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Thread: Some books?

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    Hey ok I wanna start designing websites.

    I know some HTML but I wanna know what else I should learn.

    I read that I should learn HTML, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. Is that true? I know how to make easy websites using Macromedia Dreamweaver.

    What books should I get to learn??? Do I even need books?

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    Senior Member Steax's Avatar
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    Very true to those, but:
    1. Do HTML/XHTML first. They're just about the same, just some different syntaxes. XHTML is variant of HTML.
    2. Then do CSS, to style. Only after you get these two in grip, you can start designing sites.
    3. Javascript can go now, but don't go too deep in it yet. It's not necessary to learn all sorts of complex stuff like AJAX right away.
    4. Learn PHP/ASP/RoR/other server-side language you want to learn to finish. This is for creating dynamic sites in ways you can't do with the rest.

    I know how to make easy websites using Macromedia Dreamweaver.
    Perhaps, but it's never easy to make a good site with anything. DW will barely be useful for you once you start moving on from HTML/CSS, so always learn to code by hand. DW also rarely produces effective code that we should make... there's an entire topic on it.

    Good luck!
    Note on code: If I give code, please note that it is simply sample code to demonstrate an effect. It is not meant to be used as-is; that is the programmer's job. I am not responsible to give you support or be held liable for anything that happens when using my code.

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    Go look at my stickied thread = Resources for learning how to use CSS for layout - there's a "Books" section in there ... grab 'em
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    www.w3schools.com
    Be sure to check it out, has great tutorials on html and css i havnt checked out there other tutorials (php, asp) but sure they will be just as good.
    Kye
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    This is tough, I learned back in the 90's with everyone else as we went along. I like the Visual Quickstart Guides from Peachpitpress (I think, i might be wrong), theyre pretty decent.
    http://christopher-scott.org - Ramblings of an amateur web designer
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