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June 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm #173617seandaltonParticipant
While using Notepad++, Firebug (with other Firefox web developer plugins), Gimp and Colorpic while modifying WordPress themes has been fun, I really want to dive into web development in a big way.
While I’m fine sticking with Gimp and Colorpic for what they do, Notepad++ has got to go in terms of being the primary way that I manipulate code and manage my web documents and projects.
I’m looking for a full fledged IDE, so I can really get things done in HTML and CSS, building those skills up from the beginner level they are at now to an intermediate level, while developing a beginner’s grasp of jquery, Java and PHP.
I’ve read up a bit on PHPStorm by Jetbrains, as well as NetBeans, but I can’t really suss out what’s best for me. Free or pay, I’m looking for something that is going to provide a fast and efficient environment for learning to develop with the above languages, while not overstepping boundaries by adding crud to my code or being an unwanted crutch that stunts my growth, as I understand Dreamweaver is reputed for doing.
I’m also compiling wish lists for books on Amazon that are broken up into three phases of learning (my goal of intermediate HTML and CSS, and beginner jquery, Java and PHP are my phase 1 that I want to have wrapped up by this fall — no later than year’s end).
Phase 3 … is kind of a wild guess at this point. I’ve heard great things about Python, but I wonder if by the time I get through Phase 2, if I shouldn’t just learn C#? Maybe both? http://amzn.com/w/3LYHSZQ5WNZP6
Please let me know if I’m missing any books or if there is redundancy in my reading list.
I’m looking for a full fledged IDE, so I can really get things done in HTML and CSS
I would really like to advice against using an IDE for where you are at right now. There are lots of people on these boards who use an IDE and I think that’s just great. However, there are many who don’t… myself included and I likely never will. However, it LARGELY depends on what language you’re writing in… so keep that in mind.
But for HTML + CSS and a bit of JS or PHP… I’d say get a great text editor that you like and that’s it. Sublime Text 2 is a perennial favorite among just about everyone. It suits the newest of n00bs and the venerable veteran.
As far as an all-purpose server-side language, I’d advise that you learn Python before you learn PHP… for many reason, not the least of which is the fact that I believe it to be easier… and more versatile. I don’t really use Python for web applications, but I definitely use it locally on my computer all the time. It’s the freaking bees knees for many things, but it’s not suited to all things.
So, to recap, learn these:
HTML, CSS, JS, Python.
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