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Post #: 26
Have been doing research & in a couple different places, it was stated that one should master a version of HTML first before attempting PHP. One site said HTML5; another specified XHTML (if I got the name right). Does anyone here agree with that, or not? Why or why not? Am just trying to learn this with the least amount of wasted time & energy.
David R.
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Austin, TX
Post #: 1
As a self educated PHP programmer / web developer, there are MANY technologies you need to grasp.
HTML, HTML5 and XHTML are flavors of the language a browser (internet explorer, Firefox...) interprets to load a web page on a users computer screen.
Anyone has to speak French, German or Italian a while before they're good at it. Aptitude helps but persevere.
Like a foreign language, HTML is just a start for the technologies you'll need. There's php, SQL, javascript, CSS coders use all the time. I just started exploring PDO (PHP Data Objects) which is an "object oriented" extension of PHP that offers a secure way to interact with a database and protect a database from a cyber attack or malicious user. There's AJAX, XML and other technologies that are useful too. Too many to name.
My recommendation to you is to find a web page / text editor (like Dreamweaver but there are others) on a trial basis. The learning curve (and benefits) vary with different editors.
Set up a developer environment on your computer (Apache server, PHP and MySQL)
Take on a project or idea you dreamed up - something simple.
Make it happen on a browser.
Explore online resources (like you're doing now).
Explore a tutorial books and just work through them.
Explore sites like http://www.lynda.com/...­ for tutorial videos
You could also take a class depending on your learning style, time and financial resources.

There's too much out there to learn it all. Take a bite of the apple. Chew. Digest. Grow. Take another bite.... Lot's of apples.
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