Where to start with modern web UI development?
November 12, 2012 12:39 PM Subscribe
Help me get my Web 2.x (or are we on 3.x now? I've lost track) on. I'm an old-school Web 1.0 developer who wants to kickstart himself into slightly more modern UI and user experience paradigms, and I have a project in mind (of course). The challenge? No expensive tools.
posted by jferg to computers & internet (6 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Project: I have an idea for a site I'd like to put together, nothing extraordinarily complex - probably a database-driven backend, and, since it's going to be aimed at kids (and their parents), a shiny, shiny front-end. I find that 75% of kid-focused sites out there look like (and usually are) crap that looks like it was written in FrontPage 98. I don't want to be part of that 75%. I'd like to have iOS and Android components, but those would be mostly later parts of the project, the first, initial part would be browser-based. (I want to build this site for my kids first, and later for others.)
Constraints: As I mentioned above - no expensive tools. I can't afford a copy of Flash right now, or a Mac to do iOS native development. I have a laptop I can run Eclipse and friends on. An ideal solution would be something where I could do the bulk of the development remotely, without installing things on a desktop besides PuTTY and Chrome, but I realize that may be too much to hope for. I have a DreamHost account with Apache/PHP/et al, but can spend a few dollars for different hosting if there's something more "modern" that's worthwhile.
It seems like HTML5 is probably the right answer here, but how? There have to be tools for building nice HTML5 interfaces out there - surely they're not all built from scratch? What am I missing? What's the new hotness? Is there a technology for this kind of thing that hasn't crossed my sight yet? Where do I get started building a Web 2.0 UI? Any suggestions of any variety are welcome.