February 27th, 2014, 08:24 PM
I want to build social web applications. Where should I start?
I want to (eventually) learn to build social webapps -- I'm interested in chat and instant messaging especially.
My problem is I don't know where to begin. I'm confident in my ability to learn, but I don't know anything about network protocols and web databases or even really the name of the topic I should be looking for resources on.
Can anybody recommend some books or resources aimed at beginners that deal with developing web applications specifically -- regardless of language?
Or should I just start learning a web application framework like Ruby-on-Rails from a class or a book?
If my goal is just to build neat little proof-of-concept apps that aren't necessarily optimized for massive numbers of users, what theoretical topics should I try to learn about and which are overkill?
Any ideas of where to start would be appreciated -- I've googled and googled and I just can't figure out the steps I need to take. Thanks for reading this.