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  1. #1
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    A little brief background first---
    I'm considering a career change from the world of architecture to the world of web design. I've done a lot of graphics work before, so I've got the visual end down. I've also got a little experience w/ web site design -- I've made a couple basic HTML sites in the past and one using ImageReady back in my school days.

    So my question is---
    With so many scripting languages and what not out there, how do you decide which one to dive into?
    CSS sounds promising... I like the idea of seperating style & content (less code, faster loading pages, higher search engine rankings). Would I couple that w/ XHTML? Or should I go with HTML & JavaScript?
    Or what about a server-side script such as PHP?
    Or should I just go with a WYSIWYG editor, such as Dreamweaver? Does Dreamweaver output decent / clean code?

    Thanks for any and all help!


  3. #2
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    OK, here is a quick crash course into what each 'language' does:

    XHTML and HTML: They control content. For example, they define tables, paragraphs and headings. XHTML is a redefinition of HTML and for your purposes, the differences can be ignored for now...

    CSS: It controls style, including layout.

    Javascript: this is client-side and it allows some dynamic content. It allows you to embed little 'programs' in your pages; for example, a clock that ticks every second.

    PHP, ASP, JSP and other server-side languages: These allow more powerful dynamic content and can do a lot more. For example, they can handle sending forms to email, accessing databases, guestbooks, etc. Depending on you want to do, you may have to learn one eventually. I recommend PHP.

    WYSIWIG editors: Personally I hand-code everything. Yes it's slower and less wrist-friendly, but that's me. Others can help you more in this aspect.

    As for changing careers: are you sure you want to do this jump while not knowing a lot about web design? Presumably you know a lot more about architecture. If you want, you may want to become a web designer dealing with the artistic side of things while leaving the coding to other people.

    Whatever you choose, good luck! Web work is fun
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  4. #3
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    Thanks for the info! I'm not planning on jumping right into a career immediately... I figure it will take some time to self teach myself to a proficient level.
    Thanks again!

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