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OP 2/07/13 7:31:35 PM#1
I am looking for a good online program which results in at least a certificate if not associates degree which teaches web design and web creation.
Anyone got any good ideas?
2/07/13 7:59:48 PM#2
You dont need a degree or certificate. You need experience and samples of stuff you have done.
Those pretty much give you the starter topics. A little google fu will help you with more examples.
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2/07/13 10:53:15 PM#3
2/07/13 11:33:33 PM#4
I am a web developer. I got an associates in applied science but you don't need it for the job. Lots of people get IT jobs because they have a natural talent. I know 2 people that were hired because they hacked into companies and were contacted to do security work. It's about what you know and how you help them versus what schools you went to. I've had to learn much more out of school than I did IN school. Whenever I go for jobs my experience always counts as a bachelor's or more. IT is so much about learning all these intricacies that take years to memorize or come across as problems that books don't suffice as the totality of it all. Especially not ones that can be consumed in under 4 years. In web terms, in 4 years, the web has changed.
Online certificates that don't come from an accredited school aren't worth the paper they aren't printed on.
Here's how you can duplicate what I learned in school that is relevant to the daily work.
Get a computer, take it apart, put it back together.
Learn all the operating systems, be as comfortable in Linux and command line as you are clicking windows.
Learn networking, learn to assign IP addresses in a network.
Learn the history of the internet and all related terminology.
Learn design and marketing highlights, you will hear the words used.
Learn the standards boards and understand who are the governing boards for specifications.
Learn programming. Absolute basics that every web dev needs are these.
Make webpages, lots of them, view source everywhere you go. When you are done making 10 examples, make 10 more. Recode websites you see better than what they have already. Learn to explain WHY you did what you did, your bosses will expect you to be knowledgable.
Read RFCs. http://www.ietf.org/rfc.html
Learn a graphics editor - photoshop is the most common.
Learn some servers - Apache is free to install, IIS comes on windows.
Learn some database things - a lot of them, learn all of SQL syntax and especially relational database structure. Make databases, then query them with your server-side language.
You can install mysql on your own computer, along with PHP for testing.
Learn SEO terms and how to do it. This will get your Google hate going strong once you learn how it all works. You need that in IT, very important.
Learn all the office programs like word and excel, you will be getting documentation in them often.
Learn about the different browsers and what they support. This is called cross-browser compatibility. If something works fine in one site and not another - it's you that has to fix it. You will learn why people hated IE, they didn't support so many of the standards but they are improving so you can quell the hate.
Now that you know server side languages, learn how to make your code secure, read about web exploits and entry vectors. Now that you understand how to make SQL, teach yourself how to stop someone from breaking yours and embarrassing you by hacking the site.
This information is enough to get you started.
Realize, the job market is competitive so you had better understand terminology and what you are doing. When something breaks, it's your job to fix it, you wlll have to maintain the codebase of other people so look at every program task as a 5 way solution. Don't solve it once, solve it then do it better or different. You will see better worse and different in the code you take over.
The biggest tip I can give you - never rely on software or frameworks. If you can't be a web developer with just a text editor and nothing else for support - you are just like all the other schmucks that think Dreamweaver and Drupal make them a pro. People that know good development will spot you out of a crowd, I can. Don't expect to stop reading either. I have over 20 languages on my resume and I have been reading constantly on web dev for over 7 years out of school. It changes and is not the thing you learn once, you have to keep evolving as the net evolves. To say you use Dreamweaver in an interview at my company is the kiss of death. It screams amateur.
If it doesn't get you excited, get out now, you will hate having to keep on it if there isn't a drive in your gut to know how things work. It's a subject that must consume you to stay current. I hope you like books and specifications. You don't get paid to read everything in your free time either but when a client brings it up you damn sure better know what it means because your boss looks at YOU for the answer.
Here are some sites you might enjoy if you read all that and are still interested.