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07-18-2012, 07:39 AM
Hey guys whats up im new to this community and i was hoping someone could help me out :)

So pretty much here is what I am trying to learn and what my goal is
-Learn HTML
-Learn CSS

I have heard about javascript, php and other languages and i haven't really had a clear answer on what exactly they do and I was wondering what path i should go with.

And the reason I am wanting to learn all of this besides the fact that I have always had an interest in web design , I want to make a website for my xbox 360 flashing service not sure if you all know what that is but pretty much its a service which allows backups games to be players . I advertise on craigslist but I am looking to expand.

So If anyone could kind of show me and give me ideas and what exactly i need to learn to fulfill what i want and places on where I can learn them.

Thanks for all the help in advance

07-18-2012, 06:51 PM
I indeed have no idea what an Xbox 360 Flashing Service is, but to learn the basics of web design, including HTML, CSS, javascript and php, there is a very good one-stop site: http://www.w3schools.com. Some argue that it contains a few omissions and errors, but they are all minor, and in terms of completeness and didactics, they are the best in my opinion.

07-18-2012, 07:25 PM
I really gotta stand out against W3Schools.

Its true that some of their stuff is minor, but other times, its a big mistake that teaches flat out wrong, and will make your head hurt when you try to fix it. And even though plenty of people point out their mistakes, they are adamant on not fixing it, which shows their attitude to teaching: if they don't say it, it can't be true. they're not associated with W3C, and their retained popularity is mostly due to the fact that they rank high on search engines (thankfully, others are overtaking). (http://w3fools.com/)

Not to mention, their site is far from attractive IMO...

I'm a fan http://www.html.net/tutorials/html/ but I do think the best guides/tutorials are a mixture of simple books and just doing it. Sites like net.tutsplus.com offer resources once you get the basics, and the basics can be learned by googling your question (if you google "html tutorial" or "css tutorial", you'll find plenty! There are also a number of good books and videos out there (I do like Lynda's HTML tutorial, its not that expensive either) that you may want to consider.

However, the best, as I said, is just doing it. Find a site you like, right click and hit view source and see if you can understand it. If not, find a simpler one and try again. I'd avoid trying to analyze forums or blogs initially, as they're more involved/complicated, but you might wanna see what you can do with it.

Fortunately, HTML and CSS are very readable... the CSS property of 'background-color' sets... the background color!

07-23-2012, 10:28 AM
Go to codeacademy.com and you can learn for free there. Good luck!

07-24-2012, 08:23 PM
If you don't know even the basics then you should start by reading books like the dummy series and then afterwards you can refer some advanced ones from O'Reilly oe Amazon etc.