176. Youth

Paul Boag

On this week’s show: Ryan and Stanton are joined by Sarah Parmenter to answer Justin’s question about what he needs to learn to become a web designer.

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BBC releases Glow – A new Javascript library

At the end of last month, the BBC launched an open source version of their Glow, their own javascript library and a recent Sitepoint article gives a good rundown of what this new contender offers against other popular frameworks such as jQuery and YUI. The big question most people immediately asked is “Why did they bother?” with the increasing maturity and adoption of libraries like jQuery and YUI why did the BBC choose to ‘roll their own’?
The BBC is one of the largest, most popular sites on the whole interwebs with 13.2 million people visiting the site’s more than two million pages each day11. The BBC website takes their cross-browser support and accessibility factors extremely seriously and one of the main reasons that they decided to write and maintain their own library. One of the things I like is that rather than asking the question “Why open source Glow?” they asked “Why not open source Glow”, to which they had no reason why not, and as a British citizen, my TV licence fee has paid for Glow so I’m glad the BBC are opening it up to the community. And I really don’t think there’s any harm in having another library on the scene, especially when it’s as well thought out and documented as Glow.

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC#cite_note-91

The non-virtual world of freelancing

At the risk of this news section becoming a bit of a Sitepoint fest, I’m afraid I’m going to have to mention 2 more articles by Alyssa Gregory on Sitepoint which aim to encourage you into getting out into the real world and meeting people. The first article discusses in-person meetings and encourages you to meet prospective clients in person rather than conducting all of your communication by phone and email. Alyssa reinforces the need to prepare properly for any face-to-face meetings, making sure that your contact leaves the meeting with the best possible impression and give you a good chance of landing the gig, or whatever you’re meeting is for.
The follow-up article is about face-to-face networking and tries to get you away from your desk to meet people in the real world and make contacts in person, rather than just on Twitter or LinkedIn. Now I’m a big fan of socialising with fellow geeks in the real world and make time to attend my local events such as GeekUp, OpenCoffee and BarCamp and also try and attend as many conferences as I can over the year like Future of Web Design, Future of Web Apps, @Media and dConstruct. The big draw for me – especially at conferences – isn’t always the speakers up on stage, but the opportunity to ‘work the lobby’ and chat to anyone and everyone who I possibly can. I know Ryan [Taylor] is as much of a social whore as I am, and indeed we first met Sarah [Parmenter] while hanging out at FOWA:London while talks went on elsewhere. So if you don’t already, I’d recommend getting out there and meeting people with similar interests, there should be a local event near you!

Hey IT! Get rid of IE6

So I know we’ve covered various efforts to encourage stalwart IT departments to upgrade their systems from IE6, but I just had to mention this one as it’s quite amusing. hey-it.com is encouraging people to adopt guerrilla tactics and plaster their offices with an amusing array of posters which provide messages to their IT technicians.
Some of the messages include “Hey IT! The internet thinks we are idiots”, “Hey IT! We wanna party like it’s 2009”, “Hey IT! Which browser are you using”, and my personal favourite “Hey IT! Even Bill Gates has upgraded!”
So I like this effort and I hope it empowers those people working with a locked down system to point out their dissatisfaction at using IE6

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Feature: Young Designer

Hi boagworld, my name is Justin Vajko and I’m current studying graphic design with an emphasis in web design. I have a year left so I’d like to focus more on my programming skills like javascript and CSS which at this point I think are pretty weak, but before I do that I’d like to know if this is truly that important compared to other things I could be focussing on like maybe Flash or perhaps maybe perfecting my Photoshop skills, I guess I’m just wondering what in your opinion are the most important qualities and abilities a young web designer should have?

Transcript coming soon…

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