HTML, CSS, JavaScript- what is it all about?

I probably should have posted before my post on my robot but hey better late than never. If you are computer illiterate like I used to be or a new developer you have inevitably heard the terms HTML, CSS, JavaScript. You are probably also thinking to yourself “What does stuff all mean?” Well allow me break it down for you.

Whenever you design something be it a piece of art, a book, or even a building design you always begin by laying your project out and deciding what elements you are going to include. The same thing goes for web development. In web development this is your HTML which stands for “Hypertext Markup Language.” This is where you implement what you want to include on your site, in your game, or your app. You may want to have a table that displays your prices for services you offer, inventory you have in stock, or you might want to have an image gallery to display your work.

After you have your project laid out the way you want it you have to give it some style. You want to set your project apart from every other project out there. Well this is CSS or Cascading Style Sheet. Here is where you are going to put your personal spin or set the branding for your business. You may have certain colors you want to use or have a font that you found that you want to use. What can you do with CSS; the possibilities are endless. We will leave that for another day though.

Your final step is to make your project function. You may want to have a shopping cart display items a customer wants to buy; so it will need to be able to add and subtract items. You might also want a character in a game to move through out a level in all different directions. This is done using a scripting language called JavaScript.

There is a lot that goes into the development of a website or app behind the scenes. That is not my forte, that role in our little team belongs to my wonderful husband. If you can understand the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript you can create a beautiful, functional website.

That is all for now. Until next time.

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