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I went to college n the '80s when COBOL, Assembler, Fortran and Pascal were part of the curriculum. Through work, my skills have evolved into .Net, C#, Silverlight, ASP, HTML, SQL Server for LOB applications.

I get asked the question from people looking to get into web development what to study and I don't really know what to recommend these days. What's the hot language or environment. Obviously, mobile apps are the rage. What say you all?

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There are lots more ways to get the education and experience needed to become a professional Web developer. Some basics as you stated would be .Net, C#, Silverlight, ASP, HTML, SQL Server for LOB applications. Apart from it one need to know PHP, MySQL, Java Script, Perl, Ruby, Python as well ASP.net. In order to create a modern, interactive website, I suggest a combination of PHP, MySQL, and possibly JQuery/Javascript for interactivity.

I agree that as far as traditional/tried-and-true, PHP, MySQL, Javascript/Jquery are good to look at, and would add CSS to that list (I guess HTML goes without saying).

A lot of buzz around HTML5 and CSS3. Ruby on Rails is also worth looking at, as far as a "hot" language environment. On the database side, a lot of buzz around NoSQL type databases (mongodb is a popular one).

Oh, and as far as doing the development, take a look at XAMPP from Apache Friends. It is an easy way to install an Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl ...etc system for development. Eclipse and Netbeans are two free open-source IDEs that are popular for web development. With XAMPP + Eclispe/Netbeans you can pretty much set your system up to do web development in 15-20 minutes.

Thanks a lot, folks. Really great info here. I'll pass it on!

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