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#1 Will0wz


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Posted 20 September 2010 - 12:30 PM


Its been a while since ive been here I used to enjoy doing a lot of website and graphic design a few years back but kinda had to focus on education etc and let it slip as it was only a hobby although I did make some money from it. Anyways.. I used to know HTML/CSS and some PHP and I know my way around fireworks/photoshop/dreamweaver so I got the basics I believe, although I feel I want to re-learn the whole dynamics of website design and solidify my knowledge of it completely as I want to try get back into it seriously and maybe start up a small home run website+graphic design business freelance.

Basically what I am asking is for some advice on where to learn, Im ready to self teach and I know there are many tutorials on this site but I want to know the in-depth tuts and sites you can trust for complete training and no shortcuts to learning. This will be something I want to re-study and learn for a while and completely master it.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 01:36 PM

Its safe to say this forum is dead. peace

#3 mistergee


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Posted 23 September 2010 - 02:39 AM

I too have dabbled in Dreamweaver web design and the accompanying Photoshop. When I first started a few years ago there was only DW8 and no quality instruction available, but things have moved on and we are up to DWCS5, which is only a small improvement to my favourite CS4 that I still use.
Now, I will tell you how I got my training. Not having very much money I downloaded all my aps and tutoring videos from Vuze. You can still get a lot of aps from them including Flash, and I once had the whole CS4suite, worth about $4000; all for zip.
They still have stuff online but an outfit called BJtorrent has decided to charge for what used to be P2P, even though they get it free. However if there is something I cant get I go to other torrent outfits like Isohunt or the pirate bay, kissass torrents etc.
I live in Asia and everything here is Mickey Mouse but with little quality. It's best to download the freebies or download the month trieouts and tinkle with your host file so youve got it for ever. Good Luck.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 08:52 AM

Honestly, I would say the best way to learn is to actually work on some projects you want to do that you know you can't already do without having to look up specific functions. So in other words, build something online that you know you can't do without research and looking up how to do it. It's the best way to solf-learn anything to be honest. Aside from that, you might want to look in to night courses for formal training. I'm actually thinking about doing that myself for web programming.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:59 PM

I'll typically browse random tech and programming blogs, there are some very interesting ones out there. ;)

Also I browse some tutorial sites and will randomly find an interesting thing to keep my interest, and then there's links off of that site... I end up having a truck-load of tabs open of articles I just read and read and read...

And then of course play with code. When I was learning C++, I downloaded the source code for Doom, and learned some interesting stuff in there (as well as some funny commentary by the developers). So find an interesting open-source project, and have at it!

For web development, it is essential to have (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, a grasp of XML and SQL, and your flavor of a dynamic scripting language such as PHP, ASP, or Perl, which are the more common ones I can think of. Also with all of that comes eventual dabbing with stuff like AJAX... also it is good to learn about servers and how to maintain them (atleast in terms of what you have access to on a hosted site), and most of all security in everything; from the browser to the server, and everything in between.

Edit: Oh, sorry to resurrect this thread, I didn't notice the date on the posts somehow...

Edited by Demonslay, 21 April 2011 - 10:04 PM.

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