This shelf is for people that are relatively new to the wonderful world of the web and looking to get up to speed on computer basics. Website Library is generally focused on internet-based computing such as using internet applications, web development, system administration, devops and more.
Topics included here are on the web basics. What is a web browser, the history of the web, internet protocol (IP), HTTP, cookies, URL's, HTML, CSS and more.
Where to start with computers?
If you own or have access to a computer you are good to go! There are so many aspects of web-based computing that are open source and totally free. So don't see money as an obstacle. To add, Website Library contains a wide range of free learning resources to get you up and running. You will probably be surprised how much high-quality information you have access to only a click away. The real challenge can be focusing your efforts on a specific area so you don't become too scattered. Hopefully, the content on this website will help to guide you into the area you are most interested in.
Basic Computer Skills
The main device platforms you can learn basic computer skills on are Desktop, Tablet and Mobile. I suggest that you be familiar with all of these however, a desktop computer (which includes laptops) is going to allow you to learn and achieve the most.
Again, as with the device platforms, it's good to have a certain amount of familiarity with the main operating systems. This will depend on the device platform you are using, so I'll list them briefly below...
- Desktop - Windows is the most widely used operating system followed by macOS and Linux. All of these are perfectly fine for learning web-based computing. While Linux has a relatively small desktop market share, knowing Linux can actually be advantageous if you decide to take a more technical pathway into areas such as web development or system administration. Note however if you are using Windows or macOS you can use virtualisation software such as Oracle's Virtualbox to use different types of Linux distributions.
- Tablets & Mobile - iOS and Android take up most of the market share for tablet/mobile devices. iOS is created by Apple and closely tied to macOS and Android is open source Linux commercially sponsored by Google.
When starting out with web-based computing it's pretty hard to get by without a web browser of some type. A web browser is a gateway to the world wide web and allows you to experience a good portion of what's happening across the internet. If you are unsure about what the difference is between the internet and the web read this page, The Difference Between the Internet and the Web.
The most popular browser at the time of writing is Google Chrome. Read more popular web browsers and what a web browser is.
A text editor is a commonly used piece of software and comes in many varieties. The default editor for Windows users is Notepad, for macOS is TextEdit and Linux is gedit.
Version Control is a useful tool for many different purposes whether you are writing a document or writing code for an application. Version control will allow you to take a snapshot of your work at the time you save your document. An example of this is "Version History" in Google Docs. By viewing your version history you can compare your previous work with your latest edits. If needed, you can completely roll back to previous versions of the document.
Version control becomes critical when writing and organising code, especially when working in teams. If you are looking at getting into web development and don't know much about version control see this short tutorial video What is GIT - A Short Crash Course For Beginners. This gives you a short rundown on the most popular version control today. For further in-depth information, see the official GIT website.
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Video learning resources on the Beginners shelf
What is a Web Browser? One of many ways to access the internet
A Brief History of the Word Wide Web
Basics of the Web - An introduction to the World Wide Web
Author: Website Library
Internet vs World Wide Web - The Difference Explained
What is a cookie?
Author: Digital Power
What is TCP/IP?