I could do with some help/advice (mostly advice) regarding a Computeach course I'm thinking of doing. I don't work in IT at the moment, but I'm looking for a way into the world of webmastering/html authoring and maybe some server admin. work. One way seems to be to take the Computeach route: they offer a distance learning course which leads to CIW certification.
I have a couple of hang-ups about the course. The first one is cost (a few thousand) the second is that it seems to revolve around web-authoring using Dreamweaver/Flash Macromedia/Microsoft Frontpage. I feel that I'm moving away from using the Gates software suite, but on the other hand this would be a way into my prefered career. I don't like Frontpage and would prefer to hand code my <html>Like this! (Well...almost)</html>
There is also an e-commerce section to the course, but it doesn't say if any of this is vendor specific.
Two questions then: by doing this am I buying into the Microsoft business empire? Would I be better to just buy a pile of books and learn in my own way and then try to get into IT taking another (cheaper) route? For example by becoming a Lone Ranger type of hacker 8)
Any helpful comments would be most welcome. :D The course title is, 'Certified Internet Webmaster'.
Computeach link: http://www.computeach.co.uk/corp/Home.html