Is HTML a good way to learn programming?

Canada
February 28, 2009 1:19pm CST
In my personal opinion, no. HTML is no where near any programming language I know, it doesn't teach the theory or logic of programming either. Although you could argue that the best way to learn programming is to go from HTML to CSS to Javascript to PHP to something like C#. But I think the best way is to learn what you want to learn straight away. What about you mylotters?
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
3 Mar 09
killer, I learned HTML when I was on WebTV. I had gotten the Web just to be on the internet and email, but I was getting email from people that had some beautiful signatures and music to it. I was hooked. I had to learn how to do it. I would have never thought that I could learn scripting. I never knew that was how it was done. There was a great community of HTML scripters that taught me everythng that I needed to learn and they were very patient about it. From there I went from doing my own email sigs to doing web pages. I learned everythng that there was to learn with HTML, but never went further than that. I miss doing it and from time to time I will try my hand at it in a test bed just to see if I still remember it all. HTML is the best way to start out and build from there if scripting is what you want to learn how to do. DCMerkle
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• Canada
3 Mar 09
Wow, I like that stoty very much. Thank you for the reply, and I think you have changed my mind.
@fjgamer (543)
• United States
28 Mar 09
I remember WebTV. I would have been influenced by that, too, but I was already into HTML when I got WebTV, and I honestly preferred my desktop with its mouse to the TV remote and the tabbed navigation. Gawd, WebTV was hard to use! As for the signatures, yeah, some were nice, but only a few of them were HTML-powered; most were just ASCII art.
@peavey (16905)
• United States
28 Feb 09
It depends on what you want to do. You can't use Javascript to do some of the things that HTML can do, and CSS works within the framework of HTML. What benefit would it be to create a CSS file and have nothing to point it at? I think HTML is the place to start, then the others are more or less add ons.
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@peavey (16905)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Thanks for "best response.":)
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@fjgamer (543)
• United States
28 Mar 09
CSS can be used without any HTML, with exception to the div tags and the body and heading, and the only reason that stuff doesn't change: backward compatibility. (Damn old browsers. They hold us back.)
• Hong Kong
22 Mar 09
I agree with you, HTML got nothing related to programming like programming flow or object oreinted programming concept. And if you start learning programming from PHP, you will learn a very bad programming style indeed. However, if you want to learn about XML, then HTML would be quite a good starting tools. HTML is easy to understand and contains a formatted structure of XML
@fjgamer (543)
• United States
28 Mar 09
PHP isn't a bad starting point. It's only really useful for server side programming, though. As for making games or other apps, I think Python's a very good start.
@moneymommy (3419)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I think if your going to learn programming HTML is a good place to start.
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@fjgamer (543)
• United States
28 Mar 09
HTML isn't programming; it's mark-up. HTML, like CSS, is used as a way to tell a browser what a page looks like. It doesn't control when something shows up or even where. It simply acts as a guide for the browser.
@veedhya (72)
• Mauritius
13 Jun 09
I don't think that HTML is a good way of learning programming.........u r right HTML is not a programming language.....it contains only tags.....
• India
9 Apr 09
yeah you are right html is far from programming languages but if you start your learning of internet programming from html then thats the good
• India
5 Apr 09
Yes, it is the way of learning programming or it is the good way of starting programming language. It is easy and there is lots of things to learn. Even you can make complete website with that.
@Benzooo (64)
• Guam
1 Apr 09
I know tons about programming and make so many websites to sell on Ebay (you can too if you pm me-make money doing this). HTML is great to learn!
@fjgamer (543)
• United States
28 Mar 09
Start small and work your way up. If you start with C#, that's fine, because it's really not hard to learn, and you may as well learn whatever language you plan on using in the long run. However, don't start learning C# by looking at the source code for Egoboo or some other very advanced piece of work. Start simple and learn how to make the classic "Hello World" type junk. Then, learn to make a chatroom app or some sort of text-based game. From there, move on to two-dimensional tile-based games. If you can't handle tiles at this point, don't become a programmer.