What courses necessary to become a Web Developer?

Can someone please tell me what courses/programming languages are necessary to learn web development? Especially, at www.ed2go.com/ccri, there are non-credit courses which are very good(I've taken some, all were excellent).....please list which of the offerings would assist me.

Also, what is the difference between a web developer/designer/programmer? Thanks in advance.
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These are a few of the relevant searches on the site you linked:


As for the difference between the three, it really depends on who you ask.  To a bean counter or administrative person, all three are usually synonymous.  In technical circles, though, a developer and programmer are generally synonymous while a designer stands separately.  A developer/programmer deals with the functionality of the site while a designer deals with the layout of the site.

In reality, though, you will find that not many people specialize in just the functionality or design of a site, usually they wear the many hats associated with the overall process of designing, creating, implementing and maintaining a website.


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Tapan PattanaikSenior EngineerCommented:
Hi sheana11,

Basic thing you have to know if you choose web developer in  Microsoft Platform

2- CSS
3- JavaScript
4- JQuery
6- C#
7- SQL Server.
Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
a lot of depends on what you want to do. are you more of a creative person that likes making things look nice, if so, you probably want to gear towards web design. if you're more logic oriented, then building functionality using web development techniques is probably for you. like stated above, development/programming is geared towards how things work on a site (filling out a form, searching, drawing a picture, etc) and design is how the site looks and flows from page to page.

as for what to learn, you'll need to know html and css as the bare basics if you're leaning toward design, with javascript a close 3rd. For web development, any server side language would do, one isn't necessarily better than another, it's all a matter of preference. asp .net is big right now, as is php and java. if this is to help further your professional career, then you'll want to research other "popular" languages besides what I listed to see what the market is calling for.

And remember, there's no reason why you can't learn both!
sheana11Author Commented:
Thanks so much, Experts. This was EXTREMELY helpful!
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