Tuesday, January 13, 2014
by Denfield

Musing from a busy brain.

A right div! If you've seen the TV show Red Dwarf you'll understand the term and that’s exactly how I sometimes feel when I'm learning what I call the 'dark window’. I'm a designer learning the world of the web developer – the realm of the dark window. I do this when and where I can and this is my third attempt.

It's my third attempt because once I get a basic grasp of something I'm not scared to tinker before I know all the rules. I try to run before I can walk and that's been my falling point with regards to learning to code. As much as it may be a good thing to push forward with programming, there’s not much point going too far as it defeats the basic logic involved. So this time I'm doing it right.

This time I have a great book by Jon Duckett which slots easily into my brain machine. More importantly, this time I have set myself a rule — I must read the entire book before I lift a finger or try, yet again, to create a way-out-of-my-league website and become disorientated and then disengaged from the subject at hand.

The good news is that I'm nearing the end of my trusted book and I must say that I'm excited to put my new thinking into practise. I now understand the 'dark window’ at a basic level and I’m looking forward to pushing forward with it. I now realise it's not such a different way of thinking to design. From a bare-bones perspective, the two are quite similar as both require an understanding of structure and involve the connecting of individual elements. My personal interpretation of the two being different is that with design, colour is bright and vibrant whereas in development, it's a six figure hexadecimal.

I’m determined to do this, and this time I’m going for it so let’s see what happens. But already I’m doing my usual thing and thinking about how Javascript, PHP and all the other code magic makes the web tick.

I have a feeling it won’t be long before I’m reaching to pull the hand-brake on the brain machine once again…