Learning lots about (X)HTML, CSS. & Dreamweaver. For example, I finished reading the Head First book (cover-to-cover, all 650 pages). Currently half-way thru the Lynda.com Essential training video for Dreamweaver CS3 (Creative Suite 3). Also reading the Missing Manual on Dreamweaver (~1,000 pages), which goes into more detail than the video. All great stuff.
Was surprised to read over at Coding Horror that the average programmer reads less than 1 (technical) book per year.
Given that tech books often contain ~1,000 pages, that doesn't mean Programmers aren't adding to their knowledge base. Yet I thought the number would be higher.
Note that it *is* possible to learn Dreamweaver (to create web pages) withOUT ever becoming familiar with the underlying technologies it uses (e.g. XHTML, CSS, etc.), but I feel better having spent the time to get a handle on those technologies before learning how to wield the tool (Dreamweaver).
My web skills are vasty improved over what they were a few months ago. I would feel comfortable designing and developing most any type of site .. except one that is primarily database-driven. (But that, too, is coming.)
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I enjoy learning about technology and the tools that use them. Very powerful. My only frustration is that I can't cram it into my head faster. It's not the type of info you can breeze thru, like a novel. It needs to be processed. Plus there are practice exercises to do (which reinforce the learning process).
Back in the day, the term web master meant you knew a little HTML. Today, more is required. And the skill-set continues to expand. Until recently, I've focused primarily on producing unique content, largely ignoring (much as possible) the underlying web technologies. That's changing.
I'm itching to design a completely new home page — from scratch — using the cool new stuff I've learned these past months .. but I'm staying focused, contining to enhance my skill-set. Easier to stay in a groove, once it's developed.
Interesting that many of the articles which discuss the skill-set required for today's webmaster place good writing at (or near) the top of their list.
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