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W3schools is an except guide for learning what each tag does what however it doesn't show you how to create the sites that you require. Everyone already has a small idea of what they want and w3schools doesn't help you accomplish that.

 

I learn mainly through experiments and Dreamweaver (switching between code and design view).

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I've heard alot of good things about W3Schools.

But the way I've learnt is in such a way that I actually know CSS.. but Dont know CSS. I know it's weird, Its just that when i look at a tutorial i see stuff I know.. But I cant create anything like what I've seen CSS Coders do.

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Learn some basics, then start doing things, I am still learning it, but I use a very cool browser addon called Firebug, it allows you to see html & css code of pages, so when I see something cool on web, I look how it was done, that's a great way to improve your skills.

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I checked out a couple of HTML books from the library and started building sites. Many people don't like manuals. I love them. I also like to jump right in and get my hands dirty. It also helped that there were a lot of free sites available (back in the day) to practice my skills.

 

@fakesky: I have heard a lot of good things about Firebug, but never used. Off to get that plugin

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Well I started web development about 6 years ago and my main resource for any development questions was the almighty Google. I have a rather simple philosophy when it comes to learning how to understand any language at a complex level; simply put you can only truly understand a language when you are are naturally discovering each piece. What that means to me is that for a person to be able to actually learn, they need to learn for themselves, they need to discover every aspect they don't understand on their own, and they need to do this by what ever means they have available. Luckily in our day and age there are millions of developers who post their custom snippets online and thanks to search engines like Google we can access all of those snippets with just a little bit of work.

 

I guess it may be important to explain my theory with a scope of "how I really did it." When I first started development I had absolutely never even heard of HTML, so this was my first step; I searched out "How to make a website." After a long process of weeding out automated website builders and looking for the true core values used to create a website from the ground up I stumbled onto the holy grail W3Schools. Sure that gave me a great foundation of what I was doing, but as we all know it is extremely limited to the bare bottom basics. I then formed ideas, just simple "Oh I wonder how I can move this box from X to X+100." And I searched, and searched, and searched finally ending up on a basic guide of CSS and JavaScript. This is how I was introduced into those fields.

 

This form of natural discovery, at least for me, seems to embed the practices deep inside where they become a part of my logic, rather than a book that merely forces you to memorize a bunch of useless, or even useful, information.

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You were lucky enough to begin like that.

I find myself stuck, I mean I know all the basics, if i look at a tutorial its all stuff i already know, but i just cant seem to put any of it together.

 

That's why I advice thinking of something you want to build. Anything...try making a login system. Get as far as you can, then research how to make one in PHP. It's the greatest method alive!

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Learn as i go along pretty much. When i do something wrong i just google. W3schools as already mentioned is an excellent resource though

 

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You were lucky enough to begin like that.

I find myself stuck, I mean I know all the basics, if i look at a tutorial its all stuff i already know, but i just cant seem to put any of it together.

 

I've made another comment earlier, but I would like to add that I understand where you are at. I would suggest that you have a basic outline of a web page you would like to create and then pick ONE item from the page and try to get that up and running with CSS3 and HTML5. I have looked quite a bit at http://www.pageresource.com/ and also the W3schools site that many people here have suggested. Sometimes I'll flip back and forth between the explanation of something at pageresource.com and then look at the example in W3schools.

 

DO the examples yourself in notepad or whatever editor you are using and bring up your file in whatever browser you are using. Keep at it until the bugs are out and it works. Once you have mastered one item that you want on your web page, then start with another. I would be careful as you go though because you need to understand that you do need an overall design of the page and each component needs to play nice with all the other components on the page. It's not just a matter of learning the tools, you'll need to have an organized design for each page. Everyone starts at the beginning, you just need to persist.

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I searched for some tutorials on websites and youtube, I learned the basics from youtube and on w3schools, i saw very useful tutorials and example scripts. After I made some test scripts, I just made projects. Ofcourse I needed PHP and MYSQL too for those projects, else I couldn't do anything with this. CSS started when I wanted to make layouts for other people, like selling them or gifting them. I coded the layouts, else they wouldn't buy the layouts cause they couldn't use them. Well that's why I was interested in learning those languages and started to work with it.

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I don't understand much about CSS but HTML, just trial & error from administering my sites. :D

 

Glad Im not the only one .. Gimme some core code over graphical stuff any day of the week. And CSS, its cool, but drives me absolutly crazy at times.

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Well I started to learn particularly HTML editing when I am making my own blog. I started with the basics until I got interested. I have a friend who is an expert on it so I tried to keep up with him until I realize that I have familiarized almost everything about it. There it goes. I just like designing that's why I liked HTML editing even if it will require a lot of patience.

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I learned it all by myself. I still remember those days vividly, I would grab my tutorial printouts and type the code furiously till I got it perfect. In my opinion, HTML is one of the easiest languages to learn online.

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I saved a very simple web page from ms publisher 95, figured out how to look at the code and studied it. Then I started driving people nuts asking them questions ; )

 

I still remember emailing a guy years and years ago asking him how to get a new browser to open with a link. He said just make a false target. Way back then I had to ask what that was.

 

Rick

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I saved a very simple web page from ms publisher 95, figured out how to look at the code and studied it. Then I started driving people nuts asking them questions ; )

 

I still remember emailing a guy years and years ago asking him how to get a new browser to open with a link. He said just make a false target. Way back then I had to ask what that was.

 

Rick

 

One of the best ways to learn how to code anything IMO

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I have learned CSS online from W3Schools and some other online resources. Some of my relatives who are in the field of web designing and programming have also helped me a lot :)

 

And the most important thing is to keep practicing yourself, bit by bit you'll become a Pro (too optimistic) :P

I have spent countless hours building themes from scratch using CSS for my MyBB forum and it feels great when you reach your goal! :)

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I have learned CSS online from W3Schools and some other online resources. Some of my relatives who are in the field of web designing and programming have also helped me a lot :)

 

And the most important thing is to keep practicing yourself, bit by bit you'll become a Pro (too optimistic) :P

I have spent countless hours building themes from scratch using CSS for my MyBB forum and it feels great when you reach your goal! :)

 

Agreed, I think the only way to learn most languages whether it be programming for design or programming for functionality is to play with it over and over and over again. break things, and when you fix that break them again.

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I used W3Schools and YouTube. Both are great resources in my opinion.

 

 

Youtube is actually a very good point. Not just for html and CSS but practically anything at all. For every person who wants to learn there is some saddo who does nothing but creates tutorials on the subject for no reason than they can LOL. Suites me fine

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