I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.)
Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999
on Dec 21, 2013 -
Is there a word for these types of web-based tools, and a widely-used way to make them? One: a way make a web-based reference guide / glossary / help centre. Two: a tool that will generate a custom 20-page PDF based on complex user inputs, complete with table of contents. Are there open-source, well-supported solutions for building these things? Maybe a way to combine some plugins for Drupal or Wordpress? I really have no idea how to tackle this. [more inside]
posted by 100kb
on Mar 25, 2013 -
The idea here is that I have a product for a specific niche (construction management), that is well designed and (I think) very intuitive. But the target users are not very savvy in terms of WHAT they should be doing. I need to walk them through various processes step by step. [more inside]
posted by Kellster
on Feb 28, 2013 -
I'm looking for a low-cost web service for managing a (very) small alumni database. [more inside]
posted by mekily
on Apr 30, 2012 -
What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy
on Mar 22, 2012 -
What apps do you use to help you stay focused on work? I'm looking for Mac and web apps. I don't have clinically diagnosable ADHD, but I'm curious about what's out there and can certainly use the help sometimes.
posted by ignignokt
on Feb 9, 2012 -
What reference management options exist for Google Docs? Failing that, what other web-based collaboration tools offer reference management, either built-in or by extension via plug-in?
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Nov 22, 2011 -
I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic
purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 16, 2011 -
What's the best way to make a personal web site that looks like this without installing much? [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Jun 15, 2011 -
Is there to-do list software out there that randomly
chooses what you should do next? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr
on Mar 2, 2011 -
I'm looking for recommendations for ecommerce software that is easily customizable for a fairly code savvy designer which provides a very user friendly interface for my clients to add new items to the store. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro
on Feb 24, 2011 -
I work for an established technical company moving into the web space and we need to decide whether we're going to use Java or .Net for an emerging web platform. Where can I find non-frothing arguments from reputable sources? [more inside]
posted by CHABOXERS
on Jan 28, 2011 -
Asking for a friend... need a webapp for collaborating on large binary files. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Jan 12, 2011 -
A friend wants to "design websites". She is great in panting, colors, photography, but has until now no expereience with sophisticated software. I am afraid Photoshop / Dreamweaver is too much for a start. What software do you recommend?
posted by mitocan
on Oct 6, 2010 -
I need a simple code-free web site creation tool for my girlfriend that combines some basic CMS features with a WYSIWYG editor. [more inside]
posted by themel
on Sep 19, 2010 -
Are there 3rd party applications / services that can track user behavior and link to site's user demographics? [more inside]
posted by gnash
on Sep 6, 2010 -
Is there a Firefox extension that will let you hover over keywords on the page and have it show a quick summary from wikipedia? I'm using a Firefox Extension from evri.com that does this, but it also comes with an ugly toolbar. If you hide the toolbar, the functionality goes away, but I really like it. (Example
Is there anything like this? That maybe does it better? Most importantly is it bringing this data in dynamically without me having to spawn a new window or leave the page.
posted by dep
on May 15, 2010 -
where can I read about the system and software design for mobile? preferably something written within the last year or two? any particular mobile code gurus out there? primarily focusing on mobile web.
Any of these books worth getting? They appear to have positive ratings and relevant content descriptions on Amazon.
0596155441 [more inside]
posted by k7lim
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Software recommendations: Free event management software for a local event [more inside]
posted by rev-
on Jan 5, 2010 -
I am trying to create a professional looking logo for a Web site. I am using GIMP but finding I am very limited in terms of what I can do with it. Is there a software package that I should be using that will allow me to create a good looking logo/header image? I understand Photoshop is the best however, it's really expensive (700.00). Are there any software alternatives or do I just have to pony up for Photoshop?
By the way, I have a PC.
posted by hellodonna
on Aug 26, 2009 -
We're a web dev shop with $700 that needs to be spent on software by the end of fiscal. What should we get? [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Feb 25, 2009 -
Best, price-competitive alternatives to Webex that include attendee scheduling and reminders? [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Dec 22, 2008 -
What time/project management software or sites might be able to help me view my week in hourly clumps and allow me to check off completed tasks or monitor their success? I've tried a number of GTD services, but none of them has been quite right, so I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by metalheart
on Nov 29, 2008 -
What options do I have for a good web- (preferred) or desktop(Windows)-based RSS reader that has good options for managing older posts within feeds? [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro
on Sep 5, 2008 -
How do I sync my notes in my Blackberry Curve's memopad to a web-based service? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter
on Aug 20, 2008 -
I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)?
My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore.
It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok
on Aug 11, 2008 -
What's the best approach to take with the a lead software developer after being left holding the ball? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 1, 2008 -
How can I create a social networking site? I am in Southern California (Inland Empire/Orange County) and interested in building a social networking/message board/blog site along the lines of Sermo
that isn't really about customizable media and meeting friends, as much as it is for people within a certain specialty, let's say the veterinary community, to share their ideas about their expertise with peers, receive newsletters relevant to their work, and ask for their peers' opinions or advice. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Apr 12, 2008 -
posted by unexpected
on Feb 9, 2008 -