Back to School

Well, today we returned any books we still had at home. I was strange to be in the school again – seeing new faces and feeling that slightly superior, been-there, done-that feeling you get when you see someone in the same boat you were in a year ago…

I met one of the new crop of web Tech students – very nice guy, seems to know a lot already, seemed interested in coming and sitting in on some of our presentations tomorrow.

So now to try to put together my presentation – I wish I had more time but I will do the best I can.

Week Eight – Day Five – Last Day

Well today was the last day. It did not go as I had hoped, but it was a good day. Al and I finally got the code for the menus working, so I can use the site in my presentation. I got most of my stuff off the hard drive here, except for some tutorials I wanted, but I ran out of time.

It feels as if it has been a lot shorter than eight weeks, although there were a couple of days early on that felt as if they were a week or two long all by themselves! I’ve learned a lot, and I think met at least one person I will continue to stay in touch with.

I had brought my camera – wanted to get a group shot of everybody, but forgot about it until I started to pack my knapsack at the end of the day and saw the camera at the bottom. By then everyone was gone except for Al, me and one other person. I am a terrible person at saying goodbye – it feels odd that there was no sort of official acknowledgement that this was now over. Everyone just sort of wandered off as usual at the end of the week. Oh, well. C’est la vie!

and Au revoir…

Week Eight – Day Four

It’s getting near the end of the internship, just one more day to go. I am experiencing mixed feelings – I like some of the people here very much and it wil be sad to say goodbye. For the last few weeks I have been feeling more and more as if I am making a real contribution here, and not just doing “busywork” to fill in the time. I will miss that feeling of accomplishment.

On the other hand – I can challenge myself now, and get that feeling of accomplishment from succeeding at self-appointed tasks. (It’s just nicer when there’s someone else there to high-five when the code works!)

I will spend some time tomorrow taking all my personal stuff off the hard drive and organizing what I need to take along for my presentation and what I have to leave behind. I should get a jump on writing my report, as well. I should really have started it weeks ago, but this record should help me out quite a bit.

Week Eight – Day Three

I wish I had insisted that we make three tables on that darned database! It is taking forever to get the code right to load the menus – I will be so disappointed if it’s not finished by Friday – not only because we did promise it would be, but because if it isn’t, I won’t be able to include it in my presentation at school next week, and it is a great site!

I wish I could be of more help in writing the code – I am researching it online and proofreading it for errors (Al keeps leaving out the $ in the variables, gives me something to do!) but Al is writing the main part of it and getting more and more frustrated when the error messages pop up. Me, I hate it more when there are no error messages – it just fails to echo anything at all! At least with an error message you have a hint about what to fix and where to find it!

Week Eight – Day Two

OK – today I got about 60 pages into the database by 11:45 AM – then Alex realized that in order to query the db the way he wanted to, we had to add a column for the manufacturer’s name. So I did that, and manually entered the names for each of the pages, according to content. I went on and entered the rest of the pages – 115 in total – and was done by 2:45. I was so happy to be done with it!

Then Alex realized we had to be able to select for the menu and we needed three MORE fields – so I had to create them and then edit them according to either a boolean or an integer value…finally got finished just in time to clean up a couple of files on my computer and leave for the day. I sure hope Alex doesn’t realize anything else tomorrow! We’re supposed to be setting this all to PHP and finishing off the site – it is promised for delivery for Friday, my last day here.

Week Eight – Day One

9:20 A.M. Well today had a very inauspicious beginning – my daughter’s boss emailed her last night and asked her to go to Ottawa today to do a job – her car is in the shop so she had to take mine, which leaves me sitting at home. I know this internship is important, but it is also not paid, and her job is, so that made the decision a no-brainer. I have e-mailed them at work to see if there’s anything I can do from home today.

10:05 A.M.  So it appears I can do database work from home – this is a relief to me as I am concerned about missing the hours and not putting in as many as are necessary to complete this phase of the program. Hopefully the time spent at home working on company projects will count as well as the time spent in the office.

3:55 P.M. I spent part of today doing stuff around the house and now I’m going to start on the database. If I work for 6 hours I’ll be done about 10 P.M. – an early night for me.

Week Seven – Day Five

Not in the office today – drove up to Kemptville to enroll my daughter for September at the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus.

WOW! What a place! I am blown away by how much is available to these kids – if there had been a course like this around when I was her age I would have leaped at it.

The she came home to Montreal and I went on to Kingston to set up a blogging website for the nice folks at I know it is a ridiculously long domain name but it’s what they wanted so we’re going with it. I got it installed and styled a theme for them and showed them how to add posts etc – they are very bright and will continue on their own quite easily, I think.

Back to work Monday – it will be my last week.

Week Seven – Day Four

Well, be careful what you wish for. First thing this morning I was told I had a new assignment – slice and code the landing page for the site we have been working on.

I had been longing for a new assignment – this should be fun (my first thought). Then I saw the challenge I was facing – taking one large image, and not using ImageMapping, slice the layers and create the page so all the images were in the CSS, not the HTML, and yet have ONLY images, no text, and links on the images. Also, write a javascript to  read the browser window’s size and load different style sheets to fit, and write the stylesheets to go with it, sizing the images accordingly as well.

It took me all day but I got it done – setting up the divs and putting links for images that exist in the CSS (you can’t have a link outside a whole div, and with no text to put the link on…) It was tough and I had to ask Alex for help at one point but I did get it done.

One of the last things I did was to tweak the javascript to display the image without having it overflow at all, in whatever browser, at whatever resolution – this  was not as hard as it sounds, – all you do is call the CSS for the resolution below the one in the browser and set all your margins to “auto” and there you are. I am so glad I know how to do this now – it is a very handy trick to know and this method will adapt itself to other sites very easily.

Week Seven – Day Three

I have to say I am looking forward, when this internship is over, to not having to write something every day – the record of what I did is valuable, but I do begrudge the time – I have such short evenings as it is, after being out of the house for 10 or more hours a day. (I dream of a day off to do laundry – pathetic!)

I am just doing pages again today, copy-and-paste stuff. I know it has to be done and while it is not urgent it is important – without content even the prettiest website isn’t worth much. But it is boring, repetitive work, so I’ll be glad when it’s done and I can move on to something new.

Week Seven – Day Two

The ongoing virus-hunt continues – the guy beside me found something on his computer first thing this morning – we spent some time looking it up to see what it does and what to do about it – then he had to use my work computer to do some stuff and I was relegated to just working on my laptop. I was glad to do it, it gave me a chance to follow along on one of the tutorials and I think I am really getting a handle on this stuff now – a small handle, but a handle nonetheless.

Then later in the day I spent a fair bit of time finishing up some odds and ends on various projects – organizing files and folders, stuff like that. As messy as I admit I am in my house, that’s how compulsively organized I am on the computer. (It thrills me to be able to find whatever file  I’m looking for whenever I need it – unlike my house where I’m lucky if I can find my family most of the time!)

I still have some catch-up work to do for the CGI part of  the program at school, but given the hours I am working it begins to look as if I may not get it done in time – I find I am less upset at the thought than I expected to be – but it does seem too bad to have put in all this time and effort and not even have a certificate to show for it… I just don’t know where I’ll find the time to get it done. I do actually know how to do all the stuff we’re required to do for the assignments – especially now that I’ve been working “in the field”, as it were – I just don’t have the time to write all the pages I’d need to do. I’ll have to see what I can get done this weekend.