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What's the best way to spend my off-time to become a web developer

Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I'm a C# developer with an emphasis on WinForms but the desire to develop for the web.  I just started a 6 month contract doing Windows development using Model-View-Presenter, OOP, TFS and the Infragistics tool kit.  I will have plenty of off-time which I'd like to use to maximize my employability mid-next year, when I may be back on the market.  And I see a lot more web jobs than Windows and imagine the importance of developing for the web will be that much more important in 6 months.

I have used ASP.NET a bit and know some JavaScript, but am doubtful I could compete for a job on the ASP.NET 2.0 platform, since there are so many very experienced developers with more skills than me. So I am considering making a major time commitments to the MVC Framework currently in beta.  

It seems that by embracing the MVC architecture for web design, I can leverage my experience with OOP and have less of a need to learn JavaScript.  Is this true?

I intend to architect a website and build it to be quite robust and play around with porting the non-GUI portion to other platforms, just to test the viability of making my code more platform independent. What technologies am I missing if I want to create a website that's truly cutting edge?

I would appreciate your comments on my plans.  I have what I think is a great resource at my disposal: time.  But I don't want to fritter it away by being too obtuse with my strategy.  I hope to hear multiple opinions and suggestions about the best way to fill my limited time with learning the best tools to prepare me for the future.

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