Site Design

"Design is where science and art break even."
- Robin Mathew

This site is built from HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. No server side processing is needed, other than to support HTTP GET requests. This means that it can be deployed to directories in a client machine that has no web server and still run effectively. I use the site, deployed to a laptop, for all class room discussions. The design incorporates a dropdown menuing system, implemented in JavaScript. That means that I can add or remove menu items for multiple pages by making the change in one place - the JavaScript code. It is easy to navigate because all of the site's functionality is exposed through the top level menus. A user can simply hover over each of the links at the top to see all the content associated with that link. You can try that on this page. Technical content that is common to more than one course is included in the Core Tech links and in the Blog. I use the blog to present technical ideas that augment course discussions, perhaps with additional detail. Blog entries also provide information about some reusable components I've developed, e.g.: Each course has its own content specific menus - similar from course to course, but not identical. There you will find notes that serve as brief summaries of things we discuss in class, useful in preparing for exams and for job interviews. I've developed some web components to factor site operations into parts that can be reused in multiple pages, without writing a lot of code: There is a new standard for Web Components that I will explore later. I expect that most of the components I've cited above will be converted to the new standard.

campus at night