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New to CSS5 - Training Advice

Oct 17, 2010 12:32 PM

Firstly being new to Adobe products this past week I hope I'm placing this question for advice in the correct space. I am fortunate enough to have parted with my full time job recently and have decided to retrain myself as a web developer, initially building a site for a college and then hopefully for some other local businesses etc. The type of sites that I will be looking to build will include flash etc to make the sites modern and compelling for people to view as well as being easy to operate. (by trade I'm a senior IT programme manager)

 

Having chosen CSS5 Web Premium I decided to start training with the Adobe Classroom in a book series as I felt this would suit my style of learning. The initial course that I'm currently undertaking is for Dreamweaver and I hope to have completed the course and started to build a demo project in the next week or so.

 

My question is given the types of sites I want to build and the fact that I have 3 to 4 months of training time availabe to me which CSS5 products should I invest time in learning next, Flash Catalyst, Fireworks, Photoshop, Flash Pro? I'm keen to ensure that initialy I learn the products that wil allow me to build sites of interest and incorporate as much functionality as possible.

 

Look forward to responses

 
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  • Sterling Ledet
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    Oct 17, 2010 3:49 PM   in reply to rob_hawk

    You stated you wanted to be a web developer. Typically, that terms is somewhat distinguished from web designer. Web developer implies more programming oriented (think ecommerce, login systems, databases, etc.) while web designer indicates more of a focus on graphic design. If you are interested in web design, which it seems based on your suggestion, I'd suggest Fireworks as the next product to learn after Dreamweaver. You can also use Photoshop, which is more well rounded for other types of design projects such as print and video. Fireworks is more optimized for web design though.

     

    If you are actually interested in web development, you should probably learn PHP.

     

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  • Sterling Ledet
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    Oct 18, 2010 4:15 AM   in reply to rob_hawk

    You can design and develop using CS5 for sure, but not everything you want is easily done out of the box.

     

    For the estore side of things, you'll need some sort of shopping cart. You might want to try something like http://www.fatfreecart.com/. For a forum, you can go with http://www.phpbb.com/

     

    Back to the original question, I'd suggest Fireworks after Dreamweaver.

     

    Check out the workflow process diagram at: http://www.utexas.edu/learn/designprocess/

     

    While that's for large, multi-disciplined teams, it will give you some idea of the order of the web design and development process, and should help you select which product it makes sense to train on first.

     

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  • Sterling Ledet
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    Oct 18, 2010 7:15 AM   in reply to rob_hawk

    Particularly when getting started, templates are highly recommended. I'd suggest checking out http://dreamtemplate.com/

     

    If you don't mind marking this forum question as answered, i'd appreciate it.

     

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