While I am in school currently for Computer Programming, a lot of the knowledge that I have attained has been largely self-taught. Lately, I found myself wanting to explore more programming options than just (X)HTML and CSS. Due to the large problems that I’ve had lately with Web Applications like Bloglines and Newsgator, I think that I want to get into developing Web Applications myself. I originally started down this path with Macromedia’s Flash program and learning ActionScript. But with the recent merger between Macromedia and Adobe I am starting to question Adobe’s dedication to the continued development of Flash/ActionScript. Therefor, I have started researching new options in Web Application development and the frameworks that they offer.
Now there is Struts, developed by the Apache Foundation as a loose cousin to Jave Web Apps. You also have Spring and Zope. In addition, you have the newer frameworks of Django, Dojo and Mochkit. But the one that I keep hearing more and more of is Ruby On Rails.
Now I haven’t even begun to start learning the code or playing around with it yet, but there are some good examples of what developers are doing with the frameworks now. And I also found an article which gives a down-to-earth explanation of the technology. Anyone interested in going beyond basic (X)HTML and CSS programming should give it a read. In the meantime, I’ve gotta get back to getting the hang of this Object Oriented thing…..