I'm a small businessman in a very big, competitive city. I have an idea for a web application that can really enhance my business if I can get it written (I have no programming experience at all). However, I find that the expense is too large for me to pay to have it written for me. So, I found an online tutorial for html and css. These two written tutorials got me started - I learned some tags, but not how to write a web page. I then bought a php/mySQL book for beginners. I worked through all 400+ pages and the accompanying CD. At the end of all this work I was intellectually excited to continue learning, but STILL could not do anything functional for my business.
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