Web development has become a 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 fundamentals of web development.
How To Become A Web Developer
Are you an aspiring web developer or 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.
1. Get Equipped With The Right Knowledge.
Before diving your weight into learning programming languages the first thing you need to properly understand as a web developer is basic stuff which are the fundamentals of the web, HTML stands for HyperText 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 HTML scripts is.
CSS stands for Cascading style sheet, and it is a markup language used in styling every single web page on the internet.
CSS allows you to style your web page, those fancy colours, 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 colour, 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 an idea to its 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.
Now that you are done with the basics, and I guess the above-mentioned step would take you not less than three weeks if you 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 funniest 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 options 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.
There are many places to get equipped with the basic programming knowledge and some of these places are going to be mentioned below.
This is one of the very free and easiest channels to get started from, personally as a web developer, I developed myself in web development by personally learning from free YouTube channels such as The NewBoston, The Coding for Entrepreneurs, and so many others.
If you are broke and you seek a very quick means of getting skilled up then you can consult YouTube for a start.
2. Freecode camp.
This is another amazing platform that allows you to develop basic coding skills, you get access to hundreds of courses for free in an interactive lesson in form of question and answer format.
You can get started with Freecode camp for free and even get certified.
Udemy is another hosted online school for individuals who wants to learn web development, Udemy host thousands of courses from over thousands of professional tech experts in various subjects such as Artificial intelligence, mobile and app development and so many others.
Udemy is not free, but it comes at a very affordable price.
Pluralsight is another great platform to get started as a web developer, with Pluralsight you get access to various tech-related courses such as game development, web development and so many others.
With Pluralsight you also get the opportunity to become certified by companies such as Google.
You can get started for free and get access to premium courses at very affordable prices.
If you are broke and do not have money to get started on Pluralsight, you can get hooked up to the Google developer scholarship on its platform that gives you access to free web development fundamentals and also certifies you, this opportunity comes up every year.
You can follow up on the official Pluralsight website, it even better to sign up for their newsletter to get notified when the opportunities are made available.
2. Get Certified.
This is not usually a very important criterion as a web developer, but it only exposes you to more opportunities, getting certified as a web developer does not mean you will do better than a self-taught developer who practices more often and updates himself with the needed industry-standard skills.
There are many companies to get certified from, some of them include Google, Microsoft, Oracle and so many others.
1. Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.
2. W3SCHOOLS Certification.
3. Amazon Web Services Certified Developer.
Another great certification that could be acquired is the AWS Certified Developer certification.
The certification is for individuals who develop and maintain applications on the Amazon Web Services platform.
Candidates need to have at least one year of experience working with AWS applications, coupled with a fundamental understanding of at least one programming language, and knowledge in creating Amazon application solutions. The test is 80 minutes running and comprises multiple-choice and many answer questions.
3. Attends Meetups and Developer Gatherings.
Now that you must have started learning, It not so good to learn all on your own, the journey starts becoming lonely and you might lose motivation, so at this stage, the next step would be to hook up with other developers.
There are so many ways to meet up with developers in your location, and some of them include.
4. Design A Portfolio Website.
A portfolio website is one that contains all your works and competence as a developer, it usually a single or a multi-page website that says a lot about you as a developer.
A portfolio website can be hosted on a free host and built on any technology, it is often the first criterion that would set you to prepare you for a job and even convince a recruiter that you are capable of your work.
How To Make Money As A Web Developer.
Now that you have been armed with these 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 day’s 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 overloaded.
Never mind that, the difference between them will usually appear in their projects and their knowledge.
Here are ways to start making money with Your newly acquired skills.
1. Start a Blog.
So many tech people are searching for tech-related stuff 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 stuff.
A perfect example is 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.
Here is an article I recommend you read to help you get started with blogging.
2. Bootstrap an Idea.
This is declining every day among present-day software developers.
There is a massive inflow of software developers but very few are 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 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 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 homeland 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 stuck and 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.
4. Participate in Hacks.
Hacks are software events that allow developers to come together with the sole aim of building a project that would be eventually selected and funded.
Just like building your 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 look 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.
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