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DanExcel

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  1. I've experimented with Drupal for quite a while and rarely come across negative remarks regarding it. EE (Expression Engine, paid software) is something that I have come across recently and have installed it on my local server. It seems very intuitive and does not present an intimidating learning curve like most people often say about Drupal. Does anyone in particular have experience with any of the two or both? If so, which one stands out and is more flexible.
  2. You are good, that fixed the problem without you having to look at the code...
  3. Within the last couple of years I have come across so many posts (at other locations)that were spewing that DW hate and how it bloats your code. I immediately realized that most of the people commenting have false expectations or just want vent due to the lack of experience. I second the notion that DW is just a tool and learning how to code properly is paramount to your success.
  4. JQuery simply adds the cool effect to dropdown menus. Not too many people turn off JS, but for the ones that do, your menu would simply appear and not slide down. Try this out http://route19designs.com/DP-Menu/. Try it with JS turned on and try it with it turned off. as far as the multi level flyout, http://www.webdesignerwall.com/demo/css3-dropdown-menu/css-gradient-dropdown.html. I know I will get criticized for this, but I do not design for IE6 at all. Don't care really.
  5. So have I, and I'm loving it - until I have to deal with IE. Headaches and Creative pains.
  6. What? Development for XHTML2 was and has been abandon for general web use. Of course XHTML is still active for general web use. Don't know where you got that notion from.
  7. XHTML was abandoned in 2006 by W3C. XHTML2 was never going to be released. Instead they jumped on WHATWG (web hypertext application technology group)band wagon. WHATGW are group of developers from Apple, Mozilla and Opera that wanted to enhance the capabilities of HTML4. Most importantly, XHTML2 was not going to be backwards compatible like HTML5 will soon be once browser manufacturers stop BSing. Funny, I was criticized by a group of zealots simply because I advised a new designer to do his class project in html5 instead of xhtml. I still use both, but it makes very little sense to cling to something that will eventually be scraped.
  8. At this point the differences in the languages are irrelevant. Some designers and developers have gotten very excited over the emergence of HTML5, while others prefer to stick with XHTML based on the familiarities and playing it safe. I was trained on XHTML transitional and that is all I have ever used until I began using HTML5. I use both interchangeably. I can assure you that most of your clients are not concern about this or even care. Is it really going to ruin my day if I have to use <br/> or <br>? I doubt it and I don't really care. I like the freedom of HTML5 and the Outline Algorithm method, but I also like the structured rules of XHTML. other than that I have no complaints.
  9. I atcually have that set of videos. It's based on CI 1.7+ and it's not all that organized. Still it teaches you some very cool stuff.
  10. I am looking for the latest book on CodeIgniter, something dated 2011. I know the User guide that comes with CI is very good and provides a ton of info. However, I need real world examples. Some of the tutes they provide are outdated and do not work with the latest version or sometimes even the one they use in the tutorial.
  11. Creating a Joomla template is way easier than Wordpress. For starters you do not have that many files to work with. The problem I had with Joomla back during 1.5 era was the difficulty I ran into trying to customize the layout. Now I know it can be done, but at that particular time I was not willing to put in the time or effort to figure it out. I already knew Wordpress and was able to do exactly what I intended with it. Joomla gives you a ton of features and that is cool, but also an overkill for a basic website.
  12. I have taken in so much info on this issue over the years that I begun to second guess myself at times. One well known instructor/designer - developer says, mastering one specific platform (CMS) is the way to go. Others claim that programming is the only true key to success and salvation in web development. Last but not least is the SEO guru that says his way is the only way. After hearing all of that mess, I decided to stick with Wordpress, but also take PHP and SEO seriously now. My opinion on which tool is the better of the big three would have to be Drupal. Have I used Drupal yet? Only on my local server. My only issue with it is the learning curve on theming it. That is the only thing holding me back. Call it a designers ego, but I have a problem with using someone else's theme this late in the game.
  13. DanExcel

    looking for an IDE

    Shocking! No condescending, undertone with a dry apology. Just straight talk, am I in the right forum?
  14. IF you don't mind me asking, how far or how deep did your education get in web development / design? I'm curious, spoke to a telemarketer once that was trying to convince me to join a program. What shocked me was the fact that most of the classes were geared towards business and only four classes were based on Web Development. The degree you eventually earned is for web design/development. I wanted to know how and why you were only given four classes and no one was able to answer my question.
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