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I started out on the web back in 2000, using Geocities' Pagebuilder to make such awesome (read: terrible) things as this... thing. Speaking of Geocities... Anyone remember that lovely little popup window that used to come up while the Pagebuilder was loading? I used to have time to have lunch before it finally loaded. Oh, the joys of dial-up... Anyway, I then moved onto Microsoft Publisher (oh dear) and FrontPage (...yep) before I realised that I actually knew how to write HTML without the need for a WYSIWYG editor.

By 2003, I found I could make layouts, too. By "layouts" I mean the type of thing that was popular then - mostly stock images plastered with 87554376967 Photoshop brushes. I was particularly proud of this one (oh dear God...) and this one (a few years later, admittedly... I had discovered the joy of CSS by then!). I had even got them to work in both IE and Firefox! Go me!

The point of this is that now, in 2012, knowing CSS 2 and HTML 4/XHTML 1 is really not that great. We're looking at HTML 5, CSS 3, jQuery, responsive design and lots of things that weren't around when I first started all this, and having had a break of sorts from all this webby business for the past few years, I find myself very much behind the times. I feel a bit weird about having to essentially relearn what I knew, but at the same time I find myself frustrated that I'm not quite up to date with everything. The same goes for PHP and Ruby - I learned PHP back when PHP 4 was just out, and Ruby/Rails when it was still on version 1.8.5/Rails 1.2. I've been dipping in and out and getting up to scratch where I can, but I still think I've got a long way to go. Now to find the time to do all this learning...

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  1. Oh my god! Geocities! I remember starting out with that and Tripod! Don't get me started with the layouts that featured a shit ton of brushes! Sweet nostalgia haha.

    I remember after growing out of my teen wannabe graphic designer phase, actually learning legit programming! I guess without at phase I would've never struck an interest. I definitely love the constant learning you have to do in development. It's frustrating at times, but it's worth it!

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