Watching Clouds - The Beginning of My Time as Director of Development for OWL
I am writing this post as a record that may be used by an OWL's Historian when they update the History of OWL page, and if you happen to be a member of OWL who is visiting my website I would like to welcome you as a former OWL member and Director of Development!
I was asked by OWL President Nolan Meister to lead HOOT, OWL's development team, and rebuild OWL's website during the spring semester of 2019, my junior year at OU. I had just finished serving as Director of Shifts for a year where I showed dedication to maintaining OWL's technology. At the time I had built a primitive website through OU Create where I practiced writing forecast discussions and viewed weather data uploaded by the same weather station that uploads to this site. The OWL website at the time was basicly nonexistent as server updates in 2015 lead to the slow collapse of the website, and HOOT's last two members graduated that year. So, at the end of the spring semester, before taking finals, I began work on the OWL website and started with the temporary Wordpress site that was being used as a proof of concept by previous directors. After spending a couple of days with it I decided to scrap it and build a website from scratch with the scraps of code and external css, js, and jquery scripts I could find on the server during previous attempts to rebuild the website before they created the Wordpress site.
Real progress on the website happened during the summer before my senior year, especially during the months of June and July, as I had to stop work on the website to focus on finals and complete some summer work to raise some money for my senior year. I started with the home page and learned how to use external css style sheets such as bootstrap 4.0 to quickly format all the pages of the website so they shared a similar theme/style. The first pages I created with the help of then Historian Bruce Pollock were the social media page and the OWL board page. Also, during that time I helped Bruce find some of OWL's history by using the Wayback Machine on the internet archive website archive.org to view the old OWL website from 2015. My main goal the rest of the summer was to recreate the forecast discussion page that I saw on the old website and finish the login system for the website before school began mid-August.
That wraps up my brief summary of the beginnings of my time as Director of Development for OWL. If you want more details about my time as director you can read the archive of my blog as director at Developer's Corner - Between the Code. This is an archive of the OWL website that lives on this website.