Last week we had to submit our assignments for the Digital Design course, the requirements were to convert two pages from a Photoshop mockups to HTML files. Because of this course is my favorite one in this semester, I liked to challenge myself by converting three pages not only two in a record time. The time I spent in designing those three pages using Photoshop and the nice result that I got pushed me to use them all in creating the HTML files and to have more samples in my portfolio. Actually, the task was not as easy as I thought; I tried to use many Photoshop enhanced features to add a professional look to my design, and that made me spending more time than I expected in order to keep the same look and feel in the HTML pages as in Photoshop mock-up. Being detailed oriented in using the same pixel distance and the gradients exactly, is important for the front-end developing and that took me a while, but I was able to finish my project the end.
For the Database course, starting MySQL DBMS (Database Management System) was a kind of relief to me after spending the previous two weeks using more advanced topic in PL/SQL (Procedural Language/SQL), for more details visit: Oracle (PL/SQL). It was not easy to me understanding the full topics of using procedures and function with the PL/SQL depending on the lab exercise or the PowerPoint slides only; I had to go through the chapters that talk about these advanced programming subjects in our textbook. Certainly, the more exercise I do with procedures and functions the better knowledge I will have. Although, we are going to use MS-SQL server with ASP.NET and MySQL with PHP for the back-end development, learning Oracle Database plus PL/SQL database programming languages was helpful to me to understand the real structure of the database tables using one of the major DBMS, Oracle, in the world.