RDWonline v8.0: The Quasareclipse is the flagship project of the RDWonline domain, and is the personal website of webmaster Ronald D. Willis. This website and its sub-domains feature an assortment of new additions and enhancements and adhere to HTML5 and CSS3 standards. To navigate through this website, please use the main navigation to the left or click on a tab to the right to expose the contents of its panel. Please enjoy the web experience presented here.
News & Updates
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:11 P.M.
In light of the release of jQuery 2.0, this current incarnation of RDWonline as well as all its sub-domains will continue to function on Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. However, starting from RDWonline v9.0, ALL websites under the RDWonline domain will NOT be functional using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 nor 8. If the user is still using Windows XP, s/he is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to either upgrade to Windows 7 or later OR install the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
Sunday, March 31, 2013, 3:08 A.M.
Added link to personal Bandcamp page to help promote independent music.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12:00 A.M.
Happy new year to everyone once again! RDWonline v8.0: The Quasareclipse was posted one year ago today. Thanks to all who have given their words of encouragement and feedback for this paramount release throughout the year!
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 10:15 A.M.
Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:48 P.M.
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 1:04 A.M.
Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:40 A.M.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4:06 A.M.
New critique of this website was posted at About.com!
Sunday, January 8, 2012, 3:09 A.M.
RDWonline v8.0: The Quasareclipse is a featured website on the HTML5 websites page!
Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:40 A.M.
Added Liquid Spirits and Loop Session to the Recreation > Music section
Sunday, January 1, 2012, 12:00 A.M.
Happy new year to everyone! Arducane Development is kicking off the new year with two new websites and five website upgrades! The Arducane Development company website was consolidated to a more concise layout for better ease of use. Also, the RDWonline flagship website RDWonline v8.0: The Quasareclipse went through a major rewrite and redesign, along with its sub-domains! The wait is finally over and all the new websites are online!
– Proverbs 4:7
Ronald D. Willis moved to Bloomington, IN to attend college at Indiana University (IU), where he studied chemistry as an undergraduate. During that time, Ronald became heavily involved with computer work and held many computer-related occupations that allowed his interests of information technology to be nurtured. Ronald's efforts would eventually offer him several work opportunities, including assisting with the inception of the crystallographic data exchange system Chemviz/Reciprocal Net at the IU Molecular Structure Center. In addition to computing, Ronald also acquired an interest in learning web graphic design concepts, which he eventually decided to pursue as a career rather than working in the chemical field. After completing his chemistry degree, Ronald picked up a PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor book and started to teach himself web design and development using open source tools.
In May 2006, Ronald was offered a position that allowed him to transition into the Microsoft technologies. That summer Ronald took a strenuous crash course in classic ASP, Visual Basic.NET, Visual C# 2005, ASP.NET 1.1/2.0 frameworks and SQL Server 2000/2005. Today, Ronald still divides his time in both technologies - .NET work at his employer and PHP/MySQL work for leisure.
When Ronald is not putting in an assiduous number of hours on the computer, he enjoys bowling, playing pool, going to the movies, listening to "non-commercialized" music, planning social events and hanging out at the local bookstores and cafés in town.
RDWonline v8.0: The Quasareclipse
Release Date: January 1, 2012
RDWonline v7.0: The Seoquouloxolocadium
Release Date: July 7, 2007
The work done to produce the Epoccontinuum and the newly-divided sub-domains required for Ronald to focus more on the scripting and databases, while the graphics were pretty much an after-thought. Although the RDWonline series finally had a bright incarnation to list in its history, Ronald decided that it was time to bring the design back to more of a darker, abstract yet professional vibe. Furthermore, a more concerted effort to push the PHP codebase over to an object-oriented tree was made, as each page now executes a single derived object in order to render the markup for display. While this tableless design was more compacted than its predecessors, the overall execution was indeed harmonious and required little effort in ensuring that the design rendered as intended across the major web browsers. There is no real reason why this website has the surname Seoquouloxolocadium, but it seemed to fit with the somewhat abstract theme of the website design. This is also the first website produced by Ronald to exhibit full separation of structure, presentation and functional behavior.
RDWonline v6.0: The Epoccontinuum
Release Date: May 16, 2006
On September 6, 2004, Ronald embarked on yet another long journey to redesign and rearchitect RDWonline. The interface for the OmniFireball was enclosed, and all the predecessor websites used dark colors with white text for the staple layout. So this time around, Ronald brightened up the color scheme a bit, modeling his old black-purple-teal Reebok pumps (sans black). This website has the surname Epoccontinuum not because it was a work-in-progress for 20 months, but because the design and theme was formulated to integrate elements of time, clouds, ice and glass to better illustrate the elevation of Ronald's web prowess using the same tools as before and new technologies such as Ajax and JSON.
RDWonline v5.00: The OmniFireball
Release Date: September 24, 2003
The Internet is plagued with poor web designs and horribly-formed web pages. One major reason Ronald felt the need to rearchitect (not just redesign) RDWonline is to reinforce the importance of creating structure and presentation that is W3C-compliant for the most part. With graduation from graduate school coming in the following semester, Ronald melded RDWonline Designs & Productions and his personal website together with The Gravity Realm, rdwmusical and rdwmagicollection to create a 200-page website that he actively used as his conversational piece for forthcoming job interviews in demonstrating his web graphic skills and web programming prowess. The website has the surname OmniFireball because of that, and the fact that Ronald used 10 different applications in variance for its design and assembly.
RDWonline Personal Website v3.0
Release Date: July 8, 2002
Ronald redesigned his website in hopes of using it to supplement his application to the School of Library and Information Science graduate program. The website was renamed to RDWonline, and in celebration of that the audio theme was chosen after Ronald created a stereo using only Photoshop. Ronald likes to consider this website the 'minimalistic' and 'self-titled' incarnation since he focused on the basics of web design and development, using only Photoshop (with no 3rd party filters), Fireworks and Dreamweaver to create this entity.
The Personal Website of Ronald D. Willis, Volume Two
Release Date: July 23, 2000
The Personal Website of Ronald D. Willis, Volume One
Release Date: July 7, 1999
The first release had very humble beginnings. It only consisted of five static HTML pages with Ronald's picture and a gradient image for the background. At the time, Ronald was still very much a neophyte when it came to web design, however it only made sense at that time to develop a small website dedicated to his chemical research papers and favorite pastimes. This website would set the foundation for all of its succeeding incarnations.
Questions & Answers
Volume 7 was released over four years ago in July 2007. Why so long between releases?
So much has occurred since that release. Got a new job the month after it dropped. Had to deal with some other personal things. It was always in the plan to do Volume 8 - it was just a matter of finding the time to do research and development and the time to get it all done. When the current web browsers started to support HTML5 and CSS3 and the PHP group decided release most of the PHP6 features in PHP 5.3.x, it was time.
How are you able to balance your responsibilities as a web designer and a web developer?
It's not easy. Everyone has only one head, so you wear the hat you feel like wearing at that time. When you're tired of wearing that hat, take it off and put on a new one.
Hey, what happened to the TransFormers™ section on this website?!
It's no longer on this website, but it's still on this domain. It's been integrated into RDWonlineTransFormersInventory.
The RDWonline.com domain is 10 years old now. Are you at all surprised about the direction that the website has gone over the years, or was this the plan all along?
From a personal perspective, it has been pretty impressive to see this domain grow over the years from five static HTML pages to a domain comprised of seven web apps powered by a relatively large centralized codebase and backed with five databases. The greatest reward is the knowledge and experience procured during each revision, as that has helped with working through real-life scenarios in the workplace.
In your honest opinion, what are the two absolute BEST rap/hip-hop groups ever?
The absolute best rap/hip-hop group ever is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The second best group is The Lonely Island (yeah, that's right). Anyone who can take The Chronicles of Narnia and Pirates of the Carribbean and make them into solid songs deserve "the throne".
Is there going to be a Volume 9 of this series, and if so when will it be completed?
There will more than likely be a Volume 9. As far as when, it's anyone's guess, but it definitely will not be any time soon.
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