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    How long can it take someone to learn PHP? Say he or she chooses to learn it 4 days a week of say 2 to 3 hours each?

    What are the best link to learn the basic of web designing? I'd like to utilize the summer to learn web designing before doing this course at college.

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    Thanks. Gonna check the links

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    If you have the ability to use a computer, good reasoning and analytical skills that it should not be too hard. Its is even easier of you know some basic level of programming and algebra. First step is to understand basic HTML, then installing the php software and running php. Seconding you probably want to learn to create images using a separate piece of software (but this is not really necessary).

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    I would say if you're good with html and/or javascript php is pretty easy to learn, especially if as Owen said you have good analytical skills. Im not the greatest with php but i have found it very easy to learn and use.
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    As stated; it depends on your thinking and reasoning skills.
    But its a language I feel anyone can learn. If your willing it put in the work.
    I recommend Net tuts, I've learn all web development from them. Check out "Diving into PHP": http://net.tutsplus.com/articles/news/diving-into-php/
    It's a series of screen casts, that tackles PHP day by day. I prefer screen casts to learn as I find it easier to really see what's going on.
    Just get to coding, the more time you ask around and wonder if you can learn. Is time wasted.

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    The more talented developers we have the better so I'll share a little insight into a training program that has worked for us.
    1. HTML/CSS - Requires no prior coding experience - http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-HTM...5297927&sr=1-1
    2. Photoshop and/or Fireworks - You don't need to know how to design but its important to understand them well to convert designs to HTML/themes- Lynda makes some good DVDs
    3. PSD to HTML conversion - Another critical step
    http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/si...-step-by-step/
    http://www.bolducpress.com/tutorials...oshop-to-html/
    http://csshowto.com/layout/psd-to-cs...-steps-part-1/
    4. PHP and MySQL - Getting into the real programming now - http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Dyna...5297739&sr=8-4
    5. JavaScript/jQuery - Improving front-end/Usability
    http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Beg...5298392&sr=1-2
    http://www.amazon.com/jQuery-Action-...5298408&sr=1-1
    6. Drupal or some other CMS - Take my advise, just do it. Especially if you're planning to do commercial web dev
    Lynda has some good vidoes
    http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Drup...5298639&sr=1-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Front-End-Drup...5298669&sr=1-1 (NOTE: Drupal 6 but its a great book for theming)
    http://www.amazon.com/Drupal-Module-...5298740&sr=1-1

    You should also consider joining the Jamaica Drupal User Group (http://groups.drupal.org/jamaica). We have presentations for newbies all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by owen View Post
    If you have the ability to use a computer, good reasoning and analytical skills that it should not be too hard. Its is even easier of you know some basic level of programming and algebra. First step is to understand basic HTML, then installing the php software and running php. Seconding you probably want to learn to create images using a separate piece of software (but this is not really necessary).
    I dont really have a good reasoning skill when it comes to other things, but once its computer related and its kinda straight forward, i'll be able to manage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Notorios View Post
    I would say if you're good with html and/or javascript php is pretty easy to learn, especially if as Owen said you have good analytical skills. Im not the greatest with php but i have found it very easy to learn and use.
    Havent yet started doing HTML...but willing to learn it.

    Quote Originally Posted by sumo View Post
    The more talented developers we have the better so I'll share a little insight into a training program that has worked for us.
    1. HTML/CSS - Requires no prior coding experience - http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-HTM...5297927&sr=1-1
    2. Photoshop and/or Fireworks - You don't need to know how to design but its important to understand them well to convert designs to HTML/themes- Lynda makes some good DVDs
    3. PSD to HTML conversion - Another critical step
    http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/si...-step-by-step/
    http://www.bolducpress.com/tutorials...oshop-to-html/
    http://csshowto.com/layout/psd-to-cs...-steps-part-1/
    4. PHP and MySQL - Getting into the real programming now - http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Dyna...5297739&sr=8-4
    5. JavaScript/jQuery - Improving front-end/Usability
    http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Beg...5298392&sr=1-2
    http://www.amazon.com/jQuery-Action-...5298408&sr=1-1
    6. Drupal or some other CMS - Take my advise, just do it. Especially if you're planning to do commercial web dev
    Lynda has some good vidoes
    http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Drup...5298639&sr=1-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Front-End-Drup...5298669&sr=1-1 (NOTE: Drupal 6 but its a great book for theming)
    http://www.amazon.com/Drupal-Module-...5298740&sr=1-1

    You should also consider joining the Jamaica Drupal User Group (http://groups.drupal.org/jamaica). We have presentations for newbies all the time.
    Most of those amazon links u posted, i doubt i'll be in the money-frame of mind to spend. But would be good to have one of these books to practice on my own.
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    one of the best sites I have come accross to learn php or most common programmin languages is w3schools.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumo View Post
    The more talented developers we have the better so I'll share a little insight into a training program that has worked for us.
    1. HTML/CSS - Requires no prior coding experience - http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-HTM...5297927&sr=1-1
    2. Photoshop and/or Fireworks - You don't need to know how to design but its important to understand them well to convert designs to HTML/themes- Lynda makes some good DVDs
    3. PSD to HTML conversion - Another critical step
    http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/si...-step-by-step/
    http://www.bolducpress.com/tutorials...oshop-to-html/
    http://csshowto.com/layout/psd-to-cs...-steps-part-1/
    4. PHP and MySQL - Getting into the real programming now - http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Dyna...5297739&sr=8-4
    5. JavaScript/jQuery - Improving front-end/Usability
    http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Beg...5298392&sr=1-2
    http://www.amazon.com/jQuery-Action-...5298408&sr=1-1
    6. Drupal or some other CMS - Take my advise, just do it. Especially if you're planning to do commercial web dev
    Lynda has some good vidoes
    http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Drup...5298639&sr=1-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Front-End-Drup...5298669&sr=1-1 (NOTE: Drupal 6 but its a great book for theming)
    http://www.amazon.com/Drupal-Module-...5298740&sr=1-1

    You should also consider joining the Jamaica Drupal User Group (http://groups.drupal.org/jamaica). We have presentations for newbies all the time.
    Nice links bro....really pointed me in the right direction 2

    Quote Originally Posted by faganmedia View Post
    one of the best sites I have come accross to learn php or most common programmin languages is w3schools.com
    Yeah but thats a given....W3schools is a wonderful site for noobs but they dont really teach any advanced stuff

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