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Post by noivad » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:12 am

Not that anyone cares but I have been busy improving my web skills the last 9 months, and it is the main reason I am scarce around CL these days. I would love to be able to play the game more than once every few weeks, but priorities have changed from: "Spend free time relaxing and playing CL" to "spend free time learning new skills and updating current skills." This is relevant to post because it relates to CL. See, many moons ago I was handed and I figured people would request space (since my account is unlimited) to host CL blogs, instructional pages, macros, whatever. But no one has. I was given the time line that CJ Parker did, but I wanted to revamp it.

So, I decided to investigate techniques to make the site interactive so players could link content from their site and tag it to dates in the CL calendar, or make content, etc. Of course, not being formally instructed on development when I sat down to actually do it, I found a decent number of "holes" in my knowledge. Development it has always been a fun past time with the occasional lightweight development job that didn't require much in he way of new skills (my older skills did the job nicely, and it has been years since the underlying technology has been updated. But CSS3 and HTML5 are finally widely supported). So, up until recently I got by with reading books and learn just what I needed to in order to write the scripts or the code needed. The thing is just making static sites is pretty boring to me now. I would like to make a modern PHP site complete with AJAX, CSS3, etc. The thing is I want to do it right. So, I have been researching proper development practices and updating my skill set. After a few months I came to the conclusion that I should probably go back to school for a second degree, but unfortunately my university is not accepting 2nd Degree applicants, and won't be anytime soon.

With that said, if anyone knows of complete and concise resource for an intermediate level OOP PHP5.x, beginning Zend2, patchy experience AJAX with PHP, please let me know. Books are very helpful, but a course of study would be better. I know that Stanford has free video courses in programming techniques as well as resources such as W3schools, the RFCs on W3C or more general ones like Khan Academy. I know some of you guys have doctorates or masters degrees in CS, so your help would be appreciated greatly. Thanks.
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