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New Coat of Paint

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I have to say that as much coding as I do for games, both my own and at work for my clients, I’m not much of a web developer. However I was thrust into that position because of something that spurred me to action. For a few years, I’ve been using a product called Muse by Adobe. The same guys that puts out Photoshop and Illustrator and a host of other graphics packages that I use. Muse was a fantastic product. It allowed you to build responsive websites without having to know HTML, CSS, or Javascript. I was able to build and maintain all of my sites quickly and easily. Tragedy struck when Adobe sent me and every other Muse user that they would no longer be supporting muse and that they were shutting down development. Needless to say, I was not pleased. Here I thought that I could go through life without writing one line of CSS and now my hopes were dashed upon the rocks like so many of my other dreams. I might be oversharing, a bit with that one, but with this disappointment I had to find another way. I looked into online services like WIX and other application based solutions like Dreamweaver, also made by Adobe, but I realized that I would be in the same position it the companies that made these products decided not to support them anymore or if the companies went out of business. No. The only way to keep myself from being the victim of the whims of these developers is to roll my own.

I had to get over my apprehension for web work and learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The Javascript part wasn’t so much of an issue since I had used that as my development language for my first game, so I was pretty comfortable with it. I looked high and low for resources and learning materials and was happy to find that there was plenty. To my surprise, I found it fun and easy. I mean, sure, I don’t know everything and I’m not as experienced and well versed as someone doing this for decades but for someone just starting out, I have to say that I didn’t do such a bad job. The great thing about websites is that they are never finished. They are in a state of constant development, so I can add and improve and change things to my hearts’ content. I never thought that I would have enjoyed making my own sites from scratch, now it’s hard to imagine doing it any other way. Who knew?

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