We know web development. As experts in the design and development of secure, high-quality, and hand-coded websites, our team have a fantastic insight into the world of coding for websites. Coding is all around us in the 21st century, with smartphones, apps, ATMs, computers, streaming services, and of course, websites and email. But how does it really work? Our developers have given us some insight.
Fact: Mathematician Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the first computer programmer. Between 1842 and 1843 she wrote an algorithm design to be carried out by a machine. Her work would later become essential to Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer.
At Formation, our team follow three steps when starting web development, using a combination of programming languages:
Step 1: HTML. HTML (hypertext markup language) forms the structure of our websites. HTML is a solid language for building strong and secure websites, however, it lacks diverse visual capabilities. HTML allows for the building of elements of a website, such as pages, menus, text, headings and more. When you need a basic build with excellent construction capabilities, HTML is the answer.
Step 2: CSS. Also known as cascading style sheets, CSS adds visuals and descriptive elements to the basic HTML structure of a page. CSS allows the addition of specifics such as colour, size, font, themes and formatting. Developers can be highly specific when using CSS, and with the use of the style sheet formats, it allows for the quick changing of graphic designs without having to edit the HTML.
Fact: Studio Manager Tom’s first website was called TheSimsSpot, a The Sims fan website, built when he was just 11. He’s come a long way since then!
Behind the scenes
A client-side language is interpreted by a server-side one. The client-side language interacts with the server to fetch data and turn that data into a command to be executed. The server is the site where the information is processed on the behalf of the client-side interface (in this instance, a website). The server’s job is to process the data it receives, translate it to commands and action these back on the client side. All this happens in the blink of an eye.
Servers can be extremely powerful, but many processors (a unit within a computer or smart device that performs a number of key operations) have caught up now, particularly in smartphones and modern laptops, so client-side languages have been able to shorten the amount of time spent sending data back and forth to the server, which speeds up the whole process for the user.
There are many skills involved in web development, including building, coding and maintenance, which is why we have our own dedicated team. Formation also build in many other features such as security, encryption and search engine optimisation to our website builds.