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Dreamweaver tips & tricks

Feb
20

        Web development has been an exciting experience that has lead to wanting to learn more about how to use a database driven approach to building websites. Websites can be built in several different ways, either with the use of a WYSIWYG editor or by hand coding the applications and modifying the code to make changes to the website. These topics include easier ways to build websites and can save considerable amounts of time in the long run. 

       The database approach to web design allows designers to build the website and allows the customer to view the results, while building the website as the on going process is completed. The student can save all the files to the website on the computer, while the customer can view certain files to adjust the website to their preference. If files need to be deleted, they may be deleted from the documents folder in the C: drive or root folder. This feature is very handy because a student can drop images into a specific folder and then go into the Dreamweaver program and add the image from the root folder without specifically adding individual images. Several images can be stored into one file and later used into the program. 

       Images should be resized first using Adobe Photoshop before actually adding them into the website. The reason for this is because the image may have a distorted image and lose the quality of the image if it is added to the image first and then added to the web page. Use shift + Enter to write text underneath the picture. If you dont use this short cut then the text will appear double spaced in the WYSIWYG editor. Photoshop is another handy program designed to edit images and size images to be presentable for the web page. Certain aspects of the image may be wanted to make the image stand out more. The background could be distorted to bring out the actual image being displayed to put more detail into the image rather than a certain part of the image. 

        The WYSIWYG editor is an absolute favorite application inside Dreamweaver that works just like a word document. In the editor, a web developer types the document as it is written and makes adjustments to the document the same as word is used. Even images can be posted into the web page using the editor. The pages are linked into the document so when the page is debugged, the customer can click on a hyperlink to go directly to a specific page to get more information. 

        Hand coding is another key aspect to web development for the sake of making changes to the website that Dreamweaver can not make in the WYSIWYG editor. For instance, all colors could be easily changed using the standard format 00336699ccdd. Only one number may be needed to change to a specific color the customer wants that is not included in Dreamweaver. 

        The use of all these amazing tools makes it so much easier to understand web development and apply what we have learned by actually doing instead of seeing how to make adjustments to the website. Without the use of the WYSIWYG editor, coding the actual website would take fare more time to build without the editor. Having knowledge for editing the pictures gives us students the professional look of editing pictures and will make the overall website look presentable.

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Jan
24

            There are many pros and cons pertaining to the internet.  The ease of accessing information, instant messaging, and banking are the basic necessities of business today. The cons of the internet are that there are sex offenders; illegal downloads of music, pornography of children, viruses, scams.

One of the advantages of the internet is that it gives us students a change to learn more from a subject and expand our horizons. If they took that aspect away from us and blocked cites then the internet wouldn’t be as real as it is. We rely so much on the internet too, such as checking out bank accounts and paying bills online. Since the internet went commercial, with the help of Al Gore, the internet has now made businesses more secure and able to do business from remote locations. Inventories by the use of the internet can now make goods available and reorder as soon as they are bought in the store. We use the internet for chat purposes and people have met and dated from the internet. We all use the internet to get news and to problem solve in business, which speeds up production and how could we live with out the internet.

There are sex offenders that target young children and try to meet teens under the age of eighteen. There is a TV show out that shows the offenders trying to enter the houses of a teen under age and messages are retrieved from the internet site for documentation of evidence. The reporter tells the criminal that is on TV and is under arrest. These types of offenses should be monitored more closely to prevent these types of things happening and parents should have more control over what their child watch and learn on the internet and not allow teenagers to chat for hours online without the parent knowing about the internet usage. There could be better programs built to respond to the parent and tell exactly what surfing was done and the websites they have looked at to discipline the child.

The music companies spend millions of dollars to make music for us to buy in the store and internet users use limewire to illegally download illegal copies of artist music that cost millions of dollars to make. Lawsuits have been filed and people have had to pay thousands of dollars to pay back the artists for their illegal acts.

There are over seas people that have committed crimes and made viruses to purposely hurt the business world. Banks have been robbed and people’s bank accounts have been taped into for hackers have transferred the accounts using the internet. Now, there is VPN’s set up that encrypt the information being sent across the wire. VPN’s are called Virtual Private Networks and the encryption starts at the receiving end and encrypts the information before being sent. When the information is received at the other end the encryption is done again so the receiver knows the information is who it actually is. Information is more secure today than it was several years ago and several measures have been put in place to secure a network for internet use. Dumb terminals are set up to test the outside contact and who is trying to access the internet and the type of actual activity that is taking place.

These Pros and Cons of the internet are all the aspects that the internet acquired when the internet went public. A lot has been done to secure networks and stop the Cons that jeopardize the internet being regulated. Having the government regulate the internet would change the way us users access the internet and access information to learn from.