I realized when I posted the question "getting started as a web developer" that it was rather open-ended, but I still believe it is an important question. I spent quite a bit of time searching google and Amazon to try to find an authoritative discussion on the subject prior to posting, but what I really want is some seasoned professionals' advice on the 5-7 most important technologies for web-development. That's a general question, I know; but before I plunk down a couple hundred dollars at Amazon, and invest several weeks or months studying and reading about a given language, I want to make sure that it is not generally considered "obsolete" or whatever.
For those of you who have been immersed in web development for years, I'm sure this is a elementary question. But for those of us just getting started, it is pretty huge.
Is there any way to re-word this question, change the focus, or tighten it up to keep it from being closed?