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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:25 pm 
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Below I list tutorials from W3Schools, an excellent, no-bullshit resource for learning from the bottom up how to develop a website. They cover several fields, so I've grouped together their tutorials into areas of development in the rough chronological order that I suggest learning them.

Obviously you don't have to go literally from start to end, so I've included rough difficulty ratings so you can skip over things and return to them at a later date with more knowledge in your brain. Key: Easy Reasonable Advanced

Feel free to add more and discuss in this thread... I've copied this post from a topic I made on another forum, and I guess it might be useful as an ATF sticky or something.


Basic introductory tutorials

HTML Tutorial webpage structure, and the tags and what they do
XHTML Tutorial to standardise your HTML
CSS Tutorial to style your XHTML

Making webpages more dynamic (client-side)

Javascript Tutorial to make your pages more interactive
AJAX Tutorial to grab data dynamically while browsing

Making webpages more dynamic with... PHP
You need to run a web server to work with PHP/SQL; see downloads at bottom.

W3C PHP Tutorial to write dynamic scripts

Making webpages more dynamic with... Ruby on Rails
You need Ruby installed on your system to run Ruby scripts; see downloads at bottom.

Ruby on Rails guides to help you build a web application

Databases
You need a MySQL server — or SQLite if you prefer — to work with a MySQL database; see downloads at bottom.

SQL Tutorial to use a database to manage content

Content management

XML Tutorial to store pure content in a standard format
RSS Tutorial (based on XML) to notify subscribers of updates
XSLT Tutorial to present your XML in a browser-readable format

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References

PHP.net literally the best open code reference in the entire Internet

Further reading

A ton of Flash tutorials
Another ton of Flash tutorials

A List Apart: articles on web design and standards not just about coding properly!

Design/web galleries and resources

Computerlove
CSS Zen Garden
DarkEye colour-sorted galleries

Web Developer's Handbook a massive, massive resource. Don't approach as a beginner, you'll be overwhelmed

Books

PHP 5 for Dummies
PHP & MySQL for Dummies
Mastering Regular Expressions - it's important to know how to use regex properly if you're doing complex stuff in processing, but consider this super-advanced!

Downloads

PHP server for Windows [WAMP]
PHP server for Windows and other platforms [XAMPP]
MySQL server (standalone)
Ruby and Ruby on Rails

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Last edited by Fizheuer Zieheuer on Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:43 pm 
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Sweet post. Bookmarked.

I'll add, just like in the other topic, that if anyone is using PHP and wants a great flexible framework to get fast results with a tidy MVC architecture: Codeigniter is for you. There's a ton of additional libraries that let you do just about anything in a flash. Stuff like Tank Auth is handly to implement a solid authorisation system on your site in 5 minutes, while this bastard has a bunch of social networking libraries that will add Facebook, Vimeo, Filkr, Twitter and lastFM integration to your site in a couple of lines of easy code.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:53 pm 
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More props for CodeIgniter from this camp... I use it for most of my PHP work. I'll add a Frameworks section in the OP shortly.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:28 pm 
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Bracing for jQuery love...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:09 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:04 pm 
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blackoutHERO wrote:
What is the next code to learn after HTML/CSS?


I guess you want a simple answer: Javascript if you want to improve your interface design, PHP if you want to start working with data.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:54 pm 
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Any reason to use WAMP over XAMPP on Windows? Or is it just a preference thing?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:22 pm 
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I can't vouch for XAMPP on Windows as I never used it on that platform, but I've edited the OP for accuracy.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:16 pm 
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I used XAMPP for a project two years ago, served it's purpose well, can't say I had any problems with it.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:29 pm 
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Well then :lol: I personally run a hacked-together development server on my main computer, I'd consider using a Linux box if I could be arsed and really had the space.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:59 pm 
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Great set of links. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:34 am 
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http://www.dynamicdrive.com/

Full of great bits of code for all kinds of things. I used it for a nice pop-out side menu.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:30 pm 
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Q: What kind of gooseberry fool can you do with CSS these days? I'm still using tables to layout my iPhone guides in a WebView (it works :shifty: :oops: ), but I get the feeling that using CSS (and perhaps getting to grips with XML) would be 'advantageous' to my business.

So just how funky is CSS?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:27 pm 
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Handy links, getting into web design now myself. cheers.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:59 pm 
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Andrew Mills wrote:
Q: What kind of gooseberry fool can you do with CSS these days? I'm still using tables to layout my iPhone guides in a WebView (it works :shifty: :oops: ), but I get the feeling that using CSS (and perhaps getting to grips with XML) would be 'advantageous' to my business.

So just how funky is CSS?


Going from tables to CSS is like listening to Kula Shaker for a while, but then wising up and putting on James strawberry floating Brown instead.

Tables are fine for tabular data (always have been) but should never be used for layout as they're semantically totally inappropriate and generate huge amounts of unnecessary markup fairly quickly. Learning to use CSS well is not just about figuring out how to style things, you should appreciate how it relates to clean markup too. Avoiding div soup is a nice short article that explains the idea.

Less code = less load. Might make your apps run faster too. Whoo

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:15 pm 
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I've started learning web design recently, so this thread is very useful to me.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:45 am 
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Some great links there, thanks!

I'm currently looking to develop my SQL knowledge so will defintely get use out of those. Are there any similar (free) sites out there for developing SAS knowledge?

Going for a job that requires some knowledge and understanding around both of these so I'd like to prepare myself as best I can.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:45 pm 
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Sweet post.


Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:39 pm 
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My host (that you suggested KP) are shutting down, now I have to find a new host and fast. Such a strawberry floating headache, no idea what to do now, especially with my domains.


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