- 1 What you need to know and frequently asked questions
- 2 Getting started
- 3 The steps I take to learn a programming language
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
From this post you will have an understanding of the three different types of web developer. You will have an understanding of what is involved in becoming a web develop, the benefits and the drawbacks. Finally you will know exactly where to go to begin your journey of becoming a web developer.Web development is an extremely rewarding career. Its challenging, financially rewarding and there is always something new to learn.
What you need to know and frequently asked questions
Types of web developer
There are three distinct types of web developer, a front-end, back-end and full-stack developer. If you’re new to software development, these terms may be confusing. All data-driven websites are split up into two layers, the server layer and the view layer. When you see a website in your browser, you are looking at the view layer. A front-end developer developed that layer, while a back-end developer wrote the code that gets the data to the view layer. A full-stack developer will develop on both the front-end and the back-end.
How do I know which one to choose?
Choose the front-end.
When you’re learning to develop, you’re going to be doing all the work. You’re not going to have a front-end developer that you can send data to. Writing a back-end application is far less exciting that writing some front-end code. The output looks much better and while you’re starting, it will be much more rewarding.
What qualifications do i need to be a web developer
There is no one qualification that you must have to become a web developer. There ate many successful developers that don’t have any qualifications. However, a degree in computer science will help you land the high paying jobs. There are some parts of web development, such as database design and Object Orientated Programming (OOP) that are best taught in theoretical environments. That is, having an industry veteran teach you the theory behind the concept before you start to write code. Doing so will help you write better, more efficient code and this makes you a much more valuable employee.
A university degree isn’t for everyone and web development is for everyone. So, there is plenty of online and offline courses that you can take that will still make you an extremely good developer if you put in the hard work.
Before any university of course, the number one thing that will make you a good web developer is patience and passion. There is no way that you can put in the hours needed to become good enough to get a job without passion. Finding a love for web development is absolutely essential to be successful.
Here are three practical steps that you can take right now. These steps will get you on your way to learning what you need to start a careers in website development.
Step 1: Understand the DOM
Step 2: Understand basic CSS
CSS plays a huge role in the view layer of a website. From controlling the layout of the page styling, CSS will be what you spend most of your time writing. Even if you use a Content Management System (CMS), such as WordPress, you will still need to style your content with CSS.CSS is easy to learn, but difficult to master and you are ging to run into all sorts of problems before you master CSS.To get started with CSS, use these resources:
- Codecademy: Learn HTML & CSS: Part I
- CSS Specificity: Things You Should Know
- Mozilla Developer Network: CSS Basics
The steps I take to learn a programming language
Step 1: Research the language
More than anything, researching a language or framework is me trying to get excited about it. If I’m not excited after reading case-studied, blog posts and tutorials, then I know that I’ll probably never get excited about the language and that makes it extremely difficult to learn.
Research is also about getting to know where the language or framework sits in the market place. Look a a job board in your local area and see what web development languages employers are looking for. If the usage rate of a modern language is high, that’s probably a good language to learn. However, I think this should be done carefully. I have seen some areas that have a high usable of older languages. This doesn’t mean that these are good languages to learn, it means that there is allot of legacy applications that will most likely be discontinued in the near future.
Step 2: Do a Codecademy course
If there is a Codecademy course on a language that I am interested in, I will do that before any other tutorials. The reason I do the Codecademy course is that its a fast way of getting to understand the syntax of the language and to see if it is something that I actually enjoy writing
Step 3: Watch Youtube Videos
Watching other people use and talk about using a language or framework can be a great way to pick up some tips. My favourite coding videos to watch a follow-along tutorials where can make something cool and learn at the same time.YouTube is also a good way to see if learning a language is a good idea. If there are allot of videos on the language, there is likely to be more than enough resources on the internet to take you from beginner to professional.
Step 4: Set a challenge and work towards it
This is possibly the most difficult part of learning a language, but definitely the most rewarding. Set yourself a challenge that is beyond what your current skill level is. Be careful to not set a challenge that is impossible.Work towards building the website, solving problems as they arise. By doing this, you will become familiar with the language and how to solve problems that you come across. After all, learning to code is mostly about learning to solve problems.