I'm impressed with certain web-apps, and building a shiny, well-working web-app is something I'd love to give a rattle. I don't want to spend a lot of time on it, so nothing serious will result. I have two ideas - an address book (may be redundant), and a space for teams to post fixtures/results, see championship layout, send emails/texts out to players for training notification, more shit. They're basic, but I have applications for them both and they might stand to me in the future. I have thus far nothing (shiny) to show off my uber skillzors. If I had a fair portfolio of projects like this, would it be useful to get me a job with a software company in the (far) future? Would certs? I'm not going for a degree in computers, but (don't laugh) business studies. (unless I miss my points) I rekon a computers degree would land me a shit job, and it would start off so boring. There is not one appealing course in this country. Last but not least, what languages should I be using? I might need to learn Python anyhow, does anybody use it for this kinda stuff? edit: also something I must learn is about good user interface. What will teach me? All brainfood appreciated. edit: for the record, for more-major project plans I will be needing to make far bigger web-apps, namely a software/package manager, that's why I want to do this right.