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Hey Guys,I just want to start off by saying hello to everyone. I had a few programming classes a few years ago so needless to say I'm not the best programmer at all. I've been through the xhtml tutorial and will be going through the java tutorial as well to make my flat site a little more dynamic :) I hope that I can come somewhat up to speed so I don't ask too many stupid questions. Thanks in advance for dealing with me if I do. I will be self-taught so go easy.Any pointers/tips what to really study up on and what is most useful/beneficial to know?Thanks,Ryan

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I would try and learn CSS and then consider going to either Javascript or PHP/SQL, and then read about AJAX. Java may a bit much right out the gates.

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I'm guessing that when you wrote Java you really meant JavaScript. So my first pointer is to know they are not the same and that no one ever writes Java as an abbreviation for JavaScript. :)Pointer 2. Be 100% standards compliant. Don't even think about using a transitional doctype as an excuse for writing sloppy or old-fashioned (1990's-style) code. Use a strict doctype: http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.htmlValidate your markup: http://validator.w3.org/Pointer 3. Run away from any person, site, or book that suggests using tables as a layout vehicle. Learn CSS. float, clear, width, height, margin, and padding do most of the heavy lifting. I have yet to see a tutorial that puts enough emphasis on float. It's absolutely crucial to clean, modern designs.

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I'm guessing that when you wrote Java you really meant JavaScript. So my first pointer is to know they are not the same and that no one ever writes Java as an abbreviation for JavaScript. :)Pointer 2. Be 100% standards compliant. Don't even think about using a transitional doctype as an excuse for writing sloppy or old-fashioned (1990's-style) code. Use a strict doctype: http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.htmlValidate your markup: http://validator.w3.org/Pointer 3. Run away from any person, site, or book that suggests using tables as a layout vehicle. Learn CSS. float, clear, width, height, margin, and padding do most of the heavy lifting. I have yet to see a tutorial that puts enough emphasis on float. It's absolutely crucial to clean, modern designs.
plus what he said. Numbers 2 and 3 are tres important!
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Also, if you were really learning Java in order to make web applets, note that hardly anyone uses it for this fashion any more, and you are much better off learning Flash.

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