Let’s talk about Responsive Web Design for a minute.

Recently I attended a meeting with some IT and HR employees from different companies. The goal was to get a better understanding of what they are looking for in new employees, and recent graduates from the college.  A couple of things about the meeting that were of interest to me, which will help me to adjust my syllabus and teaching in some of my classes.  Currently, I’m teaching HTML, HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript in Advance Web Design. I also teach Linux Admin and Python at local college and for small training center.

One of the comments, was the need to have their current employees who are currently doing web development, to get training on creating web pages for mobile devices. There’s problem with this statement, if you are trained and working with HTML, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript then you should be able to make the transition to Responsive Web Design and Bootstrap.

Let’s talk about Responsive Web Design for a minute. Understand that you are creating a web site that is responsive to the user’s behavior and to the mobile device, or table that user is using.  How you do this is by using proven coding and practices that works for the different screen size and platform.  This means to coding for the resolutions and size of images that have proven to work for the different devices. This is done by using proven CSS3 coding, standards, and proven HTML5 coding standards, and some scripting, which has  been tested and proven to work.  Most of this is done with the Cascading Style sheet that designed to work for all devices.

If the current employee is trained in HTML, HTML5. CSS3, and has some scripting knowledge that employee should be able to work in and expand their knowledge into Responsive Web Design.

Bootstrap is known for “one framework, every device” solution for creating web site using HTML, CSS3, and some jQuery plugins. I don’t want to dig any deeper into this but to say again if you have knowledge in front-end development then you can make the transition to responsive web design within a couple of weeks.  My plan for the Fall is to introduce to my students using Bootstrap web design.  You can find more information about this by going to getbootstrap.com.

One of the things I tell my students repeatedly is, when working in IT that the training, “going to school” never stops. You as the employee, you need to be willing to always learn and expand your knowledge in the field. As the employer, you need to encourage your employees to make the transition into responsive web designs such as Bootstrap and Responsive Web Design.


Author: mrmartink

Front-end web developer currently creating new sites and doing maintenance for small businesses and non-profits such as City Chamber of Commerce and Public Safety. Mr. Martin has been a Technology Instructor for a local Community College since 2007. Mr. Martin is teaching Information Technology 101, Computer Essential 101, Word , Excel, PowerPoint , Access DB, Introduction to HTML/Web Page Design, and Web Design 1, Advance Web Design 2, WordPress, HTML5, CSS, and Linux Admin. Available as adjunct instructor for online classes for community colleges for Fall and Spring semester.

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