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I started learning HTML a few weeks ago but I'm confused on what is a good language to start with for web development. I would like to develop web applications and websites somewhat like Twitter. What's a good programming language to start with? Something very easy for beginners like myself. I've been doing Google searches but everyone is saying different things so I don't know what to do. Also, what is a good application for the recommended language? Dreamweaver?

asked Jan 14 '11 at 23:59

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edited Jan 15 '11 at 00:13

Yeah, I would start with DreamWeaver, it gives you a good graphical interface so that you can create your HTML website and embed PHP into it.

(Jan 15 '11 at 00:15) Hugo Hugo's gravatar image

That introduction to PHP that you linked me to says I should have a basic understanding of HTML/XHTML. Since I've made a few basic sites in HTML should I be fine?

(Jan 15 '11 at 00:19) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image
(Jan 15 '11 at 00:24) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

You should be fine, Tom. You only need to know the basics, for instance how to make a table to show your data from a mysql database, it's all about layout making when it comes to HTML.

(Jan 15 '11 at 00:58) Hugo Hugo's gravatar image

Okay, Thanks!

(Jan 15 '11 at 01:15) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image

You should probably start dabbling in a little bit of PHP, just learn the ropes and then move onto using a PHP framework, like CakePHP.

Start with the basics.

answered Jan 15 '11 at 00:05

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I think that it's amazing what can be done with CSS and JavaScript. If you want to get even more advanced, PHP is the way to go.

answered Jan 15 '11 at 00:30

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edited Jan 15 '11 at 00:30

Thanks. I think PHP is the way I'm going to go

(Jan 15 '11 at 00:31) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image

Well try learning JQuery you can do everything in JQuery than you can in JavaScript, plus their motto is "Do more, Less code" which is self explanatory, and also try learning PHP as well.

If you're not familiar with HTML, and CSS I'd suggest learning thoughs first before getting into PHP, Ajax, JQuery, etc: As HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is BASIC as hell, and CSS (Cascating Style Sheets) is mainly for positioning, and rollovers, but you can make a nice menubar with it too, but you gotta understand HTML before you can make a menubar like Kompozer, because it's easier to remember, and it'll keep your mind sharp, plus you won't be filling your HD with another program.

answered Jan 15 '11 at 18:23

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edited Jan 15 '11 at 18:27

PHP is popular with the beginners, but when you're ready to make some money on it, you'll want to pick up ASP.NET or Java.

answered Jan 16 '11 at 06:58

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