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Trying to help a complete beginner get their bearings in web development

A relative is already a technical person (masters in electrical engineering) who is trying to switch careers and get into web development. I'm looking for good resources to get her up to speed on the building blocks of web dev. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Mar 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, 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 - 19 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there anywhere decent to look for freelance web work?

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 - 7 answers

Intensive programming "bootcamp" in California?

I'm interested in taking a month or possibly two off work and focusing intensely during that time on a very practical course of study related to web development. What are my options in California similar to this program? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Have Users Change a Running Python Script's Variables over the Web?

I'm writing a simple simulator with python and I would like to be able to have my users log in to the simulator over the internet and change their own set of variables. [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 22, 2013 - 14 answers

Wanted: WordPress website tutorial

What are the best online resources to guide me in developing a website using WordPress? [more inside]
posted by braemar on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 answers

I need to learn the basics of APIs

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 - 11 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

#wrapper { smart-level= 0% }

Please help me overcome this weird language hump I have with CSS. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 1, 2012 - 26 answers

Help a beginner learn Java/J2EE

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 - 4 answers

Browser based programming environment?

I want to set up a browser-based programming environment for my projects that I can access from the web whenever I'm not at home. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 14, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me populate a spreadsheet by scraping an RSS feed.

I would like to scrape information from an RSS feed into an Excel-readable text file for a completely legal non-copyright violating use. In a better world, I'd have access to the database that generates the feed, but since this ain't a perfect world it appears that scraping is my best bet. Are there tools that will help me automate this, or programming tutorials that will help me figure it out myself (it's been 15 years since I last write any code beyond simple SQL queries)? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them?

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 - 12 answers

Coding sample as part of a job application?

If I'm applying for a junior developer job in a web company, and they ask for a code sample along with the resume, what sorts of things would make a good sample? How much code is just enough/too little/too much? What would make a sample supergood, or the opposite? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What should this sort of project cost? How long should it take an experienced programmer to implement?

Freelance filter: how many hours should it take to put together a re turn tracking extension/plugin/module for an existing online store? What would you charge as an hourly rate? What would you charge for a flat fee? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Version control with automated deployment?

I'd like to start using source control for a website, with automated, one-click (or close to it) deployment. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Some questions about getting a web app developed

How to go about getting a web app developed? (and a few related questions) [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Nov 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Everything there is to know about programming and making websites, vol. 1

I want to learn about programming and making websites. Where to start, and how to proceed from there? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 14, 2011 - 18 answers

My wife wants to join me in geekdom!

Where might Ms.Yum go for web development training in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jul 9, 2011 - 3 answers

What language to write a multi-search utility in?

I want to write a tool for multiple-searching a site that only supports single-searches. What's the best implementation language? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Apr 4, 2011 - 7 answers

What IDEs / editors do you use for web development?

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 - 38 answers

Animation on the Web

I want to make a web app(let) that features interactive animation. What tools and knowledge do I need? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jan 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What are the top plugins and tools for web developers?

What are your favourite plugins, IDEs, tools and tricks for client side web development? I'd like to have a "tip of the week" or a "plugin of the week" spot in a course I'm delivering. Main content of the course is HTML5/JavaScript/CSS, with a bit of JQuery and Silverlight. [more inside]
posted by handee on Jan 15, 2011 - 15 answers

PHP Guys Up to Creating Modern Web Site?

Would it be a mistake to hire smart PHP-based web programmers to create a slick cutting-edge mainstream site? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 24, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me refactor our web application

What's the best way to break apart an asp.net c# web application? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Nov 11, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me hide my posts on Tumblr

Tumblr question: How can I set my tumblr page up so that people can only get to a post if they have the specific link for that post? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 27, 2010 - 1 answer

Python programming: what next?

I know basic XHTML and CSS, and I'm almost done with my first Python book. I want to build a database-driven website. What should I learn next? Book/website recommendations and general advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Sep 26, 2010 - 29 answers

Flash pointers for a Flex guy?

Flash pointers for a Flex guy? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Automate web site usage?

How do I automate interaction with a web site via a computer program? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Sep 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Practical web programming books & resources?

Practical web programming books & resources for the ultimate goal of creating a niche community website. [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jul 15, 2010 - 9 answers

image > image > image > image > end.

What's the simplest way to create a blank Web page, with a black and white image on it, which when clicked will load the next image in a sequence? Could this be a learning PHP project for me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Code Monkey Like Tab and Mountain Dew...and 40 Hours

What should I know transferring from public sector web design to private? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 6 answers

hyperlinking a named anchor in a different tab of the same page using jquery?

Using J-query for tabbed navigation, can you create a hyperlink to a bookmark (named anchor) somewhere in one tab from another tab on the same page? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Feb 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Learning Php in New York City

I would like to learn Php & Web Development programming by taking courses in NYC. Any advice, suggestions?
posted by chirico on Dec 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Which HTML/CSS/JS IDE do I want?

Which HTML/CSS/JS IDE do I want? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Any good books on web penetration testing?

Any good books on web penetration testing? [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Oct 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Where did my Little Java Link Go ?

I found a great Java programming site awhile back. I was given a programming task and could get immediate feedback on whether or not it was correct. Tasks were things like, test if two integers are equal and 'reverse a string'. It was targeted toward learning .. but I seem to recall the tasks had advancing levels of complexity. This is not Java BlackBelt. I can't believe I didn't bookmark it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by duckus on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Am I trying to take down a mammoth or a mouse?

I have an idea for a web project, but barely any knowledge of code. Can I teach myself enough to do this on my own over weeks or months, or is what I want to do so complicated it'd take years to learn everything I'd need to know? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 30, 2009 - 11 answers

Can you turn a website into a program?

Is there a way to embed a rendering engine (like webkit), mysql, and php into a program that talks to itself, not the internet? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jul 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Help in rendering Gmail 'Last Accounty Activity' useless.

Automatically login / logout of Gmail at a specified interval [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Jul 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at?

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

What programming language should I use for a Digg-like web site?

What programming language should I use for a Digg-like web site? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 15, 2009 - 14 answers

Pimp my CSS please. Before I kill myself.

I'm a designer and usually people do programming for me. I'm trying to teach myself how to customize Word Press themes all by myself though... and I thought I was doing pretty well. But then I had people look at it in other browsers. Yuck. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jun 12, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me be awesome in PHP/MySQL and make some user groups

Building a comment system, and looking for good introduction to managing groups and users with PHP/MySQL, or a prerolled "user management system". [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on May 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Mission: From pretty pictures to useful pictures

What are the best resources for me to look into if I want to create websites that support user-created information? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Apr 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Wikipedia Reliability Meter

I'd like to put together a Wikipedia Accuracy Meter - Perhaps a browser plug-in or a web page that attempts to give an estimate of the reliability of any given article at any given moment. Please come in for discussion of algorithm and technical hoo-ha to help me assess if this is a weekend project or a master's thesis.... [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Apr 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Machine, point me to food

Where's my food? How to make a web ap that tells me how to find vegetarian food easily? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Mar 16, 2009 - 17 answers

The trailing slash

What is the significance of the trailing slash in <foo/> as used for minor web programming? I'm guessing it's some sort of escape sequence, but what confounds me is that in the code where I often see it, <foo> often seems to work equally well. So what's the point? I see this dilemma frequently all kinds of Web stuff: PHP, Wikipedia templates, embedded code in VBulletin, etc, etc.
posted by crapmatic on Jan 15, 2009 - 10 answers

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