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Responsive Web Design

It’s not just web design. It’s “Responsive” web design.

Through the use of an extensive grid system, a website can be created in order to accommodate to whatever dimensions are being used to view the website without having to load separate pages through the use of a device detection system.

It was in the not so distant past that when a person visited a website, javascript or PHP scripts would need to “sniff” and detect what type of device the user was visiting the website on. It would then determine the correct URL to redirect the visitor to based on the dimensions of that device. Due to the ever changing device specifications and new mobile devices coming out almost overnight, this is not a very effective way to render a website. Besides, with all of the new devices coming out today, you would constantly have to create new versions of your entire website almost constantly. this is no way for anyone to have to do business on the web.

Responsive grids are capable of adjusting the page that you are already on based on the browser dimensions that you are using no matter what device or browser that you are currently using. So instead of redirecting to a different version of your website, the user stays on the current page and simply renders the content differently in order to make the content viewable just the same but with simple modifications that make it look clean and viewable without having to scroll right and left or zoom in and out.

Suffice it to say, responsive grid systems do not work alone. These systems require very special conditional CSS3 coding in order to accommodate the various browser dimensions. This allows the display to work properly while rendering or disabling the rendering of various elements and other properties as well. For example, a standard horizontal menu can turn into a mobile menu simply by resizing the browser. And this is just to say the least about responsive web design.

Full-Stack Website Development

To use the term Full-Stack Developer is to encompass a full repertoire of skill sets that supersede the average web developer. And despite the fact that so many are attempting to categorize themselves as a full stack developer, most developers are still incapable of making the grade and simply brag about being something that they only aspire to be someday. Inspiration is great, but you really have to have what it takes to enter this level of development expertise. If this field of entrepreneurship were martial arts, A full stack developer has reached ultimate enlightenment and would nearly be shaking hands with God himself.

It’s a really common occurrence that you will come across many who claim to have the expertise required to call themselves a full stack developer. Unfortunately, most people simply think that being able to code a little bit in every language makes you qualified to call yourself one. FALSE! To begin with, if a developer lacks at least 10 years of development experience, then the mere idea that they are a full stack developer is but a pipe dream of their’s and nothing more.

Since I have been in development for more than 25 years and lack only the skills to be a cyber criminal (by choice) I can honestly say that I have crossed paths with the best of them and can attest to the fact that there are plenty of full stack developers out there that make the grade. But I have also run across the low-grade pretentious developers that don’t make the grade and merely Google their way through every project that comes their way. From a professional’s viewpoint, they are very easy to spot.

I started off in the early part of 1985 simply learning the basics upward and through High school. From there, I began teaching myself to program in various TRUCK and Machine language formats with the early TI-99s and Commadore64/128 Computers. But this was simple child’s play. After spending time as a Telecommunication Commcenter Operator in Military Intelligence (Computers & Electronics Platoon) during the Gulf war, I learned more about programming technology than I even dreamed could exist at that time. And that was 27 years ago. I have been designing websites and developing in nearly every web language ever since.

Keeping up with this technology was the hardest part. It doesn’t matter what you learn or where you learn it. Neither does it even matter how smart you are. If you are living off of just the basics of what you learned and not keeping up with the latest technology, languages and even being updated with depreciated codes and functions, then you still live in the past. You have to eat, sleep and breath development. And only by living it like a master can you truly be considered Full Stack Development material. That’s far rarer than you can imagine. And about one out of about a thousand self-proclaimed full stack developers out there are but a child wearing a cape and dreaming he or she will someday be a superhero. but until that day comes, Versitek is here to save the day.