Ok, so it’s probably fairly obvious that this article isn’t going to supply you with everything there is to know about computers and web development, there’s just way too many subject areas and disciplines to cover, each of which require different skills, knowledge and ability. Well that, and I’m rather busy!
Instead, I’m going to provide you with some links to some of the best web and computer related tutorials on the web, so that you can teach yourself!
I realise that this post might not initially seem relevant to everyone and that it might sound like it’s just aimed at web designers and developers, but that’s not the case. Yes it’s web and computer focused, but no matter what field you’re in, thinking of entering, or currently studying in, you can be certain that computers, technology and the web are already there!
No matter what you’ve learnt and what you think you know, the world is an ever changing place, and as it changes, it expects new and different things from us. Upskilling keeps you fresh and relevant, even if you feel old and tired or young and inexperienced! 😉
So… on with the tuts! (tutorials)
First up: http://hub.tutsplus.com
I wanted to mention this one first because it has such a wide range of tutorials covering multiple topics, from design & illustration, music & audio, photography and game development, to general computer skills and even arts & crafts.
The same network of tutorials as the previous site but at a premium for more involved and specialist tutorials.
Then there’s: http://www.lynda.com
Lynda is a very well known tutorial site helping you to learn at your own pace, finding answers and boosting your skills with online video tutorials. Great scope of subjects and areas covered.
Oooh this one’s good: http://www.codecademy.com
In my opinion, this one’s great, it’s obviously focused more on just learning web technologies but the way it talks you through, learning step by step and writing code as you go along is brilliant! I found this a great way to learn and I’m still actively using the site to learn new things.
And this one: http://tympanus.net/codrops
Another one of my favourites, a great site with tutorials, tips, collective articles and a playground area experimenting with the latest web technologies and seeing what can be achieved in the browser.
Here’s another: http://tutorialzine.com
More web development tutorials covering a range of technologies and keeping up with the trends, great quality and easy to follow.
Next up: http://www.tutorial9.net
A great tutorial site and collection of resources for designers, developers and photographers.
Then try: http://www.instructables.com
Amazing site, just type in what you want to learn, or rather make, and instantly you’ll have a multitude of options, so cool!
How you ask? http://www.ehow.com
A more bloggy and relaxed tutorial site, offering simple tips on how to tackle tasks you might not be used to or unfamiliar with. The site is divided into core interest areas such as home, style, food, tech, crafts etc, so it’s easy to find the type of tutorials and tips you’re after.
Useful articles on everyday computer related issues. Looking into things ahead of time or before things go wrong and learning new tricks, can help make you better prepared, a quicker learner in the future and a better problem solver.
Please note that the sites mentioned here have been selected for their quality, ease of use, and to offer as broader range of options for varying abilities as possible! They are by no means the only option, or the best in all circumstances but will hopefully introduce you to something new, or on your pathway to something else.
Go learn something new!