What language to learn? Advice please.

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NT_eyeball

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Hey all,
I'm a fifty yo who has taken an interest in the Web, and lack of knowledge restricts me to creating websites with template style pages.
I realize that some education is required.
I dont understand what the difference between Java and HTML is.

My programming history:
Commodore 64 basic
GW basic
Quick Basic
I found this very Un-structured so I went to college and learned Turbo Pascal 7.0 and was quite fluent with it. Until Pascal went OOP. That lost me.

With the advent of Windows, the need for personal programming fell by the wayside and haven't used it in yrs.

Can someone direct me to a possible line of action. or a site that explains it all.
Thnx guys.
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HTML is the framework for the page. You use html to create most aspects of it, formatting for the text, images, layout, etc.(although much of this has been replaced by CSS). The javascript language is used primarily for making interaction with the site. If a website has a hit counter, its probably javascript. If it has an online calculator or game, its likely javascript, etc. If you want to see what modern html code in a complete page would look like, my website(in my sig) has as clean of code as I could get it, made purely by hand. There's not much javascript in that code. To see that, go to the site, any page of it, and go to view/page source.
 

NT_eyeball

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Thankyou to those who replied !!
Thanx George, for the chance at viewing the Source in conjunction with your site.... I could follow most of that.... just the finer syntax was baffling.
Could you elaborate the abrev's PHP & CSS ?(stand for??)
Thnx again.
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"PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" but, your web sever MUST support PHP because some free web host's don't. (it needs a side scrpit to run on)

"CSS: Cascading Style Sheets" thats really halps when you want to make your website look nicer and such. Hope thats helped. -cnelson. :)
 

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Thnx nelson!
Have ordered a few books, hope they get me started.
Thnx again to all.
 
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NT,

I too am 50 something and cut my teeth on Pascal. For the web, I've found that a combination of scripting langauges helps the most. Also, you need to learn about the differences between client-side vs. server-side scripting.

Personally prefer ASP because there are a lot of free hosts available with respectable storage. Also, ASP is greate for DSN-less database applications. I use javascript for quick cleint-side scripts like mouse roll-overs and some menu things. I use DHTML and CSS extensively and then for server-side I use vbScript. I can create almost anything I need and especially database driven apps. I am now in the process of learning about ASP templates.

I agree the the w3schools web site is a good starting point and you can find plenty of examples and working code at 4guysfromrolla and asp101.

-doug
 
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