w3schools.com

Sunday, October 25, 2009
While looking for information on HTML coding, and also XML coding, — my interest has been renewed due to the CSS and XML coding in the new blog templates I'm using — I happened across w3schools.com. I've some knowledge of HTML and CSS coding, but my knowledge of CSS extremely limited. However, w3schools.com has tons of tutorials, covering (in addition to the previously mentioned items) XHTML, TCP/IP, JavaScript, PHP and ASP, SQL and Database, and more.

Their tutorials are free. I'm unemployed. I've got lots of time, and I could spare a little time each day to learn some of these things — perhaps an hour each day.

Also, w3schools.com has an online Certification Program. These are free, too. They say their "tutorials are recommended reading in over 100 Universities and High schools all over the world," and they provide a brief list of some of the schools along with links to pages showing the recommendation. For example, this page at the University of Alabama lists w3schools.com as one of their HMTL resources.

I've been having difficulty finding work in my own field of expertise — telecommunications — and over the years I've come to loathe telecom. I do have an interest in things Internet-related, so thoughts of changing careers have crept in. I don't know how easy it would be to make a change of this sort, but w3schools.com does offer a free and convenient way to get started. If their online courses are recognized by many universities, then perhaps their certification programs also carry some weight in the job market. Certainly the knowledge I would gain would carry weight in the eyes of an employer.

I think this is worth looking into.

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