Where in Tallahassee, FL can I learn Web Development?

I'm a Business Administration major from Florida State University and I want to learn some more computer skills so I can add them to my resume and make myself more marketable for a job.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm sorry I can't help you much with Tallahassee specifically, but what I can tell you about web development is that unless you are doing very, very simple sites for very, very small companies, these days there are basically two disciplines to actual, serious web development. You can be a designer, in which case you need to focus your efforts first on graphic design and THEN on web dev. Or you can be a programmer and, similarly, you can't learn to develop serious web code until you already know the ins and outs of programming, building and using databases, etc. Web development has gotten very technical over the last 5 years or so.

    As a business major, what you might want to do rather than actually get into the nuts and bolts of being a code jock or an artist, is to focus your energies on theory and strategy, or project management. Project Management is project management. If you want to become an expert in that, go to the Project Management Institute site (below) and look up how to become PMP certified.

    If you want to get into strategy, however, that's a different subject. I'm not sure how successful you would be in finding a useful curriculum anywhere, let alone in Tallahassee, FL. It is still changing and evolving so quickly! Where would you find classes that talk about Web 2.0 and all the new things that ubiquitous high-speed connectivity and the newer technologies (like what Google Maps uses to be able to slide the map around) are letting companies do?

    I htink if you want to get into strategy, you might be best off to create your own "masters degree" program. Figure out how much time and money you can afford to spend on educating yourself in this particular area and then just start. Personally, I would start by reading a year's worth of Wired Magazine and some of the Internet or new economy oriented trade magazines. Use those as your "freshman survey course" to decide what things you feel you need to know. You're going to want to have a basic understanding of the major technologies from HTML on up. You're going to want to learn some about content management, knowledge management, user interface design, web advertising, venture capital, web history, the people and places, all that kind of stuff. Don't be afraid to spend some of your education money at Amazon.com either. There are a lot of books on web strategy and all the different aspects of it.

    If you approach your "education" that way, you'll certainly be able to talk the talk better. From there it is a matter of getting that first job and learning to walk the walk!

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