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Topic # 15411 21-Aug-2007 16:26
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Can someone please recommend a good web design school? I have little knowledge of IT but would love to learn more on how to deisgn and maintain my own website. I just love the fact that there is unlimited potential for creativity with a website.

Many thanks.

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  Reply # 83173 21-Aug-2007 16:56
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  Reply # 83553 24-Aug-2007 09:02
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Thanks Chiefie!

Are there any courses that are more flexible for a newbie with little programming knowledge? This is more of a hobby for me.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 83558 24-Aug-2007 09:20
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Natcoll runs small/short courses from time to time. Check their short courses listing.

Also, check your local high school or community school and see if they run any night-class.




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  Reply # 83565 24-Aug-2007 09:47
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Natcolls is great for their web design course but watch out for the basic PHP and CSS , so far I'm not impress.




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  Reply # 83568 24-Aug-2007 10:17
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skykissme, which campus were/are you at? Is it web design or web development course you done?




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  Reply # 83569 24-Aug-2007 10:22
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skykissme: Natcolls is great for their web design course but watch out for the basic PHP and CSS , so far I'm not impress.


What is PHP and CSS?


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  Reply # 83571 24-Aug-2007 10:30
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Worried: What is PHP and CSS?



PHP is a server-side scripting language, which allow you do to dynamically generated content, or content from database etc. It is dynamic compare to static HTML, and usually are with some level of programming skill required.

CSS is Cascading-Style-Sheet which allow you to separate the presentation (look and feel) from HTML. It is more flexible and yield more control to the web developer in terms of creating style. So your HTML code is a lean and clean as possible, structure-wise.




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  Reply # 84240 29-Aug-2007 11:10
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IMO all you need is a good book or two, some time, and a little patience (with IE lol).

I would recommend CSS Mastery by Andy Budd. It's a really good book, with one of the best explanations of the box model I have read.

I don't know if you are using a Mac or not, but if you are I would highly recommend Coda for developing web pages.

It includes electronic versions of books on HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. So everything you need for $80 USD.

If you're not on mac, my only suggestion so far as software is concerned is to avoid WYSIWYG editors like Dreamweaver. They teach you bad habits. Notepad is the best tool for the job on Windows to get started. Seriously.



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  Reply # 84252 29-Aug-2007 12:34
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if it's more a hobby this stage, i'd start with night school.  If you find that is too easy or you want more, some of the correspondence type places might be the next place to go.

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  Reply # 84254 29-Aug-2007 12:42
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maninimepo: If you're not on mac, my only suggestion so far as software is concerned is to avoid WYSIWYG editors like Dreamweaver. They teach you bad habits. Notepad is the best tool for the job on Windows to get started. Seriously.


That's a very false statement. Dreamweaver has come a long way and now it is more standards and cleaner than ever. It's generally better to use WYSIWYG interface and switch between Design view and Code view to learn what you typed in (design) is how it should look in code.

Having said that, we use Dreamweaver at work, 95% in code view for coding, and the very little time we use in Design view for inputting huge content.




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  Reply # 84262 29-Aug-2007 13:23
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Thanks for all the comments guys. I have a PC at home, I dont have a Mac. My computers skills are very limited. Which book and program should I use if I want to learn it as a hobby at home?

My computer skills are so noobie that I dont even know what you guys are on about in these posts...LOL...eg: What is WYSIWYG interface ?

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  Reply # 84268 29-Aug-2007 13:41
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WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get.

A Dreamweaver-clone is NVU (http://www.nvu.com/) which is an open-source software.

Try W3Schools (http://www.w3schools.com/) and try their tutorial.





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Reply # 84272 29-Aug-2007 13:50
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Thanks for that Chiefie.

You are a real CHAMP!!

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