In April, I launched the redesign of Pacific Southwest Technologist Chapter Inc. (Society of Nuclear medicine) website for the Halogen Lab. One of the technical challenges was to migrate it from the old host sitting on a debian server. We switched the site from Java to PHP. Using the Smarty PHP framework, the code for the site is now separated between the frontend, backend and database. The smarty template system makes it easy for Front End developers (me) to make changes without worrying too much about affecting the backend of the website.
I like the reskining part of the job. I find it very satisfying to see the metamorphosis the site goes through. The biggest challenge had to be educating the clients. The stakeholders at PSTC are generally not very familiar with web development in general. We spent a great deal of time gathering and organizing the needed requirements and explaining why things are done in certain way and taking more time.
Taking the extra time was worth it as we wanted to make sure we have the right result. With the effort, the site went from being a totally amateur to professional and elegant.
Gone with the old, in with the new:
I’m looking forward to doing more of these, especially now that I don’t work on the web anymore. I miss the fast pace and the feeling of accomplishment launching beautiful designs and interactions.