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CMS vs. Web Development Skills

 
Jessica Ngui
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Hi all,

I would like to seek opinion on the above topic (CMS = Content Management System). These days, there are so many Open source CMS like Joomla, Drupal and etc. If it still wise/relevant for anyone to start learning HTML, XHTML, CSS..and etc?

Please advise and Thank you.
 
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Are you really going to let some tool write your code for you? What will you do when there's a problem? How will you know how to set up and modify the templates?

Ayone who uses a technology but doesn't understand it is doomed to mediocrity.
 
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Hi Bear,

Thank you for your opinion. CMS seems to promise a faster way of getting a website UP....with templates that can be modified easily without having to understand the code.

I would like to know what's the differences between CMS and knowing Web Development skills. Does one really need to learn how to code in setting UP a website these days?

PS: I am currently going through Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML...Simply love it!
 
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It depends. For a web site that's going to show pictures of kittens, why bother? But if your goal is to write serious web applications, you should be prepared to learn the technology.
 
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Hi Bear,

Thank you for the feedbacks. I have figured it out (on what you said). It is good to learn Web development skills even with the existing CMS, 'cause if one needs to modify the predefined CMS template, one needs to know how to *read* HTML, CSS and many other web codes.

Thank you and Have a nice day...
 
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Phone interviewer: Hello, I see that you wish to apply for the web development position. What can you tell me about your technical skills?

Interviewee: I don't have any. But I'm a wiz with Joomla!

Phone interviewer: click, buzzzzzzzz.
 
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Hi Bear,

You sure have a great sense of humour there....
 
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I try my best... humor is a great teacher.
 
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