Video Learning for Microsoft Web Development

Watching videos is a great way for to learn new web development techniques. There is something about videos that I enjoy more than reading articles. Articles have their place, but if I am trying to digest large amounts of information on a topic, for me, videos are the way to go. I thought it might be helpful to list some of the sites that I have frequented in the past that contain helpful instructional videos for Microsoft web development. Continue reading

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SQL: The Language of Data

If you want to build websites in today’s environment, you have to know how to interact with a database. Databases are used for much more than simply storing financial or numeric information. Take this blog for instance. Not only is each blog post that I create stored in a database, but even the page names and their attributes are stored there as well. Databases serve a wide range of functions. Yes, they do store large amounts of numeric data, but they do so much more. All of your usernames and passwords are stored in databases. All of your Facebook posts and information, such as your likes, comments and FarmVille scores are stored in a database as well. For you to progress in your web development abilities, you must learn how to interact with a database. Continue reading

Scripting Languages: The Power Behind the Design

If your purpose is to simply display static information on your web page, HTML and CSS are all you need. But if you really want to unleash the power of your site, you must learn a server side scripting language.

What is a server side scripting language? It is a computer programming language that runs behind the scenes. It does things such as allow you to dynamically change the content of your page based upon the user. It also allows you to interact with a database, which is a necessity for most modern websites . The question we need to answer is which scripting language to begin learning? Continue reading

Learn Web Development

Ready to learn web development? These posts are designed to walk you through the process. They are not designed to provide you with technical information. The purpose of these posts is to guide you through the process of learning. They answer questions such as: What should I learn first? Where are the best resources located? How do I keep up my learning motivation? In these posts, I share with you what I did to learn web development and change career paths in the process.

Tag, your it! – Begin learning the basics of HTML and CSS

Motivation: How do I get it?

Motivation Part 2: Be more specific

Decision Time: Choosing Your Web Development Path

Scripting Languages: The Power Behind the Design

SQL: The Language of Data

Decision Time: Choosing Your Web Development Path

One of the decisions I had to make after learning some of the basics of web development was which career path I should choose. That might seem like an odd question, but there are different flavors of web creators. As I progressed in my skills, I began researching different topics for advanced web development. My appetite for knowledge was insatiable. I would read everything I could get my hands on. I quickly realized, though, that the amount technologies being used for website creation was far greater than my capacity to retain what I was reading. I needed to make some choices as to my career goals. In this post, I want to give you what I see as a couple of different career paths you might want to consider as you progress in your skills. Continue reading

Motivation Part 2: Be more specific

In part one of my discussion on motivation, I mentioned that the motivating factor that pushed me to continue learning HTML and CSS was success. Taking what I had just read and being able to immediately reproduce it in my web design pushed me to learn more and more. I would argue, though, that this success on its own would not have been sufficient. The success I found had to fit within my larger goal. Continue reading