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 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 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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