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New to development, and the site, and need some advice.

4:40 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi I am extremely new to the wonderful world of web development. I have been poking around at it for a year or so and have decided to switch paths rather drastically to pursue this field, previously wanted to be a chef. Needless to say I have gotten hooked, but I barely know anything about the field yet as a whole.

I have started teaching myself html as a starting block and will be taking intro level classes in web design/development this fall at my local community college. Through looking at the differences in web design, development and webmaster fields I have noticed that I most likely will be a developer, though webmaster is still an option. I do plan to learn a little about design and will be learning the basics of photoshop in my course work, but coding is where my true interest lies.

For a while I was debating if I should switch from PC to Mac as I go about learning the trade. Having viewed a handful of discussions across the web I have decided that for now it will probably be best to stay a PC user, which brings me to the next issue. What kind of specs should I get when buying my new laptop.

I would be less inclined to get the optimized specs if I was going to have a desktop along with my laptop, but that isn't the case. So since my primary tool for running all of these softwares is a laptop I could use some advice. I know I will be running Dreamweaver/Fireworks and Photoshop off of this laptop, but I don't know just how taxing any of these softwares will be on the system.

It would make sense to get a decent graphics card to run photoshop on but beyond that I am at a loss. Keep in mind I am wanting minimal specs to keep the computer from lagging not the highest end super fast build that will put me into debt for the next 20 years of my life. I also realise I could be over analyzing the issue as well I just want to get off on the right foot.

Beyond the advise of what kind of computer specs I should look into I also have a desire to learn from those with experience. So please feel free to share any words of wisdom I could learn from as I start my journey into this field. I hope to grow in many ways along the journey and hope your guidance and advise will prove to be the firm foundation I need to reach the end whenever and wherever that may be.
5:57 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If you want to be a developer, I would recommend Linux. I started a thread about this in the Linux forum.

You do not need a powerful laptop. Web graphics are much lower resolution than print, so are lighter to process.

Learn to code HTML in a text editor. Do not use Dreamweaver (at least for now).

If you want to be a web developer learn to program first. See if you like this. You should read this:

12:00 pm on June 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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You need good and real tools. It is easy if web development is your passion. You need skills to start web developing. There are so many Free way that you need for development of website.Some company provide different software.

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