Sunday, June 23, 2013

You too can learn to make web pages

There are some really great resources for learning web development these days, and some of the best are freely available.

In a nutshell there are three basic things to learn:
  1. HTML for your basic page structure
  2. CSS for making the page look good
  3. JavaScript to bring that page to life

How you go about learning these depends a little bit on your past experience, and also on how you like to learn.  You can always get a book (and there are many), but I think it's better to learn a little, try a little, lather, rinse, repeat.  More of the usual course style of learning.  But do you like video instruction, or do you prefer to read it?

Video for HTML/CSS

People all over have been raving about this series on Tuts+ that goes through both HTML and CSS:

I also looked over the course index myself, and I think it looks great.

Interactive for HTML/CSS

Another way to learn is the online interactive format used by Codecademy.  If you think you might like that style better, try their excellent web track here:

Video for JavaScript

I've read mixed reviews on the JavaScript videos on Tuts+, but have heard good things about Treehouse (  It's a paid service, but you get 2 months free and it's not terribly expensive after that ($25/mo).

Another option is YouTube - this fellow has a really nice series of introductory tutorials that are friendly and approachable:

Interactive for JavaScript

Again the interactive format on Codecademy is really nice and you can find their JavaScript course here:

In summary ...

Find something you like, stick with it, and grit it out until the end.  If nothing here looks good, hit Google and see if you can find something that you do like!