Resources for HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery

Web development is a broad term to describe the process of creating a website. Starting out in web development on your own can be daunting and frustrating, not to mention very confusing. Here are a few quick thoughts on how you can start working in web development. We’ve presented resources that will help you get started.

  1. W3Schools.com – is as simple as it gets Use it as a reference guide or as a learning tool to start learning HTML / CSS and also the very basics of Javascript and jQuery. Feel free to browse the site as it is very informative and talks about a lot of topics.
  2. Udemy.com – An exhaustive offering of online courses by well known instructors. There are many free courses as well.  Try Mark Lassoff’s free Introduction to Web Development https://www.udemy.com/introduction-to-web-development/?dtcode=jZa6Xtj1WrIE
  3. Codeschool.com – For $29 per month you can take as many courses as you’d like. Caution: Some of the levels of study can be quite challenging but very well taught. This is a great place to learn CSS, Javascript and jQuery. Course format entails video instructional lectures followed by practice lessons. Do it at your own pace.
  4. http://javascript.info/ – A comprehensive one stop shop for understanding all things about javascript syntax. After you recover from a CodeSchool javascript course you can dig deeper into javascript.info.

To practice these languages all you need is a browser and an editor. Here are some editors you can use.

  1. Sublime Text – grab it from here: http://www.sublimetext.com/2

To determine if your Windows version is 32-bit or 64-bit, do the following: for a visual guide, click the link below, otherwise you can refer to the list:

http://www.picohelp.com/958/how-to-check-if-windows-8-is-32-bit-or-64-bit-version.html

  1. On the Start screen, click the Desktop tile.
  2. Press the Win key (Windows logo key) + i
  3. Click on PCInfo
  4. View information about your computer
  5. Download the version of Sublime Text you need.  Download “windows” version if you have a 32-bit version or “windows 64-bit” if you have a 64-bit system.
  6. Notepad++ – Check here:  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

We suggest you start with HTML and CSS via W3schools and then move towards an online course. W3S has an online editor that allows you to adjust your code and see the results right there in the browser. Codeschool’s “language path” is recommended (HTML / CSS).

In our next blog post we will get more in depth with the softwares available to us and how to install and use them. For now, happy surfing !