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Web development has become an popular field in software development and has created more solutions and affected more lives because of the massive users of the internet.
Web development has also become outstanding because all other aspects of software engineering can be coupled into it.
What is Web development ?
Web development is an aspect of software development. It deals with things that majorly relates with the web, internet or anything that has to do with web protocol called HTTP.
Other aspects of software development are
- General Programming
- Game development
- Data science and machine learning e.t.c.
New generation web platforms like Social Networks and online stores now make use of machine learning and even successfully integrated game development.
Wrapping it all up, the best place to kick start your software engineering journey is by understanding the basic fundamentals of web development.
Web development requirements
Are you an aspiring web developer or basically you already kick started your journey to web development and you are finding it hard to attain the peak ?, this post would guide you on the proper steps you need to take to understand web standards in 90 days.
Before diving your weight into learning programming languages the first thing you need to properly understand as a web developer is basic stuffs which are.
1.How domain name and web hosting works (cloud computing).
Domain name and web hosting are core essential parts of web development, the inability to properly understand them and what they do would make your journey longer.
When you develop a website or a web project , you need a domain name to be able to make it public so that any one around the world can access it. And an example of a domain name is.
A web hosting is accompanied by a domain name to work properly, you need a cloud storage to house all your source code and media files and that is where a web hosting comes in to play.
Make sure you also get familiar with uploading your files to the cloud. A pretty much way to get started is by understanding the use of the control panel given to you when you successfully purchase a domain and a web host.
2. Knowledge of HTML, CSS.
These are the fundamentals of the web,HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language, while CSS Stands for Cascading Style Sheet.
HTML is the building block of any web page, every web page you see on the internet has a touch of html in it.
example of an HTML scripts is.
CSS is designed to enable the separation of presentation and content, including layout, colors, and fonts.
This separation can improve content accessibility, provide more flexibility and control in the specification of presentation characteristics, enable multiple web pages to share formatting by specifying the relevant CSS in a separate .css file, and reduce complexity and repetition in the structural content.
CSS allows you style your web page, those fancy colors, Fonts and Icons and layout you see on every web page are made possible by the use of CSS.
After mastering HTML the next step to do is learn and master CSS.
Attaining this level would take you nothing less than a week to three weeks. Make sure you don’t waste your time trying to memorize and store every detail, the fundamentals of each are okay for a start.
Also make sure you build something very simple with the above knowledge mentioned and don’t be discouraged, you will build very ugly things at first but as time goes on, you will begin to mature.
In conclusion to this stage, i always recommend not to rely on your raw knowledge of HTML and CSS cos it a pretty much waste of time, there are pretty much CSS Frameworks being developed and maintained by very hardworking developers and tech communities to help you get your project running in no time and some of them are.
CSS simply allows you to design and decorate any web page to whatever taste you desire. Things like color, Font and spaces are all configured by the proper use of CSS.
The success of any web project or startup is determined by the ability of the creator to interpret it’s idea to it users which is mainly called UX (user experience).
The quality of any web platform User experience is mainly determined on your ability to male use of CSS properly.
There are so many CSS frameworks out there,all of them all claim to solve major problems in web development which involves a developer having to code all user interface and user experience from scratch.
Are you an aspiring or experienced web developer, designer ?
This post would guide you on how to get started on Choosing the right css framework to work with.
And number 5 on the list is.
Semanitc UI is an amazing CSS framework with wonderful and amazing built In and ready to use web components to bootstrap any web project of any kind.
It has libraries for Jquery, Vue and React.
UI kit is also great and is built with awesome web components which is ready to use in any web project of your desire.
Google Inc launch it own UI framework few years after it acquisition of the Android OS.
Material Design lite is also very rich with awesome web and mobile components.
It also has a very huge community and it supports various platform like.
React, Vue js , Angular, EMber js.
Bootstrap is another wonderful CSS framwork owned by Twitter Inc, it also comprises of amazing web components and has become the most popular framework used on the internet.
Bootstrap is used on almost 95% of websites on the internet. It is also highly utilized by the wordpress community.
It has so many implementation some of which includes.
To be honest, in my few years in web development Tailwind is the best i have seen so far, though it might still be in it’s infancy.
Tailwinds is going places and i appreciate the creators for their work.
So many huge startups have subscribed to Tailwinds CSS some of which includes Mozilla FireFox and many others.
3. Pick a programming language.
Now that you are done with the basics, and i guess the above mentioned step would take you not less than three weeks if your are determined enough, the next step is to pick your desired programming languages.
There over 50 programming languages in existence as at the time of writing this post and more would still emerge in the future.
The most funny thing about all these numerous programming languages is that they are all the same and i say so because they all support the use of variables, strings ,functions classes and all others, their syntax’s or representation only differs from each other.
Now as a web developer, you are left with many option and most times you don’t know where to start from.
Just pick one of the above mentioned frameworks to work with, at first you will likely stumble upon Jquery for a start.
4. Version control.
The final stage involved in becoming a standard web developer is the basic understanding of developer operation.
There are many tools used in the life cycle of a code project but the most important of all is version control.
Version control has to do with storing and maintaining your code in the cloud so that you don’t end up loosing changes in the future.
The most important tools for version control is GitHub
How Do I become A web developer and Make Money ?
Now that you have been armed with this weapons, it now time to start making money.
Honestly i must tell you the truth that picking a career in web development is not a days Job because the inflow of web developers are becoming massive every year.
Just like the music industry, the web development industry is becoming highly competitive.
So many people are just waking up and calling themselves web developers and this has caused the industry to look overbloated.
Never mind that, the difference between them will usually appear in their projects and their knowledge.
Here are ways to start making money with You newly acquired skills.
1. Technical Writing or blogging.
So many tech people are searching for tech related stuffs online and most times need answers to those questions.
You can create a blog related to tech and post about your knowledge in solving web related stuffs.
A perfect example are websites like scotch.io and many more.
The most interesting part about technical writing and blogging is that you would be seen as an authority and people would trust you.
You can even get mentorship endorsement to mentor other upcoming developers and even get paid for it.
2. Your own startup.
This is declining every day among present day software developers.
There is a massive inflow of software developers but very few are actually creating products.
We have very few and little products with an army of software developers and this is so because we have so many people who just want to become web developers or software engineers because they hated their former job and want something more flexible.
So, they carry the less productivity mindset into the game.
If you really want to hit it big in software development then you need to think of solving a solution for the world.
We had people in Fintech. Ohh !!! I hate fintechs because they have massively disrupted the Nigerian financial tech space.
Fintech is fine if you want to do it, I just don’t personally like what is common and restricted to a singular market.
Most people will never start their own software company because they feel they don’t have access to funds.
You can read my article on getting business grants to help you get started with getting funds.
3. Get A job.
Getting a job has been the major reasons so many people become software developers.
And I must tell you that software development jobs are very interesting and sweet when working with a reputable company.
You get goodies even more than people working in a banking sector or even with the government and this ranges from very high salaries , gym, laptop set health insurance ,even the opportunity to travel out of the country in most case and in most cases working remotely from your home for a company overseas.
yes you are surprised right, so many foreign companies cannot pay developers in their home land so they outsource to Nigerians and pay use very fair and good money.
This sounds interesting right ?, But i must tell you if you are learning software development or web development just to get a job,
You are a Joker because these things are very rare and scarce, you have to learn so many things, and funny what you know might have learnt may not be what the companies stack is made up of so in the end you don’t get hired.
Now you are stucked and basically frustrated.
In my own experience just prepare for the worst as a web developer and keep learning
Just in case you need these cool jobs you can get them here in Nigeria or even overseas through this platform.
- Stackoverflow Jobs.
- Google Jobs
Good luck if you eventually get hired.
The last and the most important process to becoming a professional web developer is to network, Rome was not built in day so therefore you have to move around with web developers and network with them.
- Attend tech events.
- Participate in Hacks.
- Join Developer groups on Facebook/
- Join a local developer program in your locality.
If you live here in Nigeria a list of software developer association to join is.
Google developer group, you can learn more my clicking this link
5. Participate in Hacks.
Hacks are software events that allows developers come together with the sole aim of building a project that would be eventually selected and funded.
Just like building your own startup but this time you are awarded a grand prize and in most cases you get all the support you need to become a company.
There are so many Hackathon events in the Nigerian and global space you can subscribe to my Email newsletter to get an email when it eventually comes.
But A few to be mentioned are.
Choosing a career in web development does not necessarily mean that you will be better in just one day, you just have to keep smashing those button, learning and unlearning and keep believing.
These stacks looks very hard and time consuming but it will all come together as long as you do not relent.
I must tell you that the software development world might seem over bloated but we only have very few creators.
You can be one.