So I'v been doing graphic design, mostly photoshop for about 8 years or so and general illustration since I can remember. Towards the end of high school I learned how to use Dreamweaver (barely) and a friend and I started making websites for local businesses. They were pretty much just a bunch of photoshop slices put together with some rollover images and a contact form thrown on a server. I mean, hey they worked and they looked okay. They were static sites so there was a lot less fuss, just the basics: a few pages (home, about, services, contact etc.) with text and maybe a flash slideshow Id put together as a banner here or there.
I just graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in Environmental Science but with all the green talk and all the statistics I kept hearing about the growth of the field in general (Photovoltaics, sustainability blah blah blah) the job market SUCKS. Like really ****ing sucks. So iv been considering going back to what I know and love most, computers and graphic design.
So heres where the problem comes in, I want to be a real web developer not a WYSIWYG guy (which from poking around seems to be a harsh insult) and really learn code. First of all I think I should learn HTML5. I know how HTML works and everything (how colors work, tags and what not) but I have no idea how to legit use it to design a site.
But beyond that Im lost. Do I learn PHP which seems really cool since its also a programming language from what I gather and if youre coding in PHP it can read HTML and CSS mixed in right? So I looked at getting "Zend Certified", that means I have to learn Zend framework for PHP, but I wanted to use XAMPP since it does everything for you, in terms of installing what you need for a workstation.
Then I hear all this stuff about "real coders" or "real web devs" who just use code, images, and a browser. That seems insanely hard.
Right now Im using Adobe Muse (which is ****ing awesome btw, at least I think) in tandem with PS and Edge for animations.
Is there anything wrong with doing it my way, with the Adobe suite? Its just a more artist, design driven way of doing things for me.
So basically Im totally lost.....Learning any language is a task and a half so what do I shoot for? CSS, HTML, PHP, XML (dont even know what that really is yet)... god damn theres a lot
P.S. - I have learned some java stuff before so I know calling classes (program in a program kinda thing), loops, arrays, **** like that I just ****ing hate java and I really hope you dont need to know java to code and design a website