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Re: Wanted: Mentor for tests, web projects

From: Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:37:44 +0100
Message-ID: <CAEG2duD+KgxHERjfDxFBbrx2=vMhd7wVEydrmicoZgaDmQzabg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Zearin <zearin@gonk.net>
Cc: XProc Dev <xproc-dev@w3.org>
Instead of trying to get a private mentor, you could ask your
questions on here and then they'll get archived and searchable etc

Asking a good question is an art - make sure its short and concise,
provides all the information needed and is answerable by someone
within a few minutes.

On 30 August 2011 17:17, Zearin <zearin@gonk.net> wrote:
> A Plea For Mentorship!
> Quick Up-Front Summary
> So, I’ve been trying to teach myself a couple of things for months on end,
> but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it.
> I was wondering if anyone would be willing to mentor me a bit.  I’m not
> asking for full-time teacher, just someone to share some best practices.
>  (And maybe help point me in the right direction when I’m stuck.  I’m very
> tired of getting stuck over and over again. ☺ )
> What I Keep Getting Stuck On
> My problems are mostly centered around:
> Tests!
> How to write them
> which tools to use (there are so very MANY!)
> Project organization & high-level management
> Keeping organized past a certain level of complexity (it’s difficult to
> define “certain level of complexity”, since people find different things
> complex—but I suspect)
> How to write project-level XProc, keep lower-level XProc organized and
> cleanly separated from project-level XProc (I want to have a high
> signal-to-noise ratio when I look at my XProc, without all the details
> cluttering up the big picture)
> Web-centric projects
> My context is strongly centered around web projects.  (Not exclusively, but
> very heavily.)
> I’ve enjoyed creating websites for over 10 years.  But recently, all the
> hub-bub around HTML5 and CSS3 has the community creating all sorts of new
> and powerful tools.  (I’m using the term “tools” loosely.  I mean things
> like Stylus, CoffeeScript, HTML5BoilerPlate, and the Golden Grid System.)  I
> have no issue using these tools separately.  Using them in concert to create
> a website is much more difficult.  This is a big contributor to my issues
> maintaining project organization and writing clean XProc scripts.
> I have read tons about this stuff.  And I think that I have a solid grasp of
> the basic concepts.  It’s just that when I try to put any of it into
> practice, without the simplicity found in examples and tutorials, I have a
> really difficult time doing so.
> What’s In It For You?
> I’m a broke undergrad, with no money to offer.
> But I can offer help with:
> proofreading, editing, and some writing
> enhancing website markup semantics or CSS (I am totally comfy with X/HTML5 +
> CSS3)
> usability feedback on just about anything (I’m very usability-centric in
> thinking about everything: software, hardware, graphic design, document
> design, windows that are needlessly annoying to open when the don’t have to
> be…yep, just about everything.)
> I’ve been running into the same walls for so long now, I’m starting to go a
> little crazy.  If you can help—even if just a little, or just for a short
> time—I would consider it an act of heroism.  ☺
> Sincerely,
> — Tony / Zearin

Andrew Welch
Received on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:38:12 UTC

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