My friend and I are starting a business based around a site.
I code PHP and have basic CSS skills.
I won’t have time to do everything. (Backend and Frontend). My friend is already very good with graphic design, so I’ve asked him to learn HTML/CSS so I can just focus on coding the core functionality DB and backend. He has agreed.
Now what course (or course of action) should I recommend he take to jump in?
Or just start hacking?
Its different for me, cos I’m a programmer already. When I want to learn a new language I just start hacking.
He has no coding experience.
From a business planning perspective, we’ve agreed we might have to pay someone to start on the frontend work initially. But I figure the sooner he gets going learning it the better. Startups have gotta keep their costs low.
Hi Lope. Welcome to the forums.
It’s important to set solid foundations, which are usually easier to get through a book, though there will be a lot to learn after that. There are some good beginner books offered by SitePoint, or you could start him off on a book like Stylin’ with CSS, a really good intro to HTML and CSS. (There are many, many books, of course, so I’m just recommending one that I used and found really good. )
I would (and constantly do) recommend the book Building Your Own Website The Right Way. It’s a great book that is fantastic for an introduction to HTML and CSS. Well-written and very interesting.
Thanks for the replies guys.
Yes, a book would be what I recommend as well. (nice smooth progression)
My friend has said he wants to go the el-cheapo route and look at material online first.
I’ve skimmed a bunch of youtube videos and recommended him some of them.
I figured he should start with XHTML and CSS2 and then go from there?
Yes, good idea. Don’t worry too much about the X in XHTML. Any good resource on HTML will be fine.
That seems like a good plan of learning.
I don’t know what it is, but lots of people don’t know about this crazy thing that I’ve discovered called a library. I found it not too long ago…apparently you can check out books for free! It’s really great. That would help w/ the “el-cheapo route”.