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 -
I'm a frontend web developer with quite a long resume. I work full-time but I'd like to pick up some freelance, remote work in my spare time. I'm wondering if there are any places to look besides my personal network, Craigslist, and those awful "Rent-a-coder" sites where you get underbid by overseas folks who'll do it for $9/hr. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I'm a front-end web developer (HTML, CSS, jQuery) just starting out. I have a good portfolio from doing work for friends and a few businesses. I'm self-taught and therefore lacking some of the confidence that comes with the feedback you get in a structured learning environment or working tightly with other developers. I want to get in with a web development company/agency that has a great work environment.
What would you say are the best web dev companies in Toronto in terms of great work/life balance, great (bright, comfortable) office space, and mentorship/on-going learning opportunities? (Opportunities to work abroad with the company would also be welcome!).
Thanks for the info!
posted by nibbip
on Oct 5, 2013 -
Hey competent web devs! How do you do page layout? Help me get my page layout skills to...well maybe not 2013, I'm not that ambitious, but, maybe late 2009? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum
on Aug 12, 2013 -
I am looking for a method of displaying a list item's parent number in a list with nested sublists, in the way sections of a document would be displayed.
8. Defining Custom Counter Styles: the ‘@counter-style’ rule
8.1. Counter algorithms: the ‘type’ descriptor
I'd like to use only the ol and li tags and CSS styling, but HTML lists will only display the number of the current node.
Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Monkey0nCrack
on Jul 2, 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 -
I make websites. I have an old client whose new vendor is, to be blunt, not a competent web designer and not a developer at all. She has been coming to me for help, and it's putting me in quite an awkward situation. How can I remove myself at all gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 21, 2013 -
When I was in college, and first learning to build websites, I began by using Microsoft FrontPage. It definately had it's shortcomings and I'm glad it has been retired. I've long since moved on to better tools and methods myself, but there's one feature I did enjoy called "Navigation View". This was a way to view your site as a tree-map, but it was also a way to build out a large and somewhat complex web of pages. I found it to be a useful outlining tool, for later building complex sites. Is there anything like that now?
For those of you who might not be familiar with the feature, try a google image search for frontpage navigation view
I tried looking on another forum for an answer, but the conversation there was not helpful to me at all
posted by dylan_k
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I'm a web developer who is very capable with HTML and CSS, but that's about it. I am fairly comfortable with SQL, but now I need to learn to develop an API. I'd like to read a good book on the subject. Is there such a book? All I can find are things that explain why an API is useful, or things that assume you already know what you're doing in order to build/use an API.
posted by dylan_k
on Feb 11, 2013 -
I need to learn Java/J2EE. Where do I start? What resources are out there? How do I become a good programmer overtime? [more inside]
posted by turniphead
on Sep 28, 2012 -
I have a really good idea for an online...website thing. Involving user submission. I don't know anything about programming or what-all. Help me figure out what tools I need to create this! [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Sep 3, 2012 -
Network guy dipping toes into web development. I want to create a "simple" site. The site would have members enter text and create tags for that text. The user would then generate "reports" based on the tags into templates. The data entered and reports generated would only we viewable by the user that entered it. I guess it would be a multi-user web based Cyrstal reports type of thing.
What is the right tool for the job? It would be nice if I could use a pre-build enviroment like a CMS (Drupal, Joomla) as I have access to training and web host offer simple installers. I am savvy with Linux and would prefer free software.
posted by nivekraz
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Is there a web framework/toolset that can handle (consistently) the whole spectrum from static content to full applications? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Is there some killer feature of MySQL that explains its wide use relative to PostgreSQL? [more inside]
posted by wierdo
on Mar 2, 2012 -
Desktop developer seeks your favorite tutorials, links, books, to learn up on web development. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful
on May 31, 2011 -
I'm founding a startup! Yaaay! I have some friends who like my idea and want to help me. However, I have no money to pay them, so I'm guessing that I'll need to give them a piece of the action. I don't want to get screwed, but at the same time, I don't want to be perceived as a jerk. What is the most fair way to divide up the pie? What's the best way to approach this discussion without coming off as a jerk? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B
on May 26, 2011 -
I have tried Elgg and BuddyPress, but those solutions just don't seem to work very well, mostly because of issues with the templates.
I want to develop an online community that is based around my online radio station.
The community should have forums, chat, galleries, user search, comments, walls, and
all the other basic stuff that comes with an online community. It needs to be completely graphically customisable
I'm looking for the best solution that is under $600, but preferable free.
posted by digdan
on Mar 21, 2011 -
What IDEs, editors, or general tools do people use to do web development? I'm a linux geek, so my tool of choice is gVim. But I'm teaching a course on this right now and don't want to inflict my prejudices on the students, and I'd like a broader perspective. So if you're a web developer, what do you use? NetBeans, Notepad? Something in-between?
posted by handee
on Mar 2, 2011 -
Ok, here's a stupid-sounding idea: can someone point me to a guide to how to manipulate an Access database client-side on a web page? [more inside]
posted by ctmf
on Feb 21, 2011 -
posted by handee
on Jan 15, 2011 -
[Web dev filter] I work for a small parenting publication that uses advertising on the website. My boss wants me to create an online system where a user can upload an image, choose from a number of different options (length of time the ad will stay up, number of pages on the site it will appear on, etc), then check out using PayPal. Am I crazy to think that there will be many problems down the road with this? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre
on Sep 21, 2010 -
Wordpress filter: Is there a fairly simple way that I'm missing to restrict WP users from editing only the pages they're authorized to edit? [more inside]
posted by liquado
on Sep 15, 2010 -
I need a web browser (or firefox extension) that really, really, really disables caching. I want exactly what the server sends, every time I load a page. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Sep 15, 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 -
I'm a web developer with enough proven abilities to develop good stuff that end users like. I'm employed, but want to start a business with a couple of friends with complementary skill sets in the technical side of things. We'd like to create one or more web-based products used by small-to-mid-size businesses and/or individual consumers, paid for on a monthly basis using a "software as a service" model.
We've got more than enough combined development and graphical/UX design abilities, but we have no solid product ideas that we feel confident enough about to start doing the enormous amount of work involved in any of them. The main problem with any idea we get is this question: how on Earth do you convince anybody to pay you money for the product? [more inside]
posted by lifeless
on Sep 6, 2010 -
I've made websites for myself - Now I'm going to be making them for others, and need to know the best way to code and test their sites prior to launching them on my client's domains. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest
on Aug 3, 2010 -
Are you a web developer who works with Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Apache, Linux, jQuery and so forth? What (professional) blogs and news sites do you read? [more inside]
posted by fogster
on Jul 29, 2010 -
Building a super-simple database-driven website, from scratch - where to start? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi
on Jul 21, 2010 -
Practical web programming books & resources for the ultimate goal of creating a niche community website. [more inside]
posted by Wossname
on Jul 15, 2010 -
How much does it cost to have a full website designed? What are some specific figures for popular websites? I seem to recall that reddit.com was made by a freelancer for $5,000, and I'm interested in finding out the "price" of other websites.
posted by matkline
on May 1, 2010 -
I want to create a simple but dynamic Bible-reading web app from the ground up. I have very little web design and development experience. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Apr 22, 2010 -
Cross-platform web design / development for the next three years - What exactly do I need to learn, and where can I learn it? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest
on Apr 16, 2010 -
I am mentoring a college kid who wants to be a programmer. I am detail-oriented; he does the bare minimum
required to get the job done, but he gets things done. Am I right to push him toward thinking about doing project management rather than hands-dirty techie-developer type stuff? Or is he just lazy and needing to be schooled? [more inside]
posted by circular
on Feb 23, 2010 -
I want to help guide the development of "new" environmentalism... Where should I (educated/trained as an Ecologist) start on a career change into media (online/web development)? better explained... [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon
on Dec 9, 2009 -
What are some good IT-related, or editorial-related, blogs and sites on which to comment, so that if my name is Googled by potential employers, these comments will show in the search rankings? I'm not trying to get my name out there, what I'm trying to do is: kick some old and irrelevant Google search results down, so that relevant and current interests show up first. [more inside]
posted by citron
on Nov 11, 2009 -
posted by LoopyG
on Oct 9, 2009 -