The following are several other useful resources that I couldn’t think of a good category name for. Several of them are reference-type of resources.
his was put together by our very own Dr. Paul Merrill (now retired). During the 20 or so years he taught these courses, he would use much of this vocabulary. Whenever, you read what looks like jargon as you’re training (or you hear me spout it out in class), try accessing this reference to find out what it means.
- Job Aids for all types of programming
When Dr. Paul Merrill taught this course, he had a set curriculum that students would follow. For this, he created a very handy set of job aids. Even though I don’t follow the same set curriculum, I find his job aids to be very useful resources. You can find them here.
- Operators (Action Script 3.0)
Operators are used in assigning, comparing and retrieving values. This is the complete list of operators for ActionScript 3.0, the language used for Adobe Flex and Flash.
- Free icons @ iconfinder.net
This is an online repository of 1,000s of free and commercial icons that you can use in your design(s).
- ETC (more free pics)
Hosted by the Educational Technology ClearningHouse in Florida, this is an online repository of TONS of free black and white clipart that you can use in education. There are lots of obscure things on here (31 different drawings of molds, sketches of people you’ve never heard of, etc.). Definitely worth a look if you’re searching for images for a project or report.
- Public Domain images
You can use any of these images for personal or commercial use. Lots of high quality images, usually photographs.
More free clipart! (woohoo, we love free!). This is one of the larger clearinghouses of open clipart, which means you can use it for most things you’ll probably want to use it for (check the licenses, which are mentioned online).
- Free art assets from Vicki Wenderlich
Vicki Wenderlich is an independent game app developer and offers all sorts of art for free to other developers (how cool is that?). Check out her site if you’re looking for something to use to make a simple game.
- Color Scheme Designer v. 3
Creating a matching color set can be difficult. However, with this very nifty tool, you can create color schemes that match with very little effort on your part. The cool thing is that you can even see what that theme would like like on a web page for normal people and for all types of different color blindness.
Snippets are short blocks of code that you can reuse in different projects. Snippler is a site full of these little gems. So, if you know what you want to do, but are not sure exactly how to write it, head on over to Snippler to see if someone has already contributed a useful block of code for you to use.
A really important step for any development project is to create a set of blueprints, often referred to as wireframes. Balsamiq is a fantastic wireframe tool for creating quick, functional mock-ups. I know several professional instructional designers that actually use Balsamiq to communicate their ideas with clients.
- CSS defaults
Have you ever wanted to know that the default value of a particular element is? Well, Kevin Ashton, one of our program graduates, has created a neat little site that will tell you what the default values are for a majority of HTML tags. Check it out, it’s pretty slick!