Ah, I bet that confused you…

What is a “full-stack web-developer”?

I can do back-end systems and database work, managing Microsoft servers and their web server software, Internet Information Server (IIS – not to be confused with ISIS or the International Space Station, that’s the ISS) SQL Server databases, e-commerce platforms, credit-card payment gateway integration and server side programming, and I can do pretty front-end development that works on computers, tablets and smartphones…

What tools do I use?

Most of my day-to-day work is done using Visual Studio, I use 2015 – Community edition at the moment, to be honest for simple HTML editing it’s probably a bit of a sledgehammer but as the jobs I do come in a lot of different flavours I stick to VS 2015, I will probably upgrade to the next stable edition when Microsoft make it available, another advantage of Vs 2015 is that it is free to download from https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/community/

An advantage of VS is the tight integration with SQL Server which, for me, is the standard for building database driven web applications.

You don’t get far in web-design and development without being able to handle images! It doesn’t matter if you’re a Rembrandt of computer graphics or just want to make a .ico file, sooner or later you’ll need a graphics package, I’m a long-time user of Adobe Photoshop and recently upgraded my old CS version to the CC version currently available via http://www.adobe.com I also chose a copy of Illustrator and to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud while I was at it.

I also have a bundle of little applications and utilities, WS FTP, Coffee Cup Image Mapper, a neat little firewall tunnelling¬†utility¬†that lets me expose my local webserver to the Internet for testing purposes and a simple HTML editor called Homesite that isn’t available anymore, I just keep a copy installed as I’m a sucker for old-school style HTML editing.

So those are my main programming/development and graphics packages… I’ll talk about them more, and some of the jobs I do with them, in the future.

“I’ll be back” – T-101.

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So what is this blog for?

I’ve spent the past few months bringing my development skills up to date, embracing new tools, techniques and standards, getting to grips with an acronym salad that includes HTML5, CSS, ASP.NET, SQL, LINQ, MVC and C#! Understanding web-design frameworks and add-ons like Bootstrap and Font-Awesome, and ultimately incorporating all this new stuff into my daily work as a full-stack web-developer…

Its proving to be quite an adventure so I thought I’d start this simple blog as a way of giving me a kind of online journal, a place where I can write about things like coding tricks I’ve discovered, module integration, applying old-school tricks to development challenges, or sometimes just having a good old rant about some errant bit of software that isn’t playing ball!

“I’ll be back” – T-101.