I know there are a few related posts to this but I don't want to hijack anyone else's beginning programming thread!
I've worked in IT Support for 10 years and I'm now bored with it!
My background is in Server & Network Admin as well as User support.
For the past few years I have messed about with Access, even compiled my own program! So I am fairly OK with databases and structure etc... Can also hack together some VB code and SQL.
Have also used Joomla and Wordpress and have a couple of websites up and running.
Anyway, I have a passion for Web Development. I want to create CMS sites, Web Applications and even "brochure pages".
I also want to stay away from Microsoft technologies - too expensive and would prefer to stay away from large organisations where you are sucked into the Corporate Abyss! My focus is on either Freelance or a Small Development Team.
So I have decided to enrol myself in the CIW Web Development Professional Course.
I know Portfolios and Code snippets are the way to go in the Dev business but its also nice to have Certs for freelance and morale too.
The CIW course lacks the ability to learn MySQL, instead going for db theory in the Database Specialist Course.
The thing is, I need to learn MySQL to get my Web Dev Career kickstarted and I do intend to learn PHP.
So if anyone can point me in the direction of a decent MySQL/PHP course or even offer me any Career Development advice I would be grateful. Sorry that the post is long and winding!
1. HTML (Have Basic Knowledge)
2. CSS (Have Basic Knowledge)
3. Databases, Networks & Server (Seasoned Pro!
4. Visual Basic & Microsoft SQL (Have Good Knowledge)
5. Joomla (Good - Well it is point and click!)
6. Wordpress (Good - Even less point and click!)
7. Salesforce (Good - Point and Click like Joomla & WP!)
Proposed Career Path
5. Any other recommendations or amendments..?