Top Tips For Becoming a Web Developer in 2017
By Greg Nunan
Being a web developer is an extremely in demand profession, particularly as more and more businesses shift online. In this article I will provide you an outline on how to become a great web developer.
How To Become A Web Developer
1. Think about HTML and CSS
Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is not a programming language, it’s the language that each web page on the internet is composed of. It’s simple to learn and understand, and there’s a decent possibility that you may already know a bit about it. W3Schools.com has a range of tutorials on HTML to help you get started. Simple tools, such as Notepad++ and Windows Notepad can be used to code HTML. Your HTML code will create the structure for your website, while Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allows you to control the look and style of a website in a simple way.
Teach yourself the different CSS properties and I’m certain that with enough practice, you’ll be able to style any HTML page. I recommend that you focus on web page layouts and positioning CSS elements since you’ll utilize that skill often in your profession.
2. Learn a web programming language e.g PHP and database language like MySQL
Although there are many web programming languages available, PHP is the language of the web. It is used by many sites such as Wikipedia, Flickr, and Facebook. Many programmers would recommend against PHP as your first language, yet I believe that it’s one of the easiest languages to teach yourself and setup. There are a lot of tutorials out there for any experience level. A prerequisite, however, is that you need to know HTML.
Additionally setting up your development tools on your desktop PC is as simple as double-tapping an installer and making your documents available on the web server’s directory. Download and read the procedure for XAMPP installation if you’re utilizing Windows and MAMP if you’re on the Mac. Most PHP notes cover or give more instructional exercises to learning database language like MySQL. MySQL is useful for storing client data/input and to service that information.
It requires a lot of time, however, there’s no better method for teaching yourself how to program than to practice. Simply program a lot of websites – regardless of how little they are. Create a particular blog or create your online portfolio. If you still need additional help or resource, why not try a short course or certificate in programming? Online education providers such as Upskilled offer a range of courses and certificates in web programming that can help you take your career and expertise to the next level.
4. Never stop asking questions
Have a desire to grow your knowledge of programming. Comment on blogs and join forums. There are hundreds of sites out there filled with information on everything to do with web developing. You ought to utilize these sites and take advantage of them. Never stop learning and have the passion to be the best programmer you can be.
5. Be Organized
An organized expert is a champion. Regardless of which field or profession you are in, being organized is essential for each to be fruitful and successful. For web planning, it’s easy for your work to get messy which can lead to numerous issues. To stay organised, begin by organizing your videos, graphics, pictures, music and even documents in separate folders and mark them appropriately. Keeping up a schedule may also help keep you organized, allowing you to complete your job without any major hiccups.