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How to Start a Career in Web Development

Web development career

For those individuals who want to start a web developer career, it is best to begin learning about the core components of web page development like HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Web developers need to understand that these three components are crucial to learning and eventually mastering the craft. 

Languages You Need to Know

CSS — the newest version being CSS(3) — and HTML (5) are critical languages that web developers need to use to make a web site appealing and functional. There is also Javascript (JS), which brings extra attributes to both HTML and CSS pages. Javascript can animate images and also provide much more dynamic elements to any webpage. The best news is that JS is a free technology that any web developer can use. These are all part of the toolset you need for developing responsive-designed web pages.

Responsive Web Design

A career as a web developer should include responsive web design (RWD) and other techniques. RWD is a term used to define how specific elements of a web page (menu, graphic, buttons and page text) are configured to many different screen sizes with an HTML page and cascading style sheets or CSS. Web developers need to understand all the various attributes that CSS will apply to HTML. HTML (5) is the latest incarnation of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), which was created by British inventor, Sir Tim Berners Lee when he was working at CERN.

Domain and Hosting

And once you have read up on these three components, buy web page hosting. Indeed, companies like BlueHost.com or GoDaddy.com will also sell you a website domain. It’s often advantageous to purchase a .com or .net extension to create a test website. You can also use a staging server where your web pages can sit while you learn to develop them. Any key thing to be aware of concerns having enough website pages that reflect today’s hot technologies. The newest skills regarding web page development are always in high demand.

Education and Design Resources

There are also websites like Udemy.com and YouTube channels that provide many hours of free instruction on how to create web pages. You can also find articles on the commercial side of things, such as 7 steps to create a money-making web page. And while the idea of marketing is not as important for those who are looking to start a career in web development, things like SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and (Responsive Web Design) — aka RWD — can bring a boost for page rankings on Google.

While RWD and also adaptive web page methods are just a few of the many methods to apply, the best news is that there are many tools future developers can use like Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2019. This software helps web developers take a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) “visual” approach.

And there are also certification programs for web developers at many junior colleges that provide in-depth classes covering different aspects of what skills a web developer needs to get started. Many times, college classes and university programs provide free server space for your web pages and helping you snag real-world projects that help kick off that new career track as a web developer.

Digital Marketing Skills

Business managers loves it when their web designers also have digital marketing knowledge and general marketing skills. You see, web design and digital marketing go hand in hand.

Creative writing
Good design leaves room for creative writing

For example, web pages perform better commercially when they are easy to navigate, clutter-free and load fast. These things make for a better user experience. Another important factor is content space. To perform well in internet search, web pages need to a certain amount of text — without becoming a hard read. That’s a web design issue for which you need to know about content marketing and creative writing.

If you study business at any stage, which you can do in the first year or two of an information technology degree, try to fit some digital marketing units in. A web designer with a marketing background is a professional you can bet will always be in high demand.

And Think About Blogging

Blogging is a good activity for web developers for several reasons. The first is that you can pick up or refine web development skills by managing your own blog.

Through blogging, you will also come to appreciate the needs of business managers when they hire developers. Their agenda is to get great content out there that looks good as well. They have different mindsets and timeframes compared to the average developer and may be subject to constant commercial pressures.

Blogging also gives you the opportunity to become an expert in a field. Blogging consistently on a subject is a discipline that naturally inculcates skills and knowledge. An added bonus is the ability to make money from your own website.

How to Train Your Dog Using Psychology

Dog training psychology.

Dogs make the most amazing companions in life. They tend to be much loving and loyal to their masters. They are not like human beings since their brains work a little bit different. The way they interact with and perceive the social environment around them is also quite different. This is where effective communication and interaction is vital. In order to effectively communicate with them, we need to train them.

However, training your dog may be one of the most challenging aspects of receiving a new canine into your home. But wait! Have you ever given a thought of the psychology behind dog training? Trust me it will make the whole process of dog training into a walk in a dog park!

Now hold on your hat as I take you through some of the most amazing ways of training your dog. Teaching your canine friend how to behave is just one of the benefits from knowing how the minds of others work. You never know, if you’re good at it, dog training could be the start of a career in psychology or maybe you could create a new superstar dog.

Negative Reinforcement

You might be thinking this reinforcement to be an undesirable consequence for instance pain. Trust me you are definitely wrong on this! Simply, this entails removal of a nasty stimulus. This psychology principle works by encouraging good behaviors in your puppy.

To start, house-train your new puppy using pee pads. Place the dog in unoccupied but warm and safe room. Do it when at home to avoid any mishaps. The dog may start complaining or barking due to loneliness. Nevertheless, avoid tending the dog the moment they start whining. Begin with slight increases for instance 10-20 minutes of loneliness.

Next, you can take away the unpleasant stimulus and socialize with the puppy. Over time, increase the boosts of interaction. As time goes by, your dog will know the routine of loneliness varies. They will thus adapt the idea of being alone at home without barking.

Classical Conditioning

The science behind this associates a stimulus with a definite response. This means that the response takes place involuntary provided the stimulus exists. The next time you are taking your dog for a nature walk, try this approach. It will cheer up your companion to relieve themselves while on a walk. You need to ring a bell each time they do acceptably relieve themselves outdoors. Within a short time, the bell becomes a conditioned stimulus. This means your dog will relieve itself involuntary upon ringing the bell. Try to condition the bell once you are done with your walk.

Justify Maslow’s Basic Needs

According to this psychological principle, needs are presented in the hierarchical form. Fulfillment of appetite, pleasure, and thirst are some of the basic needs both in animals and human beings. Basic needs can, therefore, be harnessed as rewards for training your dog. Pet your dog the moment they perform simple habits, for instance, sitting down voluntarily.

Next, you can start to pet them only upon command. This method works magic since you strengthen your canine acceptable behavior by fulfilling their basic needs. In addition, you will be conditioning your pet to relish both the reward and approach.

Complement Primary Reinforcement

It may become challenging to carry on with a single enforcement approach. Undesirable effects such as begging are evident when you only use primary reinforcers without supplementation. Your dog may even start to think it’s the boss due to unceasing attention and petting. Instead, you can start to complement the reinforcement with praise. After a number of efforts with the secondary reinforcement, the pet will associate both the praise and food for accomplishing the ideal trick. The technique works on kids as well.

In conclusion, this is just but some of the best ways to train your dog using the psychology learnings. Use them to cultivate good and desirable behaviors in a dog. The good thing is that they all work!

Gift Ideas for College Students

College dorm room.

Choosing gifts for a college-goer can be pretty tricky. Particularly with the wide array of gifts to choose from, things might pretty complex and baffling for most of us. So if you’re busy figuring out the best gift ideas for college students, here’s a list that might help you. Also see this checklist of uni essentials (things to pack).

Personalized pillows and cushions

This is one gift where you can never go wrong. Customize the pillow or the cushion according to the person’s favorite movie or TV show. You can also use it as a reminder for all birthdays and important dates.

A portable pizza pouch

College students swear by pizzas and in this regard, there can be no better gift than a small, personalized and portable pizza pouch. This pouch will ensure that the person is always prepared for any kind of pizza related emergency.

Food containers

Every college kid faces a situation in his life, where his meals are strictly confined to ramen, lentils and mac and cheese. In such situations, gifting a good food container to your college buddy can be a great idea. This container will store his food safely and he will also be able to take it out for meals between classes.

Shot glasses

College keeps all of us worked up. At times, situations get tad more difficult and we are in dire need of a glass of shot. So gifting a couple of shot glasses will make a college goer more than just happy. While making your pick, do not confine your choices to the boring and typical designs. Try something cool and quirky. You can even customize these glasses with a personal message to add a more personalized feel.

A microwave pasta cooker

As I already said, college life is never complete without mac an’ cheese. Most college goers survive on ramen and pasta throughout a large part of their college sessions. So gifting them a microwave pasta cooker will make life simpler and easier for them. Other cooking-related ideas are here.

A goodie bag

You can come up with a goodie bag to light up the face of your favorite college buddy. Fill up a small, multi pocket tote bag with items of daily necessities like toothpaste, toothbrushes, moisturizers, flip flops, razors (for guys), lip balms (for girls) and every other thing that you can think of. Your friend will love you when they get to have a bag that meets their daily needs so perfectly.

Activity gear

The social and physical activities available for college students seems to just keep growing. Some of the things that could be useful, depending on their interests, are snow hats, a beach towel, sports socks, a drinking funnel, and a chessboard. Get them ready for the fun times.

Football

A football can be a real winner. Having a ball can help a student make friends and is an ice-breaker with guys even, and maybe especially, if your college student is a girl. Go for a grid iron ball in the United States and a soccer ball in Europe. If he or she is attending university in Australia, it’s an Aussie Rules ball in the south and a rugby ball in the north.

So what are you waiting for? Try these amazing gift ideas and make your college going buddy happier than ever.