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    Which to learn first: Flash or Javascript?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm in the process of learning website development and already know some HTML and CSS.

    Which would you consider better to learn first, Flash or Javascript? And how would their uses differ?

    Thanks!

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    It depends what kind of projects are you interested in? If you're just doing general website development I would start neither of those, well maybe some php. If you start Flash I think you should focus only on that.

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    If you know CSS and HTMl then you should definitely start learning some server side scripting language. After that you go for JavaScript.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asif451 View Post
    If you know CSS and HTMl then you should definitely start learning some server side scripting language. After that you go for JavaScript.
    I'd go straight to Javascript maybe C++ first.
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    So does this sound good:

    1 HTML/ CSS
    2 PHP
    3 Javascript
    4 Flash

    ??

    Thanks!

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    definately html then css then other dynamic language.

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    I'd learn html, css, web design, jquery, php, javascript, flash.

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    I'd say it depends on what you're planning on doing in the future. If you want to do some animation or Web games then sure, go for Flash and ActionScript however, if you just want a few little UI tweaks and features then learn JavaScript first, then move onto having a look at some JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and so on.

    The general path of learning about Web Design / Development seems to be:

    • HTML / XHTML
    • CSS
    • JavaScript [If going further with interactivity and features then jQuery & AJAX too.]
    • PHP [& MySQL]


    If you are going to go ahead with JavaScript then I highly recommend Sitepoint's Simply JavaScript.

    Goodluck in whatever you learn!

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    You should go for java script first, if you have good idea of HTML and CSS , instead of going towards flash directly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdesignz View Post
    You should go for java script first, if you have good idea of HTML and CSS , instead of going towards flash directly
    I agree 100%
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    Javascript. You need a lot of Actionscript which is very similar to javascript.

    edit: If you don't know html/css, you should learn those first. They are the base for all the rest. But I would go for Javascript before Flash, because Flash needs more than the timeline and graphics to interact, and that's actionscript which is very similar to javascript.

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    It depends on what project you want to create, but it wouldn't hurt to start with HTML/CSS first... then javascript or actionscript (FLASH) which are similar
    Good luck!

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    I think if you want to be a good web designer and developer then it is a must to learn javascript. So I recommend studying it specially so because in today's world, people want dynamic websites and not static ones.

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    y first php, then java, then flash, thats the way i would go

    Nevertheless normally you start mixing up

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlakeAnthony View Post
    I'd go straight to Javascript maybe C++ first.
    Why would you need to learn C++ for web?

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    java and javascript are not the same.

    If your interested in programming I would recommend learning Java or C#. Java and C# are very similar to each other. Java is very similar to Actionscript 3.0. Javascript is bite different from them all considering its prototype based rather then a object-oriented one. Java or C# would give you very good fundamental understanding of programming to make a relatively painless transition to Javascript, PHP or Actionscript. I wouldn't recommend starting with Javascript, Actionscript or PHP though without a fundamental understanding of programming. HTML and CSS are far from actual programming.
    The only code I hate more than my own is everyone else's.


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