Let’s do the time warp again!

Ξ January 25th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School, Pedagogy, Design, Development |

I’m taking a beginning web development class for my degree. I already expected to be extremely bored in this class, especially since it focuses on Dreamweaver and not having any knowledge of code. Dreamweaver can be handy, mostly the code view since it’s color coded and lets me see syntax much easier. So this class should be easy, right? Just ignore the stuff about using the design view and build the assignments by hand in the code view (because to me that’s easier). Then I looked through the course schedule and found something interesting. It was almost offensive, yet comical at the same time.

It reads, “Assignment #9 – Abstract = Design: Nesting Tables.”

My first reaction was “LOL”. Really? Did we time warp back to 2004 when people were using tables for layout purposes? I actually asked someone what year it was and checked to see if Bush was in office. Honestly, teaching this seems like a huge disservice to the students considering it’s an extremely outdated technique.

Let me go over the reasons why this is terrible:

  • It’s semantically incorrect markup.
  • It’s terrible for screen readers. We’re supposed to be learning about accessibility, and this contradicts that.
  • Tables are more bytes per markup than other options.
  • We have CSS. Using a table locks you in the table for good. If you use Divs and CSS, then you have much more flexibility with your layout. Should you ever choose to change some part of it, it’s much easier, not to mention that building the page in the first place would be easier without using tables.
  • Last but not least… TABLES ARE FOR TABULAR DATA ONLY!

To be fair, using tons of divs, ids, and classes just for styling is also semantically incorrect markup. But that’s the best we’ve got for design until HTML5. I’d rather use the better of the two options.

Fortunately, the professor teaching the first half of the class doesn’t seem to be teaching this, which is awesome, because I like her a lot. But come on, why is that junk part of the curriculum anyway? I still haven’t decided if I should quietly do the assignment or challenge the teacher on the terrible way she’s teaching us how to make a layout. At least she’s not teaching us to use framesets.

Original post by Sufjan


Numara training in Dallas, pt #4

Ξ June 4th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School |

Yay! last day! Training started as normal wit the exception of me checking out in the morning before i headed over.

We wrapped up and took the assessment test. I passed, yay! I promptly checked to see if i could get an earlier shuttle to the airport, i was able to get one and get to the airport in time to catch the earlier 5:50pm flight.

After the maze around the airport and a shuttle link to a terminal and back i found my gate and was good to go.

I made it home alive, and my wife brought me a pizza when she picked me up. wahoo!

I'm tired…

I helped her burn DVD's for her class video…


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Numara training in Dallas, pt #2

Ξ June 3rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School |

I'm back! I'm in the middle of day 3, so i can now post about day 2.

I woke up to a nice gray cloud. When i walked into the training room it was pouring outside. Good thing i didnt have to leave the building to get to training.

Last night i took an earlier shuttle to the Galeria mall. Still the same mall, this time i tried to find specific store. The Mall directory was horribly out of date. The only two places i wanted to go were not actually there.

I wandered around for a while before deciding to walk to the next complex to the north. I got all excited when i finally found out how to get there. When i rounded the corner to the building i was hoping was a movie theatre, it turn out to be a furniture store. :( On to the next store! Furniture store :( On to the next! Shoe store.. grrr! One more try! Lakeview teaching store. Wonderful. I turned around and walked back to the mall. On the way back i found a World Market behind yet another furniture store. Inside i found some bacon chocolate.

After my long walk i had pizza for dinner. Sbarro FTW! i saved my stromboli for my lunch the next day.

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Numara training in Dallas, pt #3

Ξ June 3rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School |

Hello, day #3 has ended. I didn't feel like wandering the mall by myself again today, so i bummed a ride with some of the other guys from training. We hopped in the rental car and headed out to the restaurant area. We picked some Brazilian-Texas place. They had valet parking and people were walking in with suits. Ya, we found out it was 45$ a person for dinner. So we promptly left and went next door to Pei Wei. The food was good.

This is a picture of the huge bowl of soup a couple guys got when they ordred. It was enough soup for 3+ people and a couple guys got them for themselves. We shared one, and the big guy attempted to eat his.

Here are the crab and cheese wontons i got to share with everyone. They were quite good. The sauce wasn't the best. Still good though.

I got some fire chicken or something, it was rather good. The sauce was different than i expecred, but it was a nice change from pizza the other night.

This is the outside of the hotel as i am coming back from dinner, i was on the 5th floor, so i had a view of the tops of some buildings. Couldn't see much really.

Here is the lobby of the hotel in case anyone cares ;)

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Lame BYUI Faculty…..

Ξ August 22nd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School |

My lame Department Chair, Professor, Instructor, Acquaintance , Person getting paid to do nothing has yet to give me a grade for my senior project.

Granted i am not alone in this matter… another student does not have a grade yet either. He is special though. Because our faculty member messed up the internship, he started it late, so he has to finish before a grade can be given. UNDERSTANDABLE. Whats my deal? I'm not special… well, i am in another way. I'm 1 of 3 students who doesn't have a diploma because of slacking faculty. I am special!

I want to say thanks to all but one member of the CIT department at BYUI. Thanks for being prompt and fair with all my other classes/grades (i could argue about one instance… but i'll let it go). You were all good to me.

**update - My incident was upgraded to President Clark. Yes, that's right, to the top! He is known to get things done. I am happy to hear that someone is doing something.

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Stupid Java and MySQL java.io.CharConversionException… bleh!

Ξ March 5th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ School |

So i have to do java. (I'm using Ubuntu 7.10)

While attempting to connect to the mysql database i get the java.io.CharConversionException error.

After a few hours of searching i have come up with some solutions.

Add these entries to your /etc/mysql/my.cnf



If that doesn't work, add useOldUTF8Behavior=true to the connection string. ie:

con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:mysql://localhost/test?useOldUTF8Behavior=true","user", "hey2dude");

Worked wonderfully for me.
Will i ever use this post again? I'm going to say no… :(

Original post by Extreme


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