How to start learning HTML5?

Hello experts, I'm VB6 programmer and I'm planning to learn HTML5. What are the things I need to download? I'm using MSSQLServer for my vb6. Can i use this database server for HTML5? Any advice pls...
Whing Dela CruzAsked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
It sounds like you are starting at the very beginning.  

You have to understand that no matter the back end, the viewer is viewing rendered html.  With that in mind, you should start learning html and css.  Then get basic javascript under your belt followed by jquery and then I would go back for advanced javascript.  Jquery is a javascript library and will be easier if you have a basic undertanding of what javascript is.  You will use javascript/jquery for things like animation, transforming objects on the fly and ajax requests where you click something and the result just appears without a page refresh.

There are video tutorials here on EE, but I think getting your hands dirty is the best way. I have directed people to http://www.codecademy.com/ including my kid and the process makes it easy by reading chunks then practicing.   w3schools is also good as dave points out, just take the tests every time you read up on something.

There are playgrounds that easily let you practice code and bring in libraries such as jquery and bootstrap http://jsbin.com/.

Once you feel comfortable with rendering an html page, then move on to .NET or whatever server side language you want. http://www.asp.net/get-started  asp.NET or PHP are server side languages that perform calculations and database functions before the page  loads, then renders html as if it was hand written.  With that in mind, it is premuature to jump into a server side language such as .NET until you have a good understanding of front end HTML/CSS and jquery/javascript or you will be lost.

If all of this is overwhelming and you just want to get a site up and running, I would suggest http://squarespace.com/, wix.com, wordpress.com or weebley.com as they are all in one hosting and cms and front end solutions that get you up and running quickly with little experience.  If you want more control and host your self, there is wordpress.org to download wordpress to your own site.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can use the computer to learn HTML5 but not the database itself.  Are you planning to upgrade to ASP.NET?  If so you would download Visual Studio.  https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-express-vs.aspx  Note that HTML is not a programming language but just a page description language.  Also you can find a lot of info here: http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp
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Whing Dela CruzAuthor Commented:
Hi! dave Baldwin, Sorry but I need to ask this. If I upgrade to ASP.Net, the HTML5 is still necessary?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
HTML5 is probably used by ASP.NET and Visual Studio.  Note that no matter what your programming language on the server is, the display content is sent as HTML to the browser.  

HTML5 is built on the HTML that came before.  I suggest you look thru the info on http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp to become somewhat familiar with HTML.  If you are going to do web design and programming, there are quite a few technologies that you will eventually need to understand.
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Whing Dela CruzAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot scott fell, now I know where to start.
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