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  • # November 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Mabuhay!
    I’m really lovin’ this web deseign/development thing. I think I can code html/css now, though not that GOOD yet.
    Now I would like to learn javaScript, jQuery, PHP,etc.
    What should I learn first?

    # November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Don’t learn any of them until you are *really good* at HTML and CSS.

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    # November 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Seems I’ve [heard this question before](http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/comment/80739).

    # November 21, 2012 at 5:08 am

    go for javaScript then PHP

    # November 23, 2012 at 5:55 am

    If you feel you’re comfortable enough with HTML and CSS, I would say to look _closely_ at HTML5 and CSS3, then start looking at jQuery.

    jQuery is quick and easy to write, there are billions of tutorials and the syntax will set you up well for PHP and writing JavaScript without a framework.

    # November 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I must politely disagree with @alanshortis and recommend learning raw JavaScript before learning the jQuery library.

    # November 24, 2012 at 12:53 am

    @Chester : I second @joshuanhibbert on the Javascript. If you jump straight into jQuery, you will be limited. Yes, it is easy and quick to learn but in the long run you will be selling yourself short.

    # November 24, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Hmmm, this thread has kinda made me rethink learning jQuery as i rarely know JS yet at all…

    # November 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

    @Watson90 Check out the codecademy courses. There are so many, and they are all free!

    # November 24, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Thanks @joshuanhibbert

    Well I was having a little play around with jQuery yesterday and managed to do this:

    http://stevenwatson.co.uk/examples/jquery

    Obviously the functions are low-level stuff but I didn’t even know the syntax a few days ago, so maybe that shows I might pick up JavaScript easy-ish? Lol.

    # November 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’ve gone into job interviews where knowing jQuery better than vanilla JS hurt your chances. The logic being that if you understand JavaScript, you will be able to truly understand jQuery and use it to its fullest.

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