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HTML / Web2.0 Reading Recommendations [Apr. 30th, 2008|01:45 pm]
I haven't done much with website construction over the years. At work, though, I'm starting to get more involved in some front-end stuff.

My HTML skills are from back before there was a div tag, you see. I know a bit about div and CSS stuff, though I'm sketchy on the semantic details. I know how AJAX works in theory but wouldn't know how to start building it.

I'm specifically not interested in editing tools. I need to be able to hand-code this stuff or, more accurately, code-generate it. I want the technical details.

What I'm hoping you can help with is some reading recommendations. Can you point me towards books or (preferably) websites that provide some good learning materials? I'm not asking because info on this topic is hard to find but because a good introductory presentation of it is. Surely you guys have some favorites to share?

Much thanks!

[User Picture]From: sayh
2008-05-01 08:34 am (UTC)
I believe, and hope, and cross my claws and all, that HTML as it is today, will die out soon, and be replaced by a better client side scripting language. Preferably something strongly typed, more in the lines of C#/Java, than the very weak javascript.

The company I work for used Javascript / HTML to make the front end for their product. There appear to be no way, even with WEB2.0, to make this a good user experience. So for the next release of the product, HTML is thrown away in favor of Adobe Flex... My guess is that this is where the web will go, towards technologies more like flex. Where client / server communications are done using method calls, not POST / GET.
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[User Picture]From: mortonfox
2008-05-12 02:25 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: timtylor
2008-05-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! :D

W3Schools might be worth a look: it's got free online beginner's guides to HTML, CSS, Javascript and pretty much everything else. They seem pretty comprehensive, and include hands-on example pages that let you edit the code onscreen to see what happens.
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