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    Programming Classes

    Hey. I'm interested in taking a class in some type of computer programing. I'd like to get certified in order to get a job. After doing some research, it seems like learning HTML5 or CSS3 would be the two more in demand languages. Java is another one that seems popular. Just looking for some suggestions on the path I should take. I'm also interested in creating phone Apps. What is the most common language used for Apps (whether is be for the iPhone or Android)?

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    HTML5 and CSS3 are the basic building blocks of websites. Though not technically programming languages, they're quite powerful and rather easy to learn; you could probably teach yourself a great deal in matter of months. Resources are plentiful, but Webmonkey and Tizag are a couple great sites to get you started. Go through the following Webmonkey tutorials in order to get a thorough grasp of these technologies:


    PHP is another popular "true" programming language used throughout the Web, though a class would be helpful for learning this. PHP.net is a handy reference once you know the basics.

    As for mobile development, Android OS uses a version of Java, while iOS apps are built in Objective-C. There are also app-building services and programs available, such as the MIT App Inventor.

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    Regarding HTML and CSS

    HTML, CSS both are not programming languages. You should learn languages like, PHP, JAVA, .NET, etc. From all of these I prefer to learn PHP because it is an open source and very easy to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulinetaylor85 View Post
    HTML, CSS both are not programming languages.
    This person is incorrect.
    HTML and CSS are both robust web design languages that are both required to make websites without a GUI. If you'd like to get started in a course that will eventually lead to certification, use http://w3schools.com/ . They have very easy to learn and well designed courses that end in a very widely recognized certification. I myself am certified in HTML from them and I would heavily suggest you use them. For a good HTML coding program, I would suggest Notepad++. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ .

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam79 View Post
    Hey. I'm interested in taking a class in some type of computer programing. I'd like to get certified in order to get a job. After doing some research, it seems like learning HTML5 or CSS3 would be the two more in demand languages. Java is another one that seems popular. Just looking for some suggestions on the path I should take. I'm also interested in creating phone Apps. What is the most common language used for Apps (whether is be for the iPhone or Android)?

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    There are two main divisions to programming. Mainframe and micros. If you wanted to learn mainframe then you should learn COBOL, PL/1, Mark IV, SAS, JCL, or Assembler and the tools like SPF. If you want to go the micro route then you might learn web development, Visual Basic Applications, Delphi, or Java.

    If it is web development you want then HTML, CSS, javascript, PHP or action script might prove helpful. As with the mainframe, there are dozens of other languages (C++, RAD, etc), these are just the ones I use.

    On either of the systems you will want to learn SQL.

    There are a thousand kids that can build a web page, but business wants more than that. Database connectivity for one. Photoshop for another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L0adOpt1c View Post
    This person is incorrect.
    No, sir, you are incorrect in saying that this person is incorrect because it is totally correct that HTML and CSS are not programming languages. And also, I would clearly not recommend to visit W3Schools and especially not to get a “certification” because W3Schools is not in any way affiliated or associated with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) despite their misleading name and a “certificate” from W3Schools is worth and means as much as a roll of toilet paper. There is even a website called W3Fools that explains why W3Schools is not recommended to be used as primary source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L0adOpt1c View Post
    This person is incorrect.
    HTML and CSS are both robust web design languages that are both required to make websites without a GUI. If you'd like to get started in a course that will eventually lead to certification, use http://w3schools.com/ . They have very easy to learn and well designed courses that end in a very widely recognized certification. I myself am certified in HTML from them and I would heavily suggest you use them. For a good HTML coding program, I would suggest Notepad++. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ .

    Hope this helps.
    HTML and CSS are far from programming languages. They dont program anything, they just describe to the browser how to display text images and other elements.

    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan View Post
    No, sir, you are incorrect in saying that this person is incorrect because it is totally correct that HTML and CSS are not programming languages. And also, I would clearly not recommend to visit W3Schools and especially not to get a “certification” because W3Schools is not in any way affiliated or associated with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) despite their misleading name and a “certificate” from W3Schools is worth and means as much as a roll of toilet paper. There is even a website called W3Fools that explains why W3Schools is not recommended to be used as primary source.
    and +1 to what vipsteph said about w3schools.

    and to the OP, Iphone is written with Objective C and for the android its Java (at least thats what the people i know use). Apps are a great way to go, I say go for it. As far as getting a certificate, you'll do well if you go to a community college and do a Computer Science Certificate or a Web Development Certificate which will give you the core essentials in what you need to know. You'll do even better if you can get a degree of some sort. After all, if you earn a certificate from a community college your more than already half way to an AS if not a transfer to a four-year (but throw in a few preqs too.)

    Also, and you might have heard this before, before diving into any one language, understand what the basics of programming is. Know what classes, methods, functions, objects are and how they can be used. If you understand these basics first you'll do well.

    And not to make this post longer, but if you do learn HTML and CSS, learn Javascript and PHP as well. I feel like those are the basics.

    Anyways Good luck and if you looking for a good career, your looking in the right direction assuming you love technology.

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    good talk

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    Quote Originally Posted by L0adOpt1c View Post
    This person is incorrect.
    HTML and CSS are both robust web design languages that are both required to make websites without a GUI. If you'd like to get started in a course that will eventually lead to certification, use http://w3schools.com/ . They have very easy to learn and well designed courses that end in a very widely recognized certification. I myself am certified in HTML from them and I would heavily suggest you use them. For a good HTML coding program, I would suggest Notepad++. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ .

    Hope this helps.
    Im thinking of getting certified in HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript from them. i want to get those three down because I feel they are the most widely used and most useful languages, and then focus on CSS and hopefully work for a great company one day. Anyone got any cool projects they can show?

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    HTML5 & CSS are design languages as opposed to true programming.

    What you might want to do is first consider what you want to be doing then find out the programming languages which enable that. For example, if you want to develop websites it would be good to know HTML5, CSS, PHP & MySQL. The latter two being more on the programming side of things.

    If you want to make programs & apps, Java is probably the way to go.

    One important thing to possibly also consider is keeping an eye on what's available in the job market in the region where you plan to be. Dice.com would be useful for this. Search in your area & however many miles out you would travel. Then see what comes up for java, php, html5, etc. You definitely wouldn't want to be certified in a language with low demand in your local job market.


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