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    Hi everyone!
    I'm new here, but expect to come back soon enough with real insight and input. In the meantime, I'm working on a tech report (whoever said going back to college would be easy needs to be shot on sight) and could use your help.

    I've developed a questionnaire for web designers/developers and would love your input. It will be used for a feasibility report that will analyze and recommend a core set of web languages for training and hiring employees of, say, a small webdesign company. I am willing to forward to anyone the completed report if requested and am also willing to provide copies of other assignments that have been part of this report. After all, I look at unsolicited surveys like this with quite a bit of skepticism and usually want some background.

    If you frequent other webdesign forums, please excuse the likelihood of verbatim cross posting, as I am desperately in need of responses (I need quantifiable results within two weeks, yikes!) and don't much have the time to rewrite an introduction six times.

    If you have additional input beyond what I'm asking in the survey, please feel free to give your opinions. Thanks in advance for your time and help.

    ~Ang


    1.What web languages do you currently code in?

    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? If so, what? Why?

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why?

    9.How long have you been doing web design or development?

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones?

    Again, thank you for taking the time to look at and hopefully answer this survey. It will be highly useful for my tech report.

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    1. Web Languages? The certain - XHTML, CSS, and dashes of JS. For server-side, I use PHP.

    2. I prefer PHP, although I have used some others in the past. I took PHP for its large community and plentiful amounts of books. Oh, and also because it's similar to JS, which I learned earlier.

    3.1. HTML - (a) Less than one week. With the dedication, of course.
    3.2. PHP - (b) 1-2 weeks. But this is providing I have some knowledge beforehand.
    3.3. CSS - (a) Less than one week. Not including memorizing the stuff, though.
    3.4. Javascript - (c) 2-4 weeks. Browser differences and DOM stuff take time.
    3.5. Java - (c) 2-4 weeks. I'm not too used to it now, either.
    3.6. ASP - (c) 2-4 weeks. I'm still learning to maximize its use, though.
    3.7. XML - (a) Less than 1 week. Fairly straightforward.
    3.8. Flash - (c) 2-4 weeks. Less just to use it, but that long to actually get something useful.

    4. Absolutely (IE < 7). It has a crappy Box Model and in general poor CSS support. That's really the main problem with it. Responsible for 99% of all hacks I make.

    5. Nope, instead it helps me a lot. I use the web developer toolbar and the Firebug plugin to maximize and optimize my work. I've never had to hack a page to support Firefox so far.

    6. Not that I know of. Sometimes I go to extensive lengths to support screen readers, but I don't count those as "hindering".

    7. All of the time. These things are important for me, as I like elegant solutions. Of course, sometimes I'm forced to release myself from the jaws of this trap, but when possible I stick to it.

    8. PHP, because my clients like a lot of features in their sites. Like it or not, I have to use it a lot (although I generally enjoy it anyway).

    9. About two years as a professional freelancer, plus 2 more while experimenting.

    10. Nope, I'm 16. Nothing I can do about this, I guess.
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    1.What web languages do you currently code in? css, xhtml, actionscript

    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? css is my favourite, because its simple

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    a

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    b

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    a

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    b

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    a

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    d

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. no

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. no

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. no

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely

    a

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why? css, because it neccesary for everything (including flash)

    9.How long have you been doing web design or development? 1 1/2 years

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones? none

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    1.What web languages do you currently code in?
    PHP, Perl, C++

    EDIT:
    I don't think HTML, XHTML, CSS are web languages.
    Seeing answers from other people, I'm guessing you are calling them languages?
    I guess they are "markup languages" ... not programming languages.
    Perhaps the question is not worded properly?


    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? If so, what? Why?
    PHP, because of the good online support and documentation
    when it pertains to MySQL. Many applications to choose from.

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    b

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    d

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    c

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    c

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    d

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    d

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    c

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks
    d

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    Hinders ... does not follow the rules that it should.

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    The only complaint is it would be nice if viewing HTML source was editable
    directly from "viewing HTML source".

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely
    b

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why?
    Same question as #2?
    PHP, because of the good online support and documentation
    when it pertains to MySQL. Many applications to choose from.


    9.How long have you been doing web design or development?
    5 years

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones?
    none


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    1.What web languages do you currently code in? PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript

    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? If so, what? Why? PHP over ASP, because in ASP you have to type so much more out, plus it seems like php has more custom functions and better support. ANYTHING over Coldfusion because I don't like its syntax, and how you can't do much custom stuff, and it's slow and clunky.

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    IE6, yes... There are some things I'd like to take advantage of in CSS that I can't in IE6. But a lot of times I can just use a hack around it. But it will be nice when no one uses IE6 anymore and we can use all the cool CSS stuff we've been wanting to!

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    No.

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    No.

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why?
    See #2.

    9.How long have you been doing web design or development?
    5 yrs.

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones?
    Bachelors in CS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    The only complaint is it would be nice if viewing HTML source was editable
    directly from "viewing HTML source".
    Rare are the time I use View Source anymore. I use the Firebug extension all the time now. It's an editable view source

    Now ... on with the questionnaire:


    1.What web languages do you currently code in?
    Like mlseim said, this need clarification. What is a web language!? HTML/XHTML are markup languages. PHP, .NET, Perl, etc... are server-side languages. So ... in general I will answer: HTML, XHTML, CSS and PHP

    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? If so, what? Why?
    No. They each have their place in the structure of a site.

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    Yes ... who doesn't. It doesn't respect anything the W3 model has to offer. Things like min-height and min-width, the table model, the :hover and all the other usefull pseudo-elements and pseudo-classes we could be using. Just have a look at Molly Holzschlag's blog post on Name Your Best IE7 Bug Resources to give you an idea of the crap we (designers/programmers) have to go through to get a site up!

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    No!

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain.
    No!

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why?
    No ... I use all of them stated above

    9.How long have you been doing web design or development?
    9 years

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones?
    I have a technical college degree in Computer Programming ... but that was 7 years ago ... quite alot has changed from then
    [a web design portfolio - Currently NOT AVAILABLE for work | web design | Re-coding | PSD-to-HTML]
    I'm also on: virb - facebook - twitter - flickr - del.icio.us

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    1.What web languages do you currently code in? HTML, CSS, PHP, struggling with RoR

    2.Do you prefer any web languages to others? If so, what? Why? not really

    3.Please rate the learning curve of the following web languages; leave blank if you have not used the language. If you are currently learning the language, please note how long you expect it to take you to learn the language. If there are languages that have been omitted and you have input regarding the learning curve, please add it at the end of the question.

    1.HTML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    2.PHP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    3.CSS
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.JavaScript
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    5.Java
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    6.ASP
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    7.XML
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    8.Flash
    (a)less than 1 week
    (b)1 to 2 weeks
    (c)2 to 4 weeks
    (d)more than 4 weeks

    4.Do you feel that Internet Explorer hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. YES, IE renders proper CSS horribly.

    5.Do you feel that Firefox hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. No.

    6.Do you feel that any other browser hinders your designing effectiveness in any way? Explain. No.

    7.How often do you adhere strictly to W3C standards?
    (a)All the time
    (b)most of the time
    (c)about half the time
    (d)occasionally
    (e)rarely

    8.Is there one web language you use more than others (whether or not you prefer it)? Which one, and why? No.

    9.How long have you been doing web design or development? 2 years

    10.Do you have any certifications? If so, which ones? Nope.
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    Quick slip-in note: I'm assuming that "web language" means any language usable on the web. This would include any scripting/programming/markup language. And perhaps he's checking if someone here hasn't adopted XHTML or CSS.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    1.What web languages do you currently code in?
    PHP, Perl, C++

    I don't think HTML, XHTML, CSS are web languages.
    Seeing answers from other people, I'm guessing you are calling them languages?
    I guess they are "markup languages" ... not programming languages.
    Perhaps the question is not worded properly?
    HTML and XHTML are languages.

    Hyper
    Text
    Markup
    Language

    They're certainly not advanced programming languages, but languages nonetheless.
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    Realistically, whether it's a markup language or a server-side language, it is still a language. What do you code with? I made it general on purpose to get a wide variety of responses. (and I'm a girl geek, thanks)

    I will accept responses for use in the report until the end of the day Sunday, May 13. At that point, I will go through everything and create a set of results. I will post them here if anyone wishes. Thanks for the responses, between this and other forums I have more data than I expected to have. It's very useful.

    ~SC


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