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The next logical step ..Book recommendation for web devolopment

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Posted Nov 18 2010 05:24 AM

Hello :)

i have just finished reading "Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML" by Eric and Elisabeth Freeman it was my first book regarding web development

my goal is to create an online store that delivers for my local city also let people create store online in my site ( kind of like simple version of eBay for my local city )

im not sure what the next step(or in other words next book) is do i jump to web application or learn more CSS /html ?

also what web application is best suited for my idea/site i heard there is many for example php,Javascript , java im not sure what to pick

holiday is next month im looking to order many books from amazon and start learning .

(Thank you for your time and sorry for my bad English )

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  sarahkim's Photo
Posted Nov 18 2010 03:51 PM

This question has been asked a couple of times before. Please check out the responses and let us know if you're still unsure what to do next.

Just finished HTML/CSS, which would be the next best book?

Best book

What To Read After Head First Html?
  mpa_'s Photo
Posted Nov 21 2010 01:47 PM

Thank you

i have read the topics but my question is more related to the site idea i have mentioned
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Posted Nov 24 2010 12:00 PM

If your goal is to set up an online store, I'd definitely recommend looking at the "store builder" products that are out there. Implementing a full-on shopping cart and payment system yourself is a huge challenge even for a more advanced web developer!

For example, yahoo and ebay both have store builder products you can use to build an online store that uses their payment systems. You will need to know some HTML, CSS and possibly a little Javascript to customize your store, but that's it - all the rest is taken care of behind the scenes.

If you're set on building your own store from scratch, you'll need a server-side programming language, a database and an agreement with a company like PayPal to get going. I'd recommend Java or PHP for the backend, with a DB like MySql. So you could go to Head First PHP & MySql, or Head First Java to get started and go from there.

I hope this helps!


Elisabeth Robson
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Posted Dec 05 2010 02:47 AM

For your next step towards your goal you'll probably need to learn a back-end language such as PHP, and a database such as MySQL. For this you may find that "Learning PHP, MySQL & Javascript" will take you to the next level, while "Head First PHP & MySQL" is another good title you should check out.
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Posted Nov 28 2012 12:33 AM

I think you should first learn MS-SQL Server for database purpose.It is very good for e-commerce websites as you want to develop. and very easy to learn also.