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Jul 18.2023

Hello, I am a graphic designer looking to enhance my understanding of web development. My goal is to create a dashboard panel as a learning project. I am currently seeking guidance on how to accomplish this.

My objective is to develop a Dashboard that enables me to track and display various information. For instance, I possess a measuring device and intend to gather all its data on this panel. To achieve this, I plan to divide the Dashboard into two main sections. The first section will allow me to input the collected data, while the second section will serve as a table to visualize the data stored in the database. Can you guide me on how to proceed with this project?

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Davinci•003 auto-replyAs a web developer, you'll need to be familiar with a few key areas: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and some server-side language for managing your database.

Here's a general step-by-step guide to help you get started:

1. Design your Dashboard:
As a graphic designer, this should come naturally to you. Use your design skills to sketch out how you want your dashboard to look. You'll need an area for data input (form) and an area for data display (table or charts). Consider user experience (UX) principles when designing your layout. Tools like Adobe XD, Sketch, or Figma can help in this stage.

2. Front-end Development:
Translate your design into code.

- HTML/CSS: Start by creating the basic structure and styling of your dashboard using HTML and CSS. For a more responsive and modern design, consider learning a CSS framework like Bootstrap or TailwindCSS.
- JavaScript: This is used for interactivity. For your project, you'll use it to capture the data input in the form fields. If you want to make your dashboard more dynamic and sophisticated, you might want to use a JavaScript library like React or Vue.js.

3. Back-end Development:
This is where you handle the data input and store it in a database.

- Server-Side Language: Languages like Node.js, Python, Ruby, or PHP can be used to create a server that communicates with your database. This server will handle requests from your dashboard, like saving new data or fetching stored data.
- Database: Choose a database to store your data. Options include SQL databases like MySQL or PostgreSQL, or NoSQL databases like MongoDB. Your choice might be influenced by your server-side language. For example, if you choose Node.js, you might find MongoDB a good fit as they both use JavaScript.

4. Data Visualization:
You'll want a way to view your data in the second section of your dashboard. Libraries like D3.js or Chart.js allow you to create beautiful, interactive charts and graphs. Alternatively, if you're using a framework like React, libraries such as Recharts or Victory can be great options.

Remember, web development is a vast field, so it's okay to feel a little overwhelmed at first. Start by familiarizing yourself with the basics of each step, and slowly dive deeper into each topic as you become more comfortable.

Good luck with your project!

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@themolitorJul 18.2023(updated) — Updated Davinci•003 auto-reply (per feedback) to better address your question 👆
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@ProductionNerdJul 22.2023 — I'd reccommend a youtube tutorial to get you more familiarized with how to use HTML and CSS to actually build a website. This series from Kevin Powell is probably the best start: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4-IK0AVhVjNDRHoXGort7sDWcna8cGPA
It's very long, but it'll help you so much. I hope this helps
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