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    Question Which to learn first: Javascript or PHP?

    Hi, everybody!

    I just learn a bit of HTML and CSS3, I already know something about Wordpress and I'm already building websites and editing wordpress themes with that knowledge. But the thing is that I want to give another step forward and I've read that the possible next steps could be PHP/MySQL or Javascript.

    When I was a teen, I read some books about programming so I'm familiar with how programming works. I don't think I need an "introduction to programming".

    My actual objective is to work as a Web Designer with the future possibility to add services as a Web Developer.

    I just had a few clients and what I'm doing for them is to install Wordpress and tweak the theme with HTML and CSS to make it look as I want.


    All that said, I don't know what to do:

    Would it be more convenient to first learn Javascript to improve the visuals and the User Experience of my websites?


    Should I first learn PHP/MySQL to have more control over Wordpress or to develop my own database/dynamic solutions combined with my already existent HTML/CSS knowledge?

    Thanks in advance!!!

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    why not learning both? even with a relatively small amount of knowledge you can start using them.

    properly learning either language takes years and except for the syntax both languages are completely different.
    The computer is always right. The computer is always right. The computer is always right. Take it from someone who has programmed for over ten years: not once has the computational mechanism of the machine malfunctioned.
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    Thanks for your reply, Dormilich!

    I found this book today on Amazon:
    Learning Php, Mysql, and Javascript and Css: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

    Just what I wanted!

    I'll learn the basics of both at the same time.

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    Great, that's a good step you have take, learning php and javascript together will help you build powerful dynamic sites.


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