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9th December 2007, 17:42
Today I've been racking my tiny brain, OH wants to know what I want "really" for Christmas.

I've oftgen thought I'd be quite good at web developing! I dont know why, I just do. I've dabbled in front page and had a tiny website a year or 2 ago, just to practise. Now there is a new version, product, available from Microsoft (Expression) and I'd love to buy it and have a go, but it's really expensive.
I know what I'm like, if I cant work it out myself, I give up......so I want to know is, where can I? What can I do? re "training" for this product to make sure I use it properly, and really fullfil an ambition of mine to have a cool as pants website?

Can't do full time college, doubt I could do part time (I'll look into it) Could do distance learning, but need a steer in the right direction, and a kick up the bum.
If I can lay out a good plan, OH will surely buy as a Chrimbo prezzie!

Anyone have any ideas, advice?

9th December 2007, 17:44
Sorry can't give you any advice but I just wanted to wish you luck!!!

9th December 2007, 18:11
Hey deedee,
depending on where you are, you might be able to find some one day computer courses to suck it and see, so to speak. I know our local college runs these sort of events, so might be worth looking into.

If you have the discipline, you might find something online through learndirect. http://www.learndirect.co.uk/ I haven't used them myself, but know others who have, the only trouble is there isn't anyone to ask if you get stuck. Another one to try is Pitman Training http://www.pitman-training.com/, we have a centre locally and its good as you can spend half an hour or so there, but there is someone trained on hand if you get stuck.

Also worth remembering that if you are registered as a student you may be able to get discounts on the software you want.... I know I did this for full microsoft office suite this year.

Hope this helps, post again and I'll see if theres anything else I can come up with.

9th December 2007, 18:34
Hi DeeDee, I've just had a word with my O/H who does a lot of professional web development and he advises you go for adobe dreamweaver which is the industry standard software. It's a little more expensive than expressions but it's much more widely used. You can use it as a WYSIWYG editor or you can really get into it and use it to raw code.

Either way to be honest the web development courses aren't really worth it unless you need/want a qualification. If it's something you want to make a career out of you don't actually need a qualification, a portfolio of work is usually enough to display your talents. So your best bet as far as training is concerned is to get some books and work through them at your own pace. Again, my O/H recommends Friends of Ed or the O'Reilly range of books but a good starting point would be Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team. A good knowledge of CSS will also come in handy so a book specialising in that would be helpful too.

HTH and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

9th December 2007, 18:50
Good luck Dee. I have some experience (albeit limited!!) of Dreamweaver and found it a fantastic starting point for learning! You really can do such a lot with it from day one! xxx

9th December 2007, 18:53
I have heard Dreamweaver is very good. I think the webmaister of the club I dabble with uses it.

9th December 2007, 21:41
Thanks guys and gals, knew I'd get some good responses. I'll have a dabble of Dreamweaver, I used Frontpage on my very first web page. But you know when your mind races so fast with ideas, there is no way you can physically keep up with it, well that's me!