Whatever education field you choose, it is always hard to brace up at the beginning and find clear and concise explanations of the new material. The faster you find the details you need to clarify, the more efficient your learning is.
Today, the information you may require can be scattered around the internet and not always be at the top of the search results. Just try googling something like ‘proofread my paper’, and you will see a bunch of websites you can’t be 100% sure of. Finding reliable sources becomes one of the most important things for students that find themselves in this scenario.
Educational platforms and guides on IT specifics are widespread nowadays as well, but how do you find the right one?
If you are a future IT student preparing beforehand or a current one who often ends up searching for the right materials for hours, this article may help you.
HTML Living Standard
Let’s start with the basics. The home page may look dreadful as you open it for the first time. Yet, this is basically a Wikipedia for HTML. So, be cool. If you use keyword search, you won’t need to scroll down the whole guide. The advantages of this website include:
- free access;
- detailed structure;
- frequent updates;
- ability to contribute to its development and improvements;
- the Twitter account to track the updates, and many more.
Section 4.3 is especially useful for newbies. There you can check whether a needed element can be used in the context you want it to use it in. The information is complete with hyperlinks to other sections of the website. So, if you see a new term, you’re just a click away from a clear and concise explanation.
This website will be helpful to prevent clueless stumbling through overloaded forums with unfriendly interfaces and odd information. The guide starts with a table that can tell you what type of tag you’re dealing with:
As one starts trying to use HTML, they may neglect to look such things up. Yet, that’s where the most problems come from. For instance, one may try to adjust the settings of an element and fail to understand why nothing changes. Meanwhile, this very guide can show you that you’re dealing with an inline element that simply ignores some instructions.
This is a sister website of HTML Reference. Both resources are very beneficial for beginners as the information can be accessed for free.
In addition, you can use the collections filter and learn from easy and clear examples. The website provides a wide range of those for each CSS property. The interface is user-friendly which makes it easy to comprehend the information.
This one is not a sibling, but rather a friend of the website mentioned above. It is quite minimalistic but extremely useful. It indicates the following details:
- what exactly will be influenced if you change a particular property;
- steps needed for a browser to download the page;
- how different browser engines act when downloading a website;
- what workload different browsers have to deal with as a CSS property changes.
Can I Use
Those who struggle with developing a website without constant issues and bugs in different browsers might need to bookmark this one. Frontend development becomes much easier as you start visiting Can I Use.
The thing is, not all browsers support all existing HTML, CSS, JS, and other features. Using this resource, you can find out in a blink of an eye whether you should apply a particular feature. Sometimes, it’s not supported by most browsers and there are other ways to implement the change.
The website offers information in a tabular form and has a pretty serious list of browsers (including their previous versions):
- Firefox (including the Android version);
- Internet Explorer;
- Chrome (including the Android version);
- Opera (+ Mobile and Mini versions);
- Safari (including the one for iOS);
- Android Browser;
- QQ Browser;
- Baidu Browser;
- UC for Android;
- Samsung Internet;
- KaiOS Browser.
Also, the website itself contains a lot of useful references to other websites for those who want to dig deeper.
If you want to discover the diversity of web development, this website will be a must in your bookmarks. You can check out short videos, samples of a code, animated examples, you name it.
The ‘demo and code’ section you could notice under the animations is one of the most valuable ones. Basically, it’s DevTools in its more user-friendly and convenient format.
Just make an adjustment in the demo window. You will be able to learn what each property and value can help you with depending on the way you apply them.
MDN Web Docs
Mozilla prepared a detailed and highly structured guide that is extremely popular among developers. The website has its own blog as well as tutorials divided into sections for different levels of proficiency.
What’s more important, at the end of some modules, you can find tests that will provide you with basic files from GitHub and technical requirements. You can even ask for help if you get stuck or want your mini-project to be assessed.
This company focuses on the students who are engaged in the cybersecurity field. There are a number of courses for different levels. In contrast to the websites listed above, this one is not free of charge. Yet, there are many informative blog posts that will help you gain more background knowledge and keep up with the news in the area.
This resource might look similar to the modern educational platforms that offer a free trial period and a number of special courses. Yet, what distinguishes it from others is that it’s tech-oriented. In addition, its creators believe that video-based learning slows down the process of mastering a skill. That’s why their courses are text-based.
It is a widespread belief that learning something always requires significant investments. At some point, paid courses may become an inevitable thing. Yet, this list proves that nowadays, obtaining basic knowledge for free is not a problem. Sometimes, you just need to look past the first links of the search results.
Just look at the diversity of solutions. Most of them can substitute your typical studying materials. Save them in your browser and make it a habit to use them to simplify your studies.