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Learning resource for beginning web developers

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If you know anyone needing to learn the fundamentals of web application development--not CFML, but things like HTML, CSS, Javascript, and so on--here's an interesting resource.

It's at: Beginner Developer Center, Tier 1

Yes, it's a MS resource: don't let that keep you away

Now, some will see this is from Microsoft and flinch, but don't let that scare you away. It's a set of introductory resources that could help any beginning web developer, and while the first 2 and last 2 of the 14 sections are MS-specific, the rest are not.

And besides the web-oriented topics above (HTML, CSS, Javascript, and more), there are also sections introducing basic programming concepts like problem solving, processing and storing data, even introducing OO (again, with no reference to C# or anything .NET), and more.

For each of the 14 topics, there is both an article-level discussion and either an audio or video version.

Yes, it's in a resource center about VWD. Don't let that scare you away, either

I'll note that beyond being "from MS", it's also indeed specifically part of a resource center for their Visual Web Developer IDE. Again, most of the content offered in this beginner resource is not really specific to that editor or to .NET.

And frankly, I wouldn't hold it against a CF developer to consider using the editor. Hey, it's free, and consider also that sometimes you may have to do some editing on a server with nothing but Notepad available. Perhaps you're not a fan of Eclipse, don't have an available license for DW/HS, and you want more than just Notepad. (Yes, I do also know about the many other available free (and some commercial) editor alternatives. I list them in my CF411 site category of Editors/IDEs.)

(And if you're ever stuck in a situation where you're unwilling or not allowed to install any new editor on your server, just last week I wrote about a tip for using Notepad if you ever find that you can't use the Goto Line feature.)

Anyway, the point is I'm not making a pitch here for VWD nor any statement against CFE. Let's not go there. :-) Indeed, to any who may want to take the chance to comment here in scorn or to deride the VWD editor or MS, or to point out some other editor alternative, let's not go there, either.

The point of this entry is the free learning resources for beginning web developers that I found on the MS site. I hope it may help some people.

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I also like to point people to W3 Schools: http://www.w3schools...
Yep, good call. And I'm sure there are other equally useful alternatives. I guess I should say I wasn't meaning to imply this was the only alternative, nor even the best, just that it was one people might miss if they don't tend to consider MS web development resources.

I've always felt that we CFers could get more out of sites and magazines devoted to other technologies (whether .NET, Java, PHP, etc) if we would just look past the technology-specific aspects of the resources and take from them the generic ideas.

And of course then there are generic resources like the w3schools site. Thanks for sharing that, Steve.
They have certs for HTML, PHP, and ASP - but nothing for CFML.... bummer
# Posted By Sid Wing | 2/3/09 1:02 PM
But Sid, it's a Microsoft site after all. We can't really expect them to offer anything about CFML. I only pointed out the resource because it covers ancillary topics that even CFers would/should want to know about. Let's not ask for the moon. :-)
thanks for sharing... very nice!
# Posted By susan | 5/25/09 8:26 PM
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