Are these just industry terms to confuse the novice and the customer? Is the difference really worth knowing and understanding or is it a wastage of time? As we continue on the journey to learn how to do develop web applications, I thought it would be good someone clear the question before us.
What is web design?
What is Web application development?
In my opinion is the art and science of using coding to develop software that is accessible through a web browser. Though they are tools like script-case that help I.T professionals to come up with web applications, web application development requires someone to have some good coding skill to come with a fully functional web application. Examples of web developers are people capable of developing systems like facebook, linkedin and WordPress to mention but a few.
Why even care?
You may wonder, why of all things must I know about the differences between website designing and web application development. Many people’s reasons could differ from mine. I think if you want to become something, there is something that competes with what you have in mind, therefore you must ultimately pay attention because it’s very vital in helping one choose the right path sooner than later in life. Since developing a career involves investment of valuable resources… it’s always good to look at the right direction and avoid destruction.
Let’s meet next week for the next item on the agenda of How to develop web applications utilizing modern ways which is Extending is smart!
Allow me start by apologizing for missing to post in the previous week. Without further a do, let me start from where we stopped in part one of the series about learning the modern way of developing web applications.
But who am I and why do I fit to be your tutor this festive season?
I’m an African Ugandan internet student, businessman and trainer. Besides technology, I purposely encourage and guide people through the process of becoming self-aware for mindfulness and peace.
What do I need to know before following the series?
- You should also be able to find a web host to practice or alternatively install Lamp(linux) or MAMP(iOS) or WAMP or XAMPP(windows).
- Ability to install and setup WordPress.
- Lastly but not least you should be able to read and understand English.
For now get ready for next part of the series which is Web design vs Web applications development.
In that article I will share my opinion backed by 5 year experience about the differences between web design and web application development. I find this necessary because many people confuse the two.
See you next week.
Are you interested but have never gotten the courage to take the chance or have tried but upbeat by the long learning curve?
First of all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so you are not to blame. I personally love to create solutions for myself and the other people around me.
I utilize the skills I have to create the solutions. Take for example, by having a HTML, CSS and PHP skills, I’m able to run a web agency which also gives printing and graphics design services. At this agency, I work as the operations manager and leader of the digital department.
Due to business dynamics, there is need to learn a new skill to strengthen my personal portfolio as well as that of the company.
What comes to my mind is developing mobile apps which can solve real life problems. For this I will concentrate on developing Android apps not Windows and iOS, due to my target consumers. Since am not a fan of Java, I chose to go Hybrid way because at least I wouldn’t have to learn a lot, I will port my HTML, CSS, PHP and SQL knowledge to reach my target. Additionally, I would have a chance of compiling my mobile app code, for other platforms as well we grow without investing money for another developer yet the client’s budget is too low.
Recently I posted about setting up the Android Hybrid App development environment article, to let you know how practically it’s easy to get started.
Right now, am creating my own App, which will be used for personal finance book keeping, with features such as automatic notification a few days towards loan date expiry, loan amortization and so much more as time may allow. I hope to an api and remote storage in the cloud, in future to be able to attract more people to use it.
I think by now, I would have completed developing the app but looking at available resources, couldn’t manage learning one.
Listen I have set 10 days, of researching and studying about JQM. In a few days, I have been able to develop the login and logout screens.
Recently I made up my mind and announced that I will taking you through each fundamental step of web design. So that you can become a person known for web design by creating tools which will help improve life in the world. Missed the news go here.
Let me highlight the requirements you need, the outline and finalize by helping you find out if this course is for you.
What are the requirements?
1.Wireless enabled laptop.
We will do a lot of practice everyday we meet and sometimes we will need to be connected to the internet, to be able to achieve accomplish tasks. The internet will use, will be wi-fi. Recommended but not a must, to have a laptop which has a functional battery for a minimum of 30 mins. And your laptop should be installed with Windows Operating System.
You should be able to attend on Thursday, Friday & Saturday for 4 weeks at 5:00pm to 7:00pm each attendance. Failure to attend will be depriving yourself of the value you would get by attending everyday.
The classes will be strictly conducted in English language, the learner is expected to be able to speak and write English.
4. Note book and pen (writing material)
It’s important to write, though it’s not mandatory, I would advise you carry with yourself a notebook and pen.
The course outline
- Study plan and time table
- Web design process
- Web design with WordPress
- Web design with HTML5
- Adding beauty with CSS3
- Introduction to Web servers with Xamp and Wamp
- Web design with Joomla
Who is this course for?
For anyone whether have prior web design knowledge or not.
If you are able to speak and write, English this course is for you.
Can you use a computer and have passion to develop solutions to life challenging obstacles?
It’s for those who are in Uganda, and will be in Kampala for the period of beginning June to July.
Want to find out more please go here.
I have made up my mind, I won’t be teaching web design to anyone! I will practically take you through step by step.
Personally I have been learning web-design for a couple of years, since 2005. Learning everyday has empowered me with the skill which I will base on to teach you the anatomy of web design. You can see the outline of this course here.
The experience I have acquired in the web design industry over the years, is partly why am a co-founder and lead web designer at Gagawala Graphics Uganda Limited. Thus I earn my income doing web design, as well as work with non-profit communities/organisations doing web design which is helping me build effective networks, travel places, improve my entrepreneur knowledge and develop a lot skills like blogging, consultation, communication and training.
Over the years have built standout sales leading; tourism websites, entertainment websites, accommodation & meals websites, sports news websites, business websites, church websites and personal brand websites from scratch using HTML to CMS using either Joomla or WordPress.
Take a look at some of those websites below.
- Break Fast Jam event
- Africa Wild Explorations
- East Africa Tourism Guide
- My Clean Kings (NBK Clean Kings International)
- Kaweesi Mark
- Righteouness Palace Ministries
- United Women Platform for Empowerment and Development
At the extreme bottom (footer) of each website is a designed by or powered by or developed by tag credit. Which is either attributed to my brands i.e Gagawala Graphics and You Inspire You.
Highlighted with the yellow ribbon on the Meet our team section, screen shot taken from Gagawala Graphics official website.
4 Reasons why you should attend this course.
- Develop a highly rewarding, paying and creative skill that changes the way we connect, collaborate and sale allover the world!
- Become an solutions provider.
- It’s affordable, short and comprehensive.
- Get inspired by someone who learns, develops and sales.
Is this course for you? Please see requirements and outline here.