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|So you want to code ? - Learning Resources|
Managing your forum takes more than just changing a few options in the Administration Panel. If you want to set your forum apart from others by adding new features, designs, etc.. then you'll need to learn the basics of web development. This topic will serve as a starting point by providing you with numerous sources to learn the skills necessary for becoming a web developer.
Note however this road is not an easy one.. it will require persistence, patience, and most of all.. practice ! ( or the three P's as I like to call it ) It's recommended that you study at your own pace, re-read as necessary, and study from multiple sources ! Below will be a path with links to different learning resources. It is recommended that you learn one skill at a time, starting with the first and then moving onto the next skill when you're satisfied with yourself.
The skills below are listed in the order that they should be studied in, and are the skills which can be utilized to improve your Forumotion forum.
Below are various tools that you can utilize to make working with code a whole lot easier.
1. HTML - Hyper Text Markup LanguageLearning Difficulty : Easy
HTML is the building blocks of webpages -- the skeleton so to speak -- and is used to form the structure and content of a site. This skill is absolutely necessary for building HTML pages, widgets, editing templates, etc.. for your forum, so it's recommend that you start with learning this language. Don't be intimidated though, HTML works very similarly to the bbcode we use when posting messages on the forum, so you shouldn't have too much trouble.
Below you'll find some links to different websites for learning HTML.
2. CSS - Cascading Style SheetsLearning Difficulty : Normal
CSS is generally used to make your HTML "pretty" by giving it colors, changing the font style, size, etc.. ( think of it as paint or makeup ) If you plan on designing awesome forum themes you definitely want to learn how to wield CSS, because you'll be using it a lot in your forum's stylesheet ! CSS is written very differently from HTML, so make sure you pay close attention to the rules for writing it ; Generally speaking it's like learning the grammar for a spoken language, but don't worry it's not that hard.
Below you'll find some links to different websites for learning CSS.
4. jQueryLearning Difficulty : Hard
1. DOM Inspector / Elements
2. Sources / Style Editor
Of course to have a full understanding of the devtools I suggest reading the documentation for your preferred browser.
The thing about coding is that it can sometimes be messy and hard to read, especially without proper formatting or syntax highlighting. That's why it's best to write your code in an environment that makes reading your code easier. Trust me, you don't want to write your code in the default notepad or the editor on the forum, so I'll list some tools below that make writing code easier.
That's all for now ! I wish you luck in your studies !! Also make sure to utilize the developer tools to their fullest -- don't be afraid to experiment with code.. be creative !!
|This tutorial was written by Ange Tuteur. If you think a certain resource should be added to this list feel free to contact me.|
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