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    Looking to get jump started in web development

    I am basically looking to get jump started on my own. I am basically looking for a tutor you would say as to start learning. I have a book on php/mysql but I really have no fundamental knowledge on xhtml/xml/java/css. I am basically willing to pay someone to teach me the fundamentals and the understanding of these languages and help this get started. I have many goals w/ the website I am wanting to design/code although I know it is a VERY long road before this happens. I am a fast learning and willing to pay someone very well that has the knowledge, if anyone feels they would be up for this, please let me know here and I will contact you via e-mail. Thanks

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    I think paying for a tutor might be a bit much, given the wealth of resources freely available online, geared towards you essentially.

    The most important thing you can do is first gain an understanding of the client-server model that powers the world wide web. A client would be the user and a web browser, requesting data, while the server listens for those requests and returns data.

    Thus, server-side web development deals with processing those requests, searching for the desired data (in a database, in text files, from other online resources, etc), then returning that data in some sort of format to the client. This is where you would use PHP, ASP, CGI, etc, often coupled with databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and so on.

    Client-side development I feel breaks down more finely; one area (which is related to server-side development) is defining the structure of the data (this would be markup, like (X)HTML). Another is displaying that data by giving presentation hints and instructions to the client's web browser (through CSS). Lastly, there is manipulation of both data and presentation (mostly the latter) by Javascript. Ajax ties all three of those areas together and kind of muddies the distinction.

    So, pick your area of specialty, learn all about it, then pick another area that is close to it, and repeat.

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    i want to learn the basics of css, and be able to create a nice layout in a page, and i just cant grasp on the sites i already have that are aimed to teach it, thats why I was looking to pay someone to do it

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    any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbaits View Post
    i want to learn the basics of css, and be able to create a nice layout in a page, and i just cant grasp on the sites i already have that are aimed to teach it, thats why I was looking to pay someone to do it
    jkd is right, instead of paying somebody you can invest the money in books and what you need to help you learn. Posting problem you have as you learn on this forum will help you also. Try this way first, I'm sure that many people will help, at least I will try.

    Edit: look on the stiky threads o the specific forums, html/css, xml for resources


    best regards
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    Also, its confusing at first if you don't get into a computer/digital mindset. When I first started with web design, I thought I was almost immediately going to be able to create interactive programs like chat programs, but really I learned the fundamentals of HTML (no xhtml at the time) and no css at the time (Ok I started early at the dawn of table designs).

    Online resources are good, they help you learn how to do specific tasks and sometimes give you a good basic insight to design and development. Buy a couple books. Honestly it is good to have some of those to get away from the computer. If you are truly going to understand (and remember) everything you have to mix both practice on the computer with studying away from it. Get at least two books, and work through them both about the same pace (so you get two different explanations for things at the same time). Also, it just takes time, but good luck.
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    REALLY would like an extra hand. :}~

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbaits View Post
    REALLY would like an extra hand. :}~
    I suggest start from HTML. Go here and start simply reading through. It should take you about a week to get through and be able to code in HTML. Once you have a basic understanding of HTML move on to CSS. Those 2 you will need to know to make nice looking layout (CSS is not required but I strongly recommend to get into it).

    Once you set with those 2:
    • You can go with learning advanced client side language such as JavaScript;
    • Or go into Server Side scripting such as PHP and ASP;
    • Last but not least you can go with design aspects of web design, and learn things like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Flash with ActionScript.


    Hope this helps, and feel free to PM me for more info.

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    Headfirst HTML and CSS - brilliant book. I used it when i started and it is only about £25 from play.


    If you want, get in touch and you can add me to your msn, then ask me questions as you move through the units, and i wont even charge.

    Reaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReaperWeb View Post
    Headfirst HTML and CSS - brilliant book. I used it when i started and it is only about £25 from play.


    If you want, get in touch and you can add me to your msn, then ask me questions as you move through the units, and i wont even charge.

    Reaper
    Same here. If you need help figuring something out (X/HTML or CSS), let me know, and I'll help out with anything I can. Just drop me a PM. I don't check around here as much as I used to...

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