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Effective Web Site Development – Tools and Techniques and Windows 8 – Absolute Beginners Guide…

October 22, 2015

effective website development

Effective Web Site Development – Tools and techniques.

This book I borrowed from the National Library (PNM) recently. It’s quite a good book that tells us about how to do a website project , design it and upload it into the server. Effective Website Development examines the entire Web Development project lifecycle and covers a range of Web development tools and techniques including XML , XHTML and Dreamweaver. The author – Keith Darlington takes a step-by-step approach , leading from one concept to the next , and provides the reader with the expertise to design , build and maintain dynamic websites.

Like many other projects , developing a website requires planning and analysis. The purpose of planning and analysis is to:-

1. Establish the feasibility of the project.

2. Determine the user’s requirements

3. Create a work plan.

The feasibility of the project.

A web project must begin with a list of criteria to determine whether or not the project is worthwhile. Given the diverse nature of websites , these criteria can vary considerably, Almost all organizations nowadays have some Web presence , but this can vary from sites containing a few pages describing what the organization does , to a site that contains several hundreds of pages of details. Clearly , the beneficiaries of the site will have a limited budget to allocate to the development of a site. Development and maintenance costs would clearly be an important factor , but so too would the anticipated requirements of the user.

Determine the user’s requirements.

The starting point of any website project is to establish precisely what the users want , but ideas for websites can originate from a variety of sources – management , customers , employees and all sorts of other people who may have an interest in a website project. Moreover , visitors to a website are not always a simple homogeneous group. The reasons for users visiting a website can differ greatly. They may require specific information from a site , want to purchase some product or just be casually browsing. This means that managers must be clear about who the users are and what they want from the site from the start.

  Prepare a work plan.

Having determined the user’s requirements , the next stage is to write a description of what your site will provide , along with the function of each part. This is a description of the functional requirements and , from it , a work plan setting out how they will be implemented can be formulated.

The work plan i a document that details the project tasks, resources and time allocated to the development of each of the tasks. Normally , a Gantt chart or some other project management chart along with project milestones and development schedules would be produced.

p/s:- A good book to read for a web developer starter or someone who wants to try develop a website for his/her company..Some of the article is an excerpt taken from the book – Effective Website Development – Tools and Techniques publish by Addison Wesley and written by Keith Darlington.

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Windows 8 – Absolute Beginners Guide.

A good book to read for users who want to install and use Windows 8 as their operating system. Borrowed from the National Library ( PNM ) recently.If another version of Windows were installed and running properly on your computer when Windows 8 was installed , whomever installed Windows 8 may have chosen to create a dual-boot setup. this setup enables you to choose the operating system to use when the computer is turned on – yes, this is possible.

With your computer running and Windows 8 Booted up , the next step is to sign in to Windows. Before starting down , there are a few new alternatives to the venerable password in Windows 8 to talk about.

You probably are accustomed to entering a password to access secured content on websites , as well as to sign in to computers, tablets , and some software programs. The passwords you use might be a randomly-generated string of numbers and letters or they might be the names of members of your family or perhaps the name of your favorite sports hero.

Windows 8 provides an alternative to the password for use when signing-in. When you create your new account in Windows 8 , you need to supply a password , but you can also specify use one of two new sign-in options , replacing the use of the password after you initially supply it. these two options are PIN and Picture Password. Besides saving you the repetitive stress of entering your password often , these two new options offer a lot of flexibility to determine how to access your user account. Plus , using them will certainly impress your friends and family.

The Microsoft engineers built Windows 8 to handle many problems , but there is always a chance that something can go wrong. Some software programs might interfere with others; hardware you add to your computer might interfere with Windows 8; and programs you download from the internet can cause issues. As a result , Windows 8 can freeze , become sluggish , or shut down unexpectedly , and sometimes you may need to force your computer to power down. If you have experience running Windows in one of the diagnostic modes , such as Safe Mode or Safe Mode with networking , you can use one of those options. If you are like most users , select Start Windows Normally and press Enter. Ideally everything should run just like normal at this point.

p/s:- Quite interesting book to read about Windows 8 – the new Microsoft Operating System. Some of the article is an excerpt taken from the book – Windows 8 – Absolute Beginner’s Guide publish from Pearson Education Inc and written by Paul Sanna.