09: A Frontend Development Process

You know the basics of HTML, and you know a similar amount of CSS, but how do you turn that into a working web page? Simply knowing all the HTML tags and all the CSS attributes isn't enough. You need something called a "process" that will guide you in your first web pages. A process is something artists use to remove a lot of the cognitive overload involved in creating complex visual experiences. By following a process as a beginner you can focus on applying what you know without also trying to figure out what to do next.

I like to call these "personal processes" or "creative processes" so that they aren't confused with the team oriented processes you find in software. The team processes are things like Scrum, Agile Development, XP, and other techniques for managing a large group of people. A personal process is one you can follow on your own to get your idea out of your head, which is also why I could call them a "creative process." Let's just call these "Personal Creative Processes" or PCP for short.

Everyone Has a Process, Except for You

An established artist, writer, musician, or programmer will most likely have a process that works for them. This process is something they've built up--either intentionally or accidentally--over years of working. For some people the process is very important and they're also very conscious of it. Other people just simply "go for it" and think they don't have a process, but if you were to film them working for a few days you'd easily find they do have one.

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