So, I used to love computers, and I tinkered around a lot back in the day. I self-taught myself some scripting languages and some basic programming languages in grade school, and studied C++ and HTML for a couple semesters in high school. I more-or-less stopped there when my interests shifted. I haven’t really touched anything code-y in about a decade.
I’ve decided I should relearn. Obviously this Internet thing ain’t going away, and my hacker pals all say there’s lot of use for even a basic knowledge of web-friendly languages. I’m planning to go back to school in the next year or two, and I’ve been clued in that knowing some coding basics can make for better-than-average part-time employment.
I’m a little lost as to where to start. The big two recommendations I hear are Ruby and Python, but I can’t really tell what the difference is in terms of application. And I have a sneaking suspicion that, before tackling an actual language, I’m supposed to learn HTML, CSS, and possibly PHP in greater detail.
Does anybody have any recommendations for ways to build up skills from step one?