I sure you have all noticed the fast change in website desings. I'm not vary old but I'm not an old fart, and I have seen the BIG CHANGE in a short time. Basicly when it all started it was a simple page, just plain old <HTML>
then the fun starts, do what you want center this move this to the right, no your other right, put graphics here no there.
It was easy and look good (sometimes).
I'm not saying the stuff out now is not easy if you can type HTML in note pad and know what your doing its all easy. But Frames, Tables, forms, scripts, java, DHTML (which I'm learning now), CGI, ect.... where does it stop? I have made so many page in my short time and each time when I start updating it, it turns out I redid the whole thing in whatever is in style at the time. Its a pain in the #$$. I don't know if its a sign of the times or just people in competition with each other?
It gets noticed )
which gets people to click it... like you!!!
Thanks vary good point but I don't have time to fill my head with all that crap.
Right now I'm in college for Hardware and Networking in my 1st year. On the side a do alot of Internet web 'stuff' one could say.
So I'm not an expert in any way. But being on the net for years I have noticed all the changes, including the changes in the media. I guess its just the times. I don't like it but what am I going to do. I'm not saying that I dislike change but I can see the day comming where people are going to be comming home (if we even have places to go, still)and sitting on there computer where they watch TV and surf the net order food and talk to people next door. No one going out dating, or spending time with family, its all the net. I think the net is super and all that its just people have to learn that to much of anything is not good!! The net is not doing this, we are.......
The web is still an infant as far as the internet goes. Email and telnet have been around since the late 60's. You don't see too much change in their implementation either client or server side because they have become standardized.
The Web has been around for a much shorter time and was far outgrown its original purpose, which was the passing of scientific and research documents among colleagues of different universities and the US military. When it was originally designed it was not meant for mass media. With that said you will find the technologies behind web pages starting to stabilize without too much drastic change with the acceptance of XML, ECMAScript and CSS.
With that in mind the technologies that a web developer should be learning include:
Client side -
CSS including levels 1 and 2
Server side -
SQL and/or ACCESS
Perl would be a nice language to learn but I don't feel it is necessary because there are thousands of pre-made scripts that you can use on your own sites. That coupled with the fact that both ASP and PHP are better suited towards high-traffic dynamic sites with integrated database connectivity make PERL a second or even third choice as far as languages go.
One other language you might think about learning is vbScript. As this is the primary language used in ASP, you will learn a lot by learning the technologies behind ASP. One good thing about vbScript is that it doesn't take much to go from that to Visual Basic for Applications, which is the scripting language of all the Office Applications, and Visual Basic which allows you to create your own Applications, COM objects and ActiveX applets.