Note: A guest article by Anees. More details about him after the post.
I don’t know if any of you considered going to a school to learn web development. None of the web developers I know (that includes me too) learned it from a teacher. We learned it ourselves.
With a plethora of resources available both online and offline (web sites and books that offer tutorials on web technologies), you can be your own teacher.
Below are 10 terrific resources you can utilize to learn Web development yourself.
For client-side technologies, they offer a ‘Try it yourself’ editor so that you can modify the code of a particular example and see the result right there, in your browser. Give it a try here. The site sports a minimal design that is easy to look at.
Via their optional online certification program, you can get certified for a fee of $95 (per course).
Tutorials point offers more than just web development and a lot more than what w3schools does. The courses include, Java, Python, Ruby, C and Perl.
They too have an online editor, similar to W3Schools’ ‘Try It Yourself’ editor where you can Edit HTML, CSS or Java Script Code in left box and click Preview button to see the results on right panel.
Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends. From Codecademy’s About page: “Codecademy was created out of the frustrations Zach and Ryan felt with learning how to program. Tired with less effective text and video resources, Ryan and Zach teamed up to create Codecademy, a better, more interactive way to learn programming by actually coding.”
I recommend signing up for an account, though you can take the course without one, so that you can keep the score and badges you earn and save your progress.
The list of courses offered can be found here.
About.com, owned by the New York Times Company, teaches you everything, from cooking to Buddhism. According to the site, they cover more than 88,000 topics and add more than 1,600 pieces of new content each week.
You can learn web design from About’s guide Jennifer Kyrnin here. Subscribing to her newsletter and the daily CSS tip is highly recommended.
With DevelopPHP, you can learn various web design and development courses online for free. You can get our hands on textbook style courses covering popular web development technologies, high quality video tutorials on web application programming logic, elite vector art training, 3D graphics, and web animation training. More over, you’ll get steady supply of educational material as technologies evolve.
Dive into Accessibility will help you to develop a more accessible web site in 30 days. From the book: “…it will answer two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.”
The soft copy is available for free here.
If that isn’t enough, Mashable has compiled a list of 10 essential free E-Books (available in PDFs / HTML) for web designers that covers almost every aspect of design, from planning your business and managing your time, to designing web applications. Read it here.
If you are serious about web designing, consider buying the books below, so that you can learn offline. They can also save you from getting bored while on the toilet.
Responsive Web Design details the principles behind responsive web design. It explains well how to create sites that react to the user’s needs, beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs for mobile browsers / netbooks / tablets. Published by ‘A Book Apart’. A book you should keep.
* Title image credit: stock photo.
If you’re a web developer, you’re frequently in the hunt for ways to develop your expertise, enhance your tech tank, and continue on top of the hottest courses in web development and design. Whether you like to learn a new coding language, keep updated about new stuffs, refresh on best methods, or purely be encouraged by superb illustrations from your friends, hope I’ve gathered enough terrific resources to help you get started and keep going.
Do you know an awesome resource that I missed? Is there anything you would like to add? Let me know in the comments.
Author name: Anees
About: Anees is a Computer Science & Engineering student, blogger and a web developer from Kerala, India. He is blogging about web development and social media on Tech Lessons. You can get in contact with him on Twitter or Facebook.
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