When I began to work for Distance Minnesota all they had was a few static pages and a new layout. The static pagers were made, then remade, then remade in word, Dreamweaver, and FrontPage. So I had to clean all of that up, and it re-affirmed my belief in coding by hand.
I setup the new layout, and began work on data driving the entire thing as much as possible. Most of what I did there was setup data pulls from various MySQL databases. A big part of the website was displaying the various programs and classes available to students online. I set that up so that I could pull all of the information I needed to create the various pages of content for each class, including calculating the tuition costs and breakdown, with two variables that I could pass via the url. This way when a new program came out, or went away, all I had to do was modify the front page that displayed all of the links.
I also did a lot of simple tweaks, front end html/css work, and content posting for the pages that could not be data driven.
Sadly as time moves on the internet changes, and since I left Distance much of what I have done has been changed or is gone and I of course never thought to take screen shots so I can't really show you anything from then. Live and learn.
- Distance Minnesota
- Use CSS to generate page layout and appearance. Div tags utilized rather than tables wherever possible.
- Program pages (including curriculum and costs) are dynamically generated by data pulls from MySQL databases stored on individual college servers. The applications are programmed for immediate updates to the web.
- Created several web forms that either write data into databases, or email data directly where it needs to go.
- Created a file management system that allows you to upload files to the server, and organize how they will be displayed on the web and in what order.
- Worked with a team to implement Online College in the High School web site. Work included designing, layout and programming.
- Minnesota Online
- Maintain and design input for Minnesota Online's website. http://minneotaonline.org
- Maintain and design input for the Minnesota Online consortium of eLect
- Implemented design and layout for RightNow interfaces