S401 Proficiency Project 4: Advanced Technology, Ethics, and Professionalism

29 Nov

A. Book Database

Go to the free service Sodadb at and create a book collection database. Use the OPTION menu to add at least two additional fields. Add at least five records to your database.  Be sure that it’s available to the public. Evidence: You will be adding a link to your database within your web page project in Section C below.

B. Content Management System

Go to Create a website following the on-screen directions. Your entry page is your HOME page.  Create an ABOUT page that introduces yourself. Create a professional ETHICS page containing the following information:

• A link to the ALA Code of Ethics along with a brief description.
• A short discussion of your concerns regarding one of the major areas discussed in the ALA Code of Ethics.

Create a PERSONAL page that includes a topic of personal interest that may also be associated with the profession such as your passion for reading, technology, or a particular author or genre; a social concern such as literacy or homelessness; or any other area you wish.  Embed a widget such as the WorldCat widget. Incorporate the following images somewhere in your website:

• At least one photo you took with a digital camera
• An edited version of a photo (e.g., modify colors, add Gilter, crop)
• An image you scanned using a scanner.
• An image you generated using a web-based tool such as an infographic maker, sign generator, or other online creator.
• An image from Wikimedia Commons

Place a list of these images on your ABOUT page. Double check to be sure that you’ve made your website available to the public. Incorporate a video you produced into your website. Embed this video somewhere on your website. It should be embedded rather than just a link.

C. Web Page Development

Create a single web page using raw HTML and CSS coding. Save it with the HTM file extension. Review a book, movie, app, or other item of your choice.  Include the following tags in your HTML code. Beyond the requirements, you can do whatever your wish.

• <!DOCTYPE html>
• html
• head
• title
• meta
• style
• body
• paragraph
• h1
• br
• horizontal rule
• list tag

Create a link to Amazon to the book.  Create a link to your database page created in Section A above. Be sure it’s public. Insert an image of your choice. Be sure to use an ALT tag to identify the image. Check the validity of your HTML code by pasting in your code into the W3C validator. Fix what you can, but don’t worry about those things you don’t understand. Look at your web page on two different browsers.Conduct a field test with at least one other person. Ask a couple other people to look at your page.  Share your findings (i.e., website validation experience, test with different browsers, and field test) in a brief paragraph. Add this paragraph as a comment to the Assignment area.

Comment paragraph:

Images have not been uploaded as the document links to my blog. I didn’t put a lot of effort into design. I’m fairly familiar with basic HTML, and I much prefer content management systems, which handle design for you. I found that fonts and images were clearer in MS Edge (the IE replacement in Win 10) than they were in Firefox. I had two errors that I was able to correct with validation. These errors resulted from Amazon cancelling my affiliate account due to lack of sales and editing out the links. I found the validator’s line numbers useful, as my text editor had them as well. It was easy to locate the specific error location. My teenager was unimpressed with my web page design, suggesting I “throw some more stuff in there,” center the images, adjust the background color, and improve the separation between posts.

<!DOCTYPE html>jconradp

<h1><a href="">My SodaDB Database</a></h1>

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<pre>Clicking above will take you to my SodaDB database. Rather than adding records manually, I was able to import my exported Goodreads database. I had to reformat the entire spreadsheet to fit SodaDB's template, changing the delimters from commas to semicolons. Then, after importing, I had to add, edit, and delete fields using the Option menu to accommodate the extra information transferred from Goodreads.</pre>
<h1><a href="">One Pot - Martha Stewart Living</a></h1>

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<pre><a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-178 alignleft" src="" alt="onepot" width="243" height="300" /></a> I love Martha Stewart's cookbooks, to the point where I'll overlook a lot of flaws that other cookbooks wouldn't be able to get away with. Then again, I rarely follow recipes exactly, so perhaps those flaws are my own. Anyway, I tried out two recipes from this book. The first was Arroz con Pollo, on page 21. I had planned to try this anyway, but was pretty surprised that my teen-aged son picked this out when I handed him the book and asked him what he wanted to eat this week. What kid would choose rice with olives in it? Mine is not typical, I believe. Flaws first. Here's what the Arroz con Pollo looked like at the point it was supposed to be finished cooking. Looks pretty good, right? No. The rice was still kinda crunchy. I ate some. It was passable. But only OK. I'm not really sure if the cooking time was incorrect in the book or not. Because that instruction that says, "Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat?" Yeah, I didn't do that. (Why would I do that?) So there might have been too much liquid in the pot. But I could only see that making a difference if the fat kept the rice from absorbing water. Otherwise, the rice wouldn't have been crunchy. There just would have been extra liquid in the pot. So maybe the timing was off in the book. Or not. Anyway, I put it back in the oven FOR OVER AN HOUR. <a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-179" src="" alt="????" width="300" height="225" /></a> But the extra wait was SO WORTH IT. The rice came out super creamy. And the olives lent some contrast to that creamy chicken/tomato flavor. This dish really surprised me. I happily ate it the rest of the week. Instead of typing out the recipe, <a href="">I'm going to point you to it on Martha Stewart's website,</a> for reasons I will get to in a minute. One interesting note though. I've linked to the recipe as it appears in the book. But <a href="">there is another very similar recipe with the same title</a> on her site, that doubles the amount of rice, without significantly increasing the amount of stock. So, vindication, maybe. I didn't really plan to review a second recipe, but another week went by without sitting down to post, and I just happened to make another recipe for dinner. This time I made the Chicken and Dumplings on page 17, another kid request. These were as good as any I've had. I used <a style="border: none;" href="">Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose flour</a> for both the dumplings and for thickening the broth. I could not tell the difference. I thought the biscuits turned out a little salty, but then, I measured the salt in the palm of my hand. So, that's on me. I'll type this one out, <a href="">along with the link</a>, because the only recipe I could find for this version was her video. <a href=""><img class="alignleft wp-image-1058" src="" alt="dumpling" width="304" height="228" /></a> On second thought, no I won't. Just watch the video. It's not long. And chicken and dumplings aren't hard to do. (Maybe I'll come back and edit it in later. But it's getting late.) Anyway, these were delicious. I'm probably going to buy this book. There are many, many great-looking recipes in it. But probably one of the best things about it is the fact that every recipe from it that I've looked for so far, I've been able to find on her site as well. So, then, why get the book? Browsing for recipes online is a <em>horrible</em> experience. I remember how excited I was when content sliders started to be introduced to webpages. Suddenly, I could flip through recipes or images without having to wait for the whole page to load (along with its gazillion flash ads, which always seem to load first) every time I wanted to move on to a new recipe. But I guess somebody figured out that if the whole page didn't load, they were missing out on ad revenue. 'Cause we're back to having the whole page load every time, even though the slider's still there. So, I use the book to browse. I pick out a few recipes I'd like to try, then I go to the website and search specifically for the recipe I'm looking for. From there, I can import the recipe directly into my meal planning/shopping list software with the button on my toolbar. Here's one instance where online information can't compete with the utility of printed pages. But anyway, I highly recommend <em>One Pot</em> from Martha Stewart Living. Check out a copy from the library, see if you like it, then buy a copy for yourself.</pre>
	<li>"Arroz con Pollo." <i>One Pot</i>. Comp. Martha Stewart Living. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2014. 21. Print.</li>
	<li>"Chicken and Dumplings." <i>One Pot</i>. Comp. Martha Stewart Living. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2014. 17. Print.</li>

D. Ethics and Plagiarism

The university has developed a test to ensure that students understand how to recognize plagiarism. Email your instructor with a screen capture of your completion certification.

JConrad IU Plagiarism Test

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