Hello to all newcomers in web development! If you decide to become a good web developer, you have a difficult path, which only those who are really passionate about programming can go through. In the IT world, there are many technologies that web development specialists use, but for self-taught beginners who have just decided to learn how to write code at all, all this variety does not matter.
Web development is a broad spectrum, so it is helpful to have a clear goal in mind before becoming a web developer. Perhaps you want to change your profession and soon open your own web development studio or just want to develop for yourself or for fun. Whatever your purpose, make sure you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. Web development is divided into many small sections, and a clear goal will help you decide what to learn first and what to skip. Why is it worth learning the profession of a web developer?
Firstly, it’s interesting. It is worth studying one technology or framework and starting to work with them, as in two or three months something completely new will appear on the market and everyone will start using exactly this, so, you will not get bored with the web. Secondly, it’s not about dull technical work, but more about creativity. Web development is constantly being replenished with young specialists with new ideas, and the sphere itself – with new tools, opportunities and services.
And the third reason, the most important in terms of career, is development. Senior programmers with ten years of experience can be met quite rarely: either they grow into managers, or they learn new things. The explosive growth of the profession forms a wide information field and a strong community.
It is also not necessary to study for several years and graduate from college to master basic web development. In fact, mastering the profession will take two to three months of training. But there are a few essential steps you need to take to get started successfully in the web development world.
- Now that you know how to code and know the main web languages, it’s time to pick up a toolbox! The main things that define your web development environment are the operating system, code editor, browser, and optional tools. Let’s start with the OS. You have three options to choose from: Windows, Linux, and MacOS. I know that this is a matter of taste, but I would advise any web developer to opt for Linux, because almost all servers use Linux, so, working on a computer with this OS, you will get a useful experience that can be useful to you in further. As for the code editor, you need to decide if you want to work in a full-fledged IDE, a simple text editor, or something in between. The most popular of these are VS Code (which is highly recommended) and Atom. Both have good extensions, so you can easily add the functionality you need. As for the paid options, we have Sublime Text and WebStorm (full IDE). The choice is yours! Finally, the browser and other tools. A browser is an absolute must-have for any web developer. Moreover, the code should be tested in different browsers to see how it works.
And the most important thing is constant practice and the desire to learn something new. Test and practical tasks, a large amount of communication with professional programmers and even the creation of your first working project will help for a powerful start in web development. Good luck!