scotchtape88 — 2012-02-16T05:08:50-05:00 — #1
I need a little direction and was wondering if you guys can maybe point me on the right path. I'm a digital media major who has always enjoyed web design and decided that I would take the leap this year and begin learning the craft of web design/code. The issue I'm having at the moment is that there seems to be a lot of programming choices one can learn and I'm kind of jammed up on which direction I should be heading in...
My ultimate goal would be to create a site that is interactive yet clean, kind of like the site below...
Problem is I have no idea what programming languages are required to make something like that.
I'm just starting to learn Html/Css but could seriously use a blueprint on what I should be learning next to reach my goal by the end of the year.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
mikl — 2012-02-16T06:27:19-05:00 — #2
HTML and CSS are the bread and butter of web design and development. Whatever direction you eventually take, you really must start by getting a good grasp of those two technologies.
After that, you should choose a server-side development tool. That might be PHP, or .NET, or one of several other possibilities. But I would advise you not to make that choice until you are more familiar with the fundamentals.
ralphm — 2012-02-16T06:37:25-05:00 — #3
Hi ScotchTape88. Welcome to the forums.
xhtmlcoder — 2012-02-16T08:58:24-05:00 — #4
That demo website has appalling web accessibility it won't even allow you to use it without JS enabled; not a good example of how to code a NOSCRIPT message.
mikl — 2012-02-16T09:02:22-05:00 — #5
coloradojaguar — 2012-02-16T16:52:36-05:00 — #6
If you are just beginning there are many web tutorials you can consult. Personally, when I started, I used a web editor and went back and forth between the HTML view and the WYSIWYG view. It helped me to learn the tags and how certain commands looked within the code. Once you have a good handle on CSS and HTML then I would start on PHP.
ralphm — 2012-02-16T19:17:57-05:00 — #7
Yep, all those fancy things too. :lol:
mikl — 2012-02-17T05:30:08-05:00 — #8
ralphm — 2012-02-17T06:54:17-05:00 — #9
You may well be right, although I've lately turned from learning JS to PHP, as I'm starting to see it as more useful and reliable ... though it depends on what one needs to do. The advantage of HTML + CSS + JS is that you are pretty much a complete "front-ender" (so to speak) which makes sense.
scotchtape88 — 2012-03-05T11:55:58-05:00 — #10
Wow thanks for the insight all! Okay, so I decided to just learn hmtl/css until I'm super comfortable with them and then I'll figure out what my next move will be....
Do you guys have any suggestive reading on the topics? Any must read books or videos tutorials that I should check out? Are Css3 and Html5 just upgrades to css and html or are they completely different languages?
xhtmlcoder — 2012-03-05T17:18:16-05:00 — #11
HTML5 is completely different and still mainly non normative so typically you'd be better using HTML 4.01 regarding the markup aspect.
mikl — 2012-03-06T03:26:10-05:00 — #12
so I decided to just learn hmtl/css until I'm super comfortable with them
Good plan, but don't worry too much about the "super comfortable" thing. The main thing is to get a good grounding rather than learning everything there is to know about it.
Are Css3 and Html5 just upgrades to css and html or are they completely different languages?
They're progressions along the same path. I wouldn't worry too much about them for now. Again, it's a matter of learning the basics first. Come back to them when you are ready.
Do you guys have any suggestive reading ... ?
Yes, I have lots of it, but I won't mention it here in case there are children present. (Sorry, I couldn't resist that.)
samanime — 2012-03-07T12:12:32-05:00 — #13