Yeah...I know what you mean.humblebee wrote:The thing is, though, you learn something these days and it's obsolete five minutes later.
This may come as a surprise to those of you who know me from the Bowlie days, but, I actually studied computers up to HND level. In those days, it was dBASE III (which I was a wizard at), Cobol & Pascal (which I was competant at), and C (which I really struggled with).
After leaving college, and looking for work, all the jobs wanted my qalification, along with at least 2 years work experience, which I didn't have. Catch 22.
Much of what I learned then is obsolete now.
I'm earning a fraction of what I could with my qualifications, but, I wouldn't go back to it now...the pace of change being the main reason.
I'm doing this for fun...if I get fed up trying to sort out bugs, I can just leave it, and come back when I feel like it. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter.
I'll be honest, it's much more gruelling than I thought it would be when I started.
When I started, it was suggested to me that I use a HTML generator. I have about 4 different ones now. My experience of such programs was that either the pages were so structured that I couldn't get what I wanted (and everything in tables - yuck), or were so user unfriendly that I may as well learn the language myself. So, that is what I did. Initially by messing around with HTML generators, then exploring the source code to see which code did what. I've also nicked (then played around with) bits of code from webpages, and Googled coding tips for what I wanted to do.
It's all a bit 'patched together', but, that generally tends to be my style.
I've got to be honest, I'm fast losing patience with the IE6 rendering issue. My last remaining issue. Fuck it. If it works in IE7, I'm going to add coding for IE6 saying that the page may not display quite right in this browser, and link to Mozilla, telling people to download Firefox. Let's be honest, IE6 is virtually obselete anyway, and Firefox works perfectly for others like me who have an old PC.
One more question if I may...I plan to put a guestbook on there. I've got basic coding (not yet uploaded), but, I've read somewhere that worms/viruses can get in through a guestbook. Is this true? I don't mind spam, I can delete that manually, but, I don't want my website compromised.