Web Building Primer
Every Web developer has to know the building blocks of the Web:
- How the WWW works
- The HTML language
- The use of CSS (style sheets)
- The XML standards
- Server Scripting technologies
- Managing data with SQL
WWW - The World Wide Web
The WWW is a network of computers all over the world. The WWW is most often
called the Web.
The computers on the Web communicate using standard protocols and languages.
The W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) are making the rules and standards
for the Web.
Study our WWW Primer
HTML - The Language of the Web
HTML is the language of the Web, and every Web developer should have a basic
understanding of it.
With HTML you use "markup tags" to define the content and layout of your Web
The HTML tag <h1> defines a primary header, and <p> defines a paragraph.
Study our HTML Primer or
Study our Complete HTML
CSS - Cascading Style Sheets
Styles define how HTML elements are displayed, just like the <font> tag in
When styles are saved in external files, you can change the
style and appearance of all the
HTML pages in your Web, just by changing your CSS document.
If you have ever tried
to change the font or color of all the headings in all your Web
pages, you will understand how CSS can save a lot of work.
Study our CSS Primer or Study our Complete CSS tutorial
To be able to deliver more dynamic web site content, you should teach yourself
statement like this: document.write("<p>" + date + "</p>") can write a
variable text into an HTML page.
XML - Extensible Markup Language
XML is not a replacement for HTML. XML is used to describe and transport
data, while HTML is used to display data.
XML and a number of different XML standards are rapidly becoming the most
common tools for data transmission, data storing, and data manipulation.
Study our XML Primer or Study our Complete XML Tutorial
Server Side Scripting
Server-side scripting is about "programming" the Web server.
To be able to deliver
more dynamic web site content, you should teach yourself
With server-side scripting, you can (amongst many other things) access databases and return the results to a browser.
Study our Scripting Primer or
Study our Complete ASP tutorial, or
our Complete PHP tutorial.
Managing Web Data with SQL
The Structured Query Language (SQL) is the common standard for accessing databases such as
SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and Access.
Any webmaster should know that SQL is the true engine for interacting with databases
on the Web.
Study our SQL Primer or Study our Complete SQL tutorial
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