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I’ve written before about one of my favorite sites on the web for quickly learning web development skills: W3Schools. All of the tutorials housed at the site are free, and they’re designed to equip you with useful skills very quickly, so that you don’t have to […]

I’ve written before about one of my favorite sites on the web for quickly learning web development skills: W3Schools. All of the tutorials housed at the site are free, and they’re designed to equip you with useful skills very quickly, so that you don’t have to become a complete expert on, say, CSS (cascading style sheets) in order to start getting impressive results with it. The site has added quite a lot of good tutorials and is worth a visit even if you’ve been there before.

Here are some tips on how to get good results out of W3Schools.

Try Hands-On Examples. Recently, an old friend contacted me about wanting to change styles and layouts on his web site, but he didn’t know exactly how to go about it. I directed him to W3Schools’ CSS tutorial, found here. It lets you build your own CSS examples and publish them to see how your results will look. For example, here is an example of script for changing background colors, where you can enter your own variations. This allowed my friend to get what he wanted done without learning everything about CSS. W3Schools has hands-on tutorials like this for AJAX, PHP, JavaScript, and much more.

Look For Cutting-Edge Tutorials. The tutorials at W3Schools get regularly updated, and you can even find tutorials on development tools that are working revisions of existing standards, such as this one on HTML 5. You can also validate any pages where you may feel you don’t grasp all of the underlying tools you’re using, as seen here. The examples at the site also get updates. You can find many good AJAX examples here.

Use the Reference Guides. W3Schools provides a lot more than just tutorials. You can find full reference guides to W3C standards such as HTML, XML and more. For example, even if you’re an HTML whiz, you may still appreciate this quick reference.  Or, take a look at this reference to PHP Array Functions.

W3Schools has thousands of tutorials, so it’s worth spending some time digging into many of them. I’ve used the site many times to quickly pick up a new skill or solve a problem on a site.

  1. Thanks for the tip. These are great tutorials. I like that they are standards based. Training budgets are tight, and these are a good way to build skills.

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  2. [...] Tips on Using W3Schools’ Web Development Tutorials | Web Worker Daily | Samuel Dean | 4 December 2008 [...]

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  3. Great for a quick reference, but <a href=”http://htmldog.com/”HTML Dog should not go unmentioned in this article.

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  4. Great for quick reference, but HTML Dog should not got unmentioned in this article.

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  5. As far as I know the site W3 School was developed by W3.org and its experts. Am I right?

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  6. syed ahmed irfan Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Hi,
    I want to knowt the steps to create a web page by using HTML,DHTML,VBSCRIPT,JAVASCRIPT,PHP,MYSQL.Please send me replay each and every steps in details. as soon as possible

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  7. [...] answer: W3Schools.com. How would I rate the quality level of this answer? My answer to that is in this post that I wrote here on WWD.  As you can see from the post, the very first recommendation I made there for learning CSS was [...]

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  8. To WebDeveloper:

    Actually, the w3schools.com site was not developed by w3.org and its experts.

    w3schools.com was developed by a group of programmers from Norway. This is what it says on their about page: http://w3schools.com/about/about_refsnes.asp

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  9. Hi
    I hv a problem when running a web application on server 2003 and using crystal reports ,there is error:access deniy Temp folder(temp is a folder in which report is stored) . Although its running successfuly on XP.
    How to access that temp folder????

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  10. [...] things. If you’re looking for education specific to, say, markup languages, CSS and the like, W3Schools is a good place to turn for exhaustive free lessons. However, if you’re looking for articles that can extend your [...]

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