Hi guys I was wondering if anyone here were versed in HTML or Java programming and I guess in general what the best course of action is if I want to learn how to program webpages. My friend has started up a website (http://www.CampusGossip.com) and he is currently paying some company that provides the service of maintaining websites but I was considering becoming educated in website programming so that perhaps I could fulfill this position myself. In general it seems like a better idea than what he has going on because I don't feel the programmers he's employing right now really have a stake in seeing that the website does well.
So how do I go about becoming knowledgeable in programming or designing websites?
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If you want to learn "proper" programming, start with a language like c . After learning it, php will seem like cake. It will introduce you to OOP (object-oriented programming) the proper way.
Look at tutorial sites (pixel2life.com), forums (do a google search for programming forums), etc. Another thing that really helps is to look at other peoples source code and learn from it. Find out what does what.
Design is a whole other aspect. Once again, look at tutorials.
Most importantly, practice, practice and practice some more. I would also suggest getting some books. It's always nice to have a on hand reference.
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C is quite possibly the worst language you can learn with. There's so many nuances and little things that will compile but shouldn't. Start with Java because it will tell you everything you're doing wrong and is great for OOP. Move to C++ when you understand what you're trying to do and just need to learnt how to express it in a differemt language.If you want to learn "proper" programming, start with a language like c . After learning it, php will seem like cake. It will introduce you to OOP (object-oriented programming) the proper way.
Whichever language you choose to start with, I would highly suggest picking up an introductory book. Not a "in a nutshell" book, something that is several hundred pages with examples.
I would also suggest you don't try to learn server side web programming first (ie PHP, ASP, JSP, etc). It is a variation on traditional programming and once you understand traditional programming it will be much easier to pick up. HTML and CSS are not programming languages and are very easy to get the hang of, so go ahead and learn those while you're picking up another language.
Yes, practice is key. www.topcoder.com has an amazing repository of probelms, ranging from very simple to very difficult.Most importantly, practice, practice and practice some more. I would also suggest getting some books. It's always nice to have a on hand reference.
I agree with red, if you haven't ever "coded" anything then start with HTML to get the feel. It's not hard and pretty much anyone with a handbook and a highschool comprehension level should be able to master it no sweats. Then move on into whatever else.
go for PHP (or whatever you end up chosing) only after you really got your feet wet with HTML
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