This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern at  Consulting. I will be entering my senior year at Indiana University this fall, so I’ve gained proficiency at a variety of technical skills, but I’ve not had much experience applying them to real world tasks. With  I was able to apply those skills in various projects throughout the summer and gain valuable work experience.

I was assigned to the Open Source Application Development Team who made me feel welcome from the start. They would often set aside their own work for a few minutes to help me when I had questions. The teamwork and collaboration that I experienced in creating software at  was a welcome surprise.

The Projects

The project that helped me grow the most as a developer was the redesign of two pages for: The Company Leadership Team page and the Home page. Throughout the project, I got to communicate with our client and make sure the product fulfilled their expectations. I also had the advantage of getting great mock-ups for my pages, created by Techmates’s UX experts

The Technology

In redesigning these pages I used HTML, CSS, Bootstrap and others. These technologies are flexible and fairly easy to learn.

Our goal was to create a framework that would allow us to style the pages to a user’s needs and preferences. HTML and CSS fit this bill nicely. Another advantage to these technologies is that they allow you to easily adjust a single section of a page without altering the product as a whole. This is essential in creating a product that pleases the client.

Another tool that became invaluable to me during my projects was the built-in Developer Tools for Chrome. When building a web page, inspecting is essential to being accurate and efficient. For example, in the past I would reference my style sheet and make a guess on how much padding to add, then refresh my browser, and repeat that process until I got it right. Being able to inspect my page so easily with Chrome Developer Tools allowed me to quickly get a picture of my changes.

Finally, Bootstrap  were essential to building the front-end of my pages. Bootstrap allows the page to automatically adjust content to fit the user’s screen size whatever that may be – phone, tablet, monitor, and anything in between.

I was proud that my final product matched the mockup down to the last detail.