My Job Shadow Experience

Today, I spent the morning job shadowing with Francis Tuttle Technology Center web designer Lex Meyer. This was fulfilling since there were opportunities to ask questions, see resource websites and obtain advice – invaluable information to a student embarking on a career as a web professional.

During this time, a desktop support person arrived to fix an outstanding problem … the VM, or virtual machine, on the web designer’s Macintosh. The VM allows the designer to open a Windows XP environment for testing the website on the Internet Explorer browser.

I had the opportunity to add to further my knowledge of CMSs (content management systems).  Many of the functionalities that web professionals need for building websites include: forums, blogs, photo galleries and ecommerce to name a few.  And with the vast array of CMSs, they are categorized by the features for which each are best suited.  The website http://www.simplescripts.com lists CMSs by category for the functionality each is known. For instance, sites that are good for blogging are WordPress and Tumblr, for forums – PHPBB, ecommerce – Opencart and for a good all-in-one content management system, there is Joomla. The CMS, Cushy, can be integrated into a website built from scratch by inserting a simple embed section of code allowing another party to update the content.

Other tips I learned included use of the http://www.mobiready.com site allowing designers to check whether their code is mobile friendly for non-smart mobile devices.  And the fact that the FTP application Filezilla will allow one to edit files stored on the server.  The organization currently uses a CMS compatible with the software that manages student records.  However, the organization plans to change to a new CMS.  The web designer updates the site every 1-2 years.

I learned some new features with Adobe Photoshop: Merging and Linking layers. These are used to group several layers moved together to, perhaps, paste into another file to save as a JPG.  But one difference includes that one cannot edit text with merged layers like one can with linked layers.

Windows and Macintosh computers each have a built-in screen capture feature.  For Windows Vista, press Function+PrtScrn to place screen capture on the clipboard to paste into a program for editing.  For Macintosh, press Command-Shift+3 (full screen capture) or 4 (active screen capture).

My job shadowing experience with Lex Meyer was very educational.  I learned new concepts in addition to new ways to implement other technologies into my work.

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