“As a computer science new media major, I have to be able to work both sides of the brain in order to achieve the success of both the design and programming sides of my practicum,” explains Chad Jordan, senior, regarding his summer role as the CSE Department’s student in charge of web development upgrades.
Jordan must engage his creativity by designing web pages while also applying his understanding of programming languages to develop animations. He quips, “I used my programming knowledge to write the image rotator in jQuery that you now see on the homepage [cse.taylor.edu]. I used my designer’s side to develop the new logo that’s above the image rotator on the homepage. Basically, I’ve learned just how much work actually goes into an image rotator—both the design side and the programming side!”
Dr. Jeff Cramer, professor, explains, “It’s fun working with Chad, throwing out an idea, and letting him run with it.”
Jordan’s summer experience has affirmed his choice to pursue a new media major. “I really enjoy designing, but I love programming,” he notes. “I would love to use my abilities towards more programming applications and graphics for the web. I have other dreams, too, but those may take longer. I do know that this job has continued to fuel my passion for web development as a whole.”
–This is the final article in a series about students working for the CSE department this summer.