sampling to mock up a website. Amazing how it all starts to make a little more sense as you get increasingly used to the patterns and language of the code. Still needing the guidance of our teachers, but satisfying to actually see some results on the screen that are starting to look good. It’s also helpful to use the skeleton of previously written HTML and CSS documents to create a new...Read More
We’ve covered a lot of material in these first 2 days of week 2. Yesterday we learned about RSS (Rich Site Summary). RSS is a cool tool really. It is a format for delivering regularly changing web content to the user. It’s not only a good way of staying personally organized, but it makes staying current and curating content for marketing a lot less work. There are various RSS feed readers that allow you to filter and receive content directly to curated lists. We looked at Feedly and...Read More
Just finished week 1 of WDDM. Today was an introduction to HTML and CSS. Have to give a shout out to Jordan and Florian, our instructors, for the infinite amount of patience practiced while teaching those of us without any previous exposure to code. Not sure I could do it! I certainly have some reviewing to do this weekend. I think once the structure and rules are understood, it will get easier (one can hope!). Half of the battle for me today was just understanding the "lingo". I...Read More
The world of logos in marketing is quite fascinating. Today was all about logos - and more logos. From the brainstorming and creative process to the nitty gritty of manual design, there was much to take in. We broke Adobe Illustrator today (not literally), and in about a week we’ll put some of our new found skills to the test in designing our first logos. I have to say there is nothing like feeling that you’re learning to ride a bike without the training wheels again! We took a stab at...Read More
Well into our first week in the web development and digital marketing course at Q College. Wow - all I can say is action packed and engaging! Today is day 3 and after a couple of days of learning how to really understand the “whats, hows, and whys” of design principles, and all of the related skills required that are often overlooked, we’re now hands on learning photoshop basics. Some of the topics we’ve been introduced to include: the essentials of design, the adobe suite programs...Read More
The past year was a bit of a wild ride when it came to technology. No one will ever forget the exploding phone debacle, the emergence of the Mirai botnet, or the lack of a headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Then there was Apple vs. the FBI, and the time fake news took over Facebook…
Thankfully, in the midst of this technological madness, there was one thing we could count on: a solid arsenal of tech skills that made employees more marketable, more in demand, and more...Read More
WHY TRUMP IS GOOD FOR CANADA'S TECH SECTOR
Trump’s presidency is a huge boost for Canada’s vibrant tech economy serving as the final push for ambitious liberal Americans to move up North.
And this is actually fantastic news.
By 2019, it’s estimated there will be 182,000 job openings in Canada’s tech sector—and no Canadians to fill them.
As the tech jobs are steadily soaring — there is not enough talent.
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