[thelist] Career Help

Vel Pillai vel.pillai at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 09:22:53 CDT 2007

Hi Nancy,
>From my experience. the absolute best way to acquire/update skills is to
learn "trial-by-fire".
Create some sample application something you might use for work or for
yourself using a skill you want to acquire say, PHP/ Mysql.

O'reilly publications sells some great web development books.


http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/webdbapps2/  (At a professional level, I find
this book to be very useful)

Good Luck!
Web Developer

On 3/30/07, Barney Carroll <barney at textmatters.com> wrote:
> Hassan Schroeder wrote:
> > On 3/30/07, Nancy Johnson <nancychristine49 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > Sorry, this seems awfully vague, but --
> >
> >>   What would be the best way to update these skills?
> >
> > uh, however *you* learn best?
> >
> > Buy a book, work through a tutorial online, take a class, join a user
> > group. How would you *like* to update them?
> I don't know just how much like the UK the US is, but from over here I'd
> say definitely /don't/ join any courses.
> The number of people I've met of my age (20) who've come out of uni
> qualified for web design... Are usually at a disadvantage because
> they've spent formative years under the impression that they've been
> learning useful stuff. Educating these people is a lot like rehab for
> children of strong Catholic persuasions.
> Get some skills, learn what you're dealing with, is what I tell them.
> I'm not saying you're in that position, but as far as I've seen,
> paid-for education on the subject of this grand cyberweb of ours is
> about as good as the blurb for /Dreamweaver for dummies/.
> Subscribing to this list is a good start. My general advice goes along
> the lines of
> - Subscribe to evolt.org's, Eric Meyer's and the WSG's lists, and
> alistapart.com's RSS.
> - Get Jeremy Keith's /DOM Scripting/ - http://domscripting.com/book/.
> - Download Firefox and the Web Developer and Firebug extensions.
> If you want to get into PHP, I'd recommend downloading and installing
> something like Mambo and experimenting. Set yourself tasks. Always have
> your mind on a desired result, and play about with the code to see if it
> gets close.
> Experimenting and talking to others is always the best way to learn.
> Corporate IT education is useless except for learning the logic behind
> MS Office menus.
> Regards,
> Barney
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