Additionally, if you are familiar with any specific articles on css-tricks I can use to start learning (or even other, preferably free educational resources as well) please let me know. thanks!
(P.S. I am submitting this question before a very long shift, so it may take me a while to respond or view any suggestions. I’m hoping to get the ball rolling as soon as I return from work.)
I all but did the same thing as TheDoc did. I started with JQuery then moved to pure JS. I enjoyed learning about JQuery first because I was able to start using it almost immediately. Then once I got a good grip on JQuery I moved onto bigger things. If you have a spare 25 bucks laying around, check out the latest video from Chris in the lodge on “Learning JQuery from Scratch”. It was a nice little series that covered basics and explained what certain things were and some ways to use them. Just my O2 =) Best of luck and most important, have fun with it!