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    Advice on courses

    I am trying to skill up in web development. I have done some html, css and javascript altho a bit rusty. Have started PHP and MySQL from a book.
    I bought Dreamweaver.

    However it is a very long learning curve and I thought of doing a 3 day course on Dreamweaver - so that I used it properly instead of as an expensive text editor.

    Thought that was a better way to go than a course on PHP or anything else.

    Has anyone else gone through this thought process?
    Has anyone gone on a Dreamweaver or other course?

    Any help / input would be much appreciated. sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by suejoh View Post
    I am trying to skill up in web development. I have done some html, css and javascript altho a bit rusty. Have started PHP and MySQL from a book.
    I bought Dreamweaver.

    However it is a very long learning curve and I thought of doing a 3 day course on Dreamweaver - so that I used it properly instead of as an expensive text editor.

    Thought that was a better way to go than a course on PHP or anything else.

    Has anyone else gone through this thought process?
    Has anyone gone on a Dreamweaver or other course?

    Any help / input would be much appreciated. sue
    sue,

    i'm no expert in dreamweaver but i've been using it for approx 4 mos. i know a lot about it and i can do some pretty neat things with it, but it's nowhere near advanced. someone at godaddy told me once that the average learn curve on DW is about 2 years. i believe it too! at any rate though, i do have expertise in other languages, but not PHP and JS. i had to learn them though to work with websites. if you want my advice, and this is just my opinion, forget classes. out of all the languages that i've worked with, dealt with, unspeghetti'ed, and structured according to need, i have never bought one book with the intent of using it to learn the language. from my experience, i woud have to say that working with business people is totally opposite than learning how to do something "right". a book will teach you that if that's the route you want to go. if you want to make money though, i'd forget the books....and the classes too.

    like i said though, IMHO....use your programming instinct and your intelligence to figure it out, not the classes. you can save your cash that way too....spend it on something else.

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    Thanks Adam. I have been in 2 minds about it as it is quite a bit of money but there are lots of other things. I am learning PHP, MySQL and there is only so much you can learn. I thought this was an easy way to pick up Dreamweaver skills and then it would help me produce web sites more quickly and to practise the PHP etc within the sites.

    I have some cash as made redundant after 13 years and in some way (i think!) it will help to stop me thinking about my old job and life and say - NO now you are someone else doing something different now.
    You are learning accountancy - you did not think you would go out and just learn it as you went along? Although I do agree that programming skills you can pick up as you go so I will do the PHP that way. And save some money ! :-)

    Maybe it will be a mistake - I will let you know if I do it and if it was a good thing or not.
    Thanks again for your comments - Sue

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    You will atleast take 6 months to become a PHP expert, then you can start working as a freelance programmer at website like getafreelnacer.com ,etc .


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