i went to art school and work as a freelance designer but as of next week 

i will be going to barber school 3 days a week its something i have wanted to do for a long time 

anyone out there thinking about a change go for it 

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William  iv been debating on a change. i like my job but im tired of the ripraft.but it pays pretty good for a women. But i realy work hard and they make me work harder every week. i do my job and other peoples jobs too because im better at it then they are. im a housekeeping supperviser but i can do maintance i can paint do sheetrock plumbing and soforth so they make me do all that because i can. but no minchen of extra money. Also when a positin of maintance supperviser came open they dident even look at my app probly cause im a women. But what can i do. right now i cant aford to loose my job.

William, definitely a good sentiment -- even if it's not necessarily a job/schooling change, any small change that you can do gives you a breath of fresh air.  

Robbie, if your post is any indication of things; your application was more likely to have been rejected due to egregious spelling and grammar errors rather than the fact that you're a woman.

Robbie,

I would look for a position that is one step up from your current job with another company. If you can find one you can leverage that against your current employer to either give you a substantial raise or a promotion if they wont do that then you can take the higher position with the other company.

I'm a college professor in a constantly changing field (computer science), so every semester or so I get a change in what I do.  I can also switch projects I focus on (still doing the day-to-day).  It's cool to have the change built-in.

I'm in Web Development and that field is constantly changing based on technology and the current fashion of website look & feel.

It is nice because I have a stable job yet constant change and learning.

Tell me a little about web dev.  I just learned PHP and a chunk of Javascript. What's cool?  Pretty much that?

That is a pretty open ended question. Web development spans a lot of languages and disciplines, but in general get ready for a lot of change. I've been in the programming business for around 20 years and it changes constantly. I can pick any 4-5 year span of my career and what i was doing at the start and end of that span was totally different each time.

PHP is a great language (my preference actually) for back end code. Front end is moving heavily towards more JavaScript (jQuery especially) and Ajax. Mobile is also king these days so be ready to look at things like responsive design.

There is a great magazine called PHP architect you might want to check out (https://www.phparch.com). I also recommend the book jQuery novice to Ninja as a good start for the jQuery side. CSS 3 will also be invaluable to learn. Just read, read, read and try lots of things. Experiment, learn, take other people's code apart and dive in.

There is a lot to learn, but to me that is the fun of it. Always something new to learn.

Thanks -- I'll look at the mag.  I'm happy to have my impression confirmed:  that PHP and Javascript are currently the thing.  Was just reading up on CSS3 yesterday.

Web Development expanded.  

I work with a team of front end and back end developers.  We use HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript frameworks to provide browser side functionality with a Linux Apache MySql Php server setup (LAMP Stack) to handle the requests from the browsers for information.   

Front End Development (ART GEEKs) is the look and feel of the site, layouts, color choices, shifty interfaces, etc.  It is more than just make a good looking site.  A well designed site uses human interface characteristics to improve the usability of the site so people can find stuff.   We research how the eye and mouse flow over the page rendered.  We know that different cultures move over the page differently.  We know how to use white space (blank areas) for best effect and how to make things stand out and blend in.

Overall the tools for Front End Development shift a lot.  Some of it is driven by innovation and some is driven by popularity and knowledge of the popular developers.  I have seen people use extensive JavaScript frameworks to do something that was simple in php or css (Cascading Style Sheets) .  At one point I wrote 18 lines of JavaScript rather than 5 lines of JavaScript with a 1.5k file of JavaScript framework.   

Back End Development (CODE GEEKs) deals with the connections to databases, security concerns, asynchronous event handling, speed of delivery of the data, providing the data.  Making the shifty, responsive sites have the information you want to see as or before you request it.  This is where the PHP work lies.  Developing a fast secure system that can provide the interface to your data system is fun.  This is also where the admin systems are built to handle transactions, workflows and such. Think student records, banking, hrm records, etc. Clients will often ask for things that courses do not cover such as messy unclear org charts with lots of exceptions. 

Client handling: That is the trickiest part of the whole game.  They don’t speak art or tech but they want something.  We have processes to guide the client through but it only helps some.  Often they don’t know what they want till they see something they don’t want or is close but the changes they request almost make you want to go back to square one.  It gets worst with decision by committee or when the coder is not in the meeting discussing the project with the client. 

Maintenance: Once a site is up you have to deal with managing content changes.  That can be a lot of work depending on how you set up the site. That said a rising star in content management system is Drupal.  It provides a lot of modules for people to plug into their sites to make them fairly cool. The learning curve is steep however.  We are in the process of shifting our clients to a Drupal system so we better keep our focus on site development not content administration.

Personally I don’t have the artist’s eye so I can only really design a site that is 60-70% of a graphics guy just by following some basic rules of typography and such.  Then again I have not gone to art school, I went to engineering school.  So I get the extensive admin systems that take months of planning and coding to handle data and such.  I enjoy the team I work with and we play to each other’s strengths.  Last week I was asking someone for color choices and he was asking me for help with his nav menu coding in PHP.  As I said before we have constant change but that is better than having done the same stuff over and over for years. 

Actually we do the same stuff year after year, it is just how we deliver it and the tools that change.   

Look up Smashing Magazine and A List Apart for info.  Also Clients from hell.net is good for realizing you don’t want to go freelance.

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