Website-making and learning all this webdev bullshid
I'm looking into what sort of "game"-like thing I can build off of just webpages, and ReactJS caught my attention. Started learning it, ended up finally using git too, some friends who have been begging me to use it cheered (thanks 4 the support lol), and from there I went down the rabbithole of... uh... catching up to whatever the hell web developers have been up to ever since 2013 I guess!
I stopped learning how to properly make sites years ago though, around the time HTML5 was first really circulating. I barely know shit about libraries and frameworks, I'm still stuck in the era where framesets were The Rage and Super Cool. I really looked up to all the artists who had simple gallery sites where on the side of the page there was a frame, with a list of [X] [X] [X] links, each one loading a new collection of artwork in the right frame... My first attempt at an OC site was like this, even! By far this sort of layout is still my favorite site layout of all time, even if deprecated, because the barrier for creating functional site navigation without constant copy+pasting of navigation code was very low, and the minimalism that arose from it still felt comfortably homemade, possibly because it was a structure that focused on content and was very transparent with How To Access Places, instead of... hey, where's the link to the contacts page?
Returning to website development (man... "development" sounds too damn fancy... I spend 80% of my time site-making just rambling in a text editor and having internal debates about whether to post things or not) with my really dated knowledge and weaksauce skills has been... a time. It's been really fun(ny).
It's incredible what people can do now and how complex sites have gotten functionally, even if visually everything has shifted towards a modernity that looks same-y and boring. I don't want to bash on it because, honestly, if it makes a site that's accessible for its users, then I can excuse boring design. There's also a lot of tools available now to make things with complicated functionality much more easily, and I love to see my pro web dev peers happy over lazier, performant coding xD (ps. i think i will start picking up 'xD' again just because... sometimes LOL or LMFAO just doesn't cut it? and i like my casual little tone indicators? u feel me bro?)
There's a charm to making everything from scratch, but it's also pretty fulfilling to create things in bulk with custom generators.
This website may undergo some changes, or it may not...! What I'm definitely going to change, though, is how I'll be updating it. I now see the light of git version control. And thank god neocities has an API!!!!!