First published: Dec 21st, 2005
Last update: May 28th, 2016
Enough is Enough! I am sick and tired of trying to read coding tutorials and forum threads about web coding where it takes me hours to wade through the jargon, trying to figure out whether they've got the information I'm looking for.
It would be nice if SOMEWHERE  there was information about coding for websites that was intelligible to those of us who are 'amateurs', and not 'computer geeks'. We need clearly written tutorials!
A little personal background: In a sense, I am an amateur that is in the business of designing websites for my friends and others. Although I just started doing this a few years ago, I am not an amateur in programming -- just in the relatively new languages being used on the internet.
Back in 1964, I took a graduate course in 'Applied Mathematics', which had a weekly laboratory session in which we learned the basics of FORTRAN II. I loved it, in spite of the hassle of having to use a punched card to input each line of a program, and having to wait a week to see the results of my efforts.
Although most of the jobs I have held in the past 50 years have had nothing directly to do with programming, I have managed to keep my hand in, and it has been an ongoing 'hobby' of mine.
So I have decided to publish some of the results of my efforts, with two goals in mind:
1) To provide a source of easily-understood information, and to pass along advice to other 'amateurs' and help them avoid some of the pitfalls that I have fallen into.
2) To provide an example for other writers. It's not that hard to say something in a way that can be clearly understood.
About the Coding Corner: No attempt will be made here to provide a 'complete' introduction to Perl or Javascipt. There are many such tutorials out there on the internet, and I have provided references to a few of these that I found to be useful and easy-to-understand on the Resources pages.
Two types of articles are posted herein:
Remember - None of the things on this website will do any good unless you're willing to put in some effort. Even the best explanations are useless unless you take the time necessary to work them out in your mind -- and experiment with the code on your own website.
 When I use CAPS in my writing, I am not shouting at you. I simply use it as a way to stress a particular word or phrase, much as one does when speaking.