Thanks for replying,
Yes, I work for publications and they are actively moving towards an on-line presence which is good, but as you can imagine I would like to keep up with the exciting new transitions. I am very familiar with many of the major graphics software, and deal a lot with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, and I feel that I can create and code visually appealing web page layouts, it's just that I am uncertain as to what those who make hiring decisions look for when they look at your coding.
So I am trying to build a portfolio and am trying to keep my coding as "attractive" to the powers that be as possible.
I am comfortable writing code with text editors such as notepad, and thinking that something done in, say DW, would not be as appealing to those making hiring decisions.
Not too good with Java or PHP yet, I have been experimenting with templates for slideshows and image galleries but I stay away from jquery and plug ins.
It seems as though "responsive" layouts will soon become the norm and would think that would be important to show as well.
I guess I kinda feel like an awkward guest at a party that doesn't quite feel like he fits in yet and doesn't quite know the "lingo" or the accepted "norms", if you get my drift.