Software Used to Create Website or Applications

Back in the day when I didn’t know how to code, I was using WYSIWYG’s like FrontPage (when it existed back then), and Dreamweaver, which automatically generates the code for us. When I started to learn how to code, I mainly used Notepad for the longest time. (That’s so hardcore, right?!) Plain text editors like that don’t have any color coding or auto complete features, but some people just like its simplicity and its fast load time. Continue reading

To WYSIWYG or Not To WYSIWYG? That is the question.

When I first started learning how to build websites a decade ago, my project actually wasn’t a website to begin with; it was a printed newspaper. Back then “Microsoft Publisher” existed, which was a tool to put printable publishing content together (newspapers, cards, calendars), and a feature that could automatically convert the pages to web pages and uploaded through FTP. I did that for awhile until I took my introductory course to computers and learned how to use Front Page Express and Microsoft Front Page, (which also later on discontinued), then DreamWeaver, which were “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) tools, designed for building websites. Continue reading

My First Apple Computer

It soaked a little but luckily it did not go pass the packaging inside.

I have to tell you, Macs are not cheap. Everywhere I look it’s pretty much the same price and almost no sales ANYWHERE. I guess MacBook made its way as a brand name in the computer world as Coach/Gucci bags in the fashion world. A MacBook Pro is over $1k, and I was tempted to get a Mac Mini for $599, but then I’d have to buy a keyboard, monitor, but I could imagine the inconvenience of having to carry all the equipment. To my discovery, mini monitors are almost the same price as regular sized monitors so I was tempted to get free monitors at FreeCycle.org. But in the end,? I decided to get a laptop for convenience and the tech specs, (e.g. more RAM, faster processor). I did find an offer for $100 mail-in rebate!? Your other option in saving some money is buying refurbished/used apps. Not sure how trusty that would be but Apple claims they restore to near original state and thoroughly test.

This Mac is an investment made in hopes that I learn how to make iPhone apps and a big plus if it pays back. Either way it’ll be a fun and interesting learning experience. I think I will start off making simple free apps in honor of my Bizarre site. Probably something similar to a Magic 8 ball or something of a bizarre nature. I plan on applying for the iPhone Developer Program which costs $99. Now all I need to do is learn Objective C. and brain storm some ideas. I will be testing apps on the iPhone simulator provided by Apple and on my iPod Touch. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing some of my apps in the app store!

I have used Macs before and assisted students/faculty on how to use a Mac in the past, but for me to use it as my main home/business computer will take time to get used to. I am not ready to transition 100% as I still have my lovely 17″ Toshiba computer that I received as a gift about 3 years ago. I certainly have plenty of Windows files and the Windows machine is still useful for things like .NET programming. So I may end up using both Mac and Windows depending on my needs. This new Mac would certainly make a good Media tool for audio and video editing. :)