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  1. #1 Newbie... And I have lots of questions to be answered. 
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    hello everyone!
    I'm a newbie here.

    Uhmm..i am currently an IT student and i just want to know a few things.
    First of all, i'll be honest. I don't think IT is the course for me. I mean, i'm not good at programming, i'm not so good at math..etc
    But, what I really wanted is to work this thing out. Most people in this field are naturals, i mean "it" is already in their blood. Well, i'm not. And i wanna make up for that.
    So, im no "natural". But i can say that i'm very persistent and i really wanted to learn.

    My question is, where should i start? What should i be learning?
    Well,for starters, I wanted to know about website design and programming websites.
    What language/software should i be mastering?

    Hope you guys can share some of your wisdom to me..
    Thank u.


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    If you want to learn web design, you should first learn basic programming. Once you understand variables, assignments, control structures, looping, functions, classes, and pointers on a "theoretical level" (as in you know what they are, why you would use them, when you use them, and what the purpose of using them is), then you should learn strict HTML.

    Strict HTML is the most basic web language, and very common. After that, supplement your knowledge by learning PHP, Perl, Javascript, Cold Fusion, or any other scripting language. PHP and Javascript are very popular and very useful. Perl gives you server-side controls and a nearly limitless supply of free objects you can use via CPAN. Any other language you learn would just be for fun, but it would help you. Flash is also a good choice but it is significantly harder to program, requires a lot more patience and time, as well as requiring you to pay a fee in order to develop it, as it is a proprietary language and there are no good free flash "compilers" to my knowledge.

    This may seem like a lot of work, but after you understand your first programming language (and I do recommend C++), you should be able to apply the skills you learned there to any other, and pick the other language up quickly. The most important thing is learning the basics as they are nearly universal.


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    thank you so much for the reply.
    i'll be taking your word for that..

    uhmm..so what do you do? are u a computer science grad?
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    I have a BS in Electrical Engineering. I teach C++/VHDL and take classes toward my PhD.
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