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How to become a Web Developer?

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How to become a Web Developer?

What is Web Development?

If you are reading this then what you see in the front of you is a website and building such an application is termed as web development. Web development is concerned with building the structure of a website and adding functionality to the elements of the web page. It is not concerned with designing a website.

Who is a Web Developer? and Roles and Responsibilities of a Web Developer

Website development involves a team of developers or known as Web developers who are responsible for building web pages or SPAs constituting a website. As we discussed, web development involves the structuring of the web page which is the job of front end developer. They are responsible for structuring a user-friendly interface of the website. Adding functionality to this interface is the work of a backend developer. A person who is full-fledged with both front-end  & back-end technologies, as well as Knowledge of DBs, is a full stack developer.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Depending upon their specialty responsibilities and tasks of a web developer vary. But there are some common requirements that every web developer must fulfill. Let us see them below.

  • To write web pages or single-page applications (SPAs) with a combination of markup languages.
  • Ability to create quality prototypes and mockups.
  • Ability to build a content management website from scratch.
  • To understand HTML and CSS
  • To develop functional & interactive websites and web-based applications.
  • Ability to provide website maintenance and enhancement.

Apart from these basic requirements having knowledge about frameworks, server-side programming and libraries is a plus and gives you an edge in the web development industry.

Steps to Become a Web Developer

If you are an aspiring developer and beginning with web development sounds baffling to you then read through the following steps that we have written to help you begin your web development journey.

Learning Web development initially can be categorized into skills and tools that you must learn and gain expertise to develop efficient & interactive web applications. Let us see them below in details:

1. Skills

  • Programming Skills 

One must know to code if they want their career as a web developer. This profession demands to be proficient in a programming language or markup languages based on your specialty. Most professionals recommend starting with HTML & CSS and then later move to Javascript if web development interests them. Later, they can move further to backend development technologies to make things exciting.

  • Databases

Websites need some technology to store all user data, and other necessary content for the functioning of the websites at a secure place; this where Database technology comes. Building a database makes it easier for the website to retrieve, organize, edit, and save its data. Most websites have their DBs run on the server & typically use a relational database management system (RDBMS) for the same. 

When it comes to starring and managing data SQL or Structured Query Language is preferred by most developers. Therefore being a beginner you must learn the basics of SQL such as to insert, update, delete data from the database.

Let us discuss some popular database for 2020:

Database

  • Deployment

Deploying a website is a complicated task and involves the skills of a full stack or backend developer. It is suggested that you should know how to use CLI for deployment. Apart from this year, you may consider learning about the following for the deployment of your application.

You may want to learn some or all of the technologies above, choosing the tool depends on the application & the end goal of the developer.

  • Content Management

CMS refers to an application that manages web content allowing several contributors to create in DB & displays a presentation layer based on a set of templates.

Web developers must also have a command on CMS to add interactive & engaging content to their websites for user interaction.

CMS Tools

2. Tools

  • Text Editor/IDE

These are the tools used to write your code. There are various text editors and IDEs for web development that offer various features, the most common being source code highlighting, indentation, autocomplete, debugger, syntax highlighting, error highlighting, and much more. Sublime Text, Atom, PHPStorm are some of the popular tools for writing code. You can further choose from the list of best IDEs and editors here. 

  • Git Version Control and GitHub

If you are an aspiring developer you must learn version control if you don’t want to take any risk of losing your hard work. Version control lets you save and manage your work at every stage allowing you to return or rollback to a particular stage of your project if required. GitHub tops the list of version control as it offers various features. However, BitBucket is also being used by many developers nowadays. Apart from these, there are various other version controls to choose from, one being GitLab.

  • Browser Dev Tools

Browser tools offer a range of things like inspecting HTML and CSS elements of the currently loaded web page, console for Javascript, application tab, network tab, and more.

3. Frameworks and Libraries 

Libraries and frameworks are sets of pre-written code. The difference between these is that libraries are smaller & are used for specific -cases whereas a framework contains tools and components that allow the developers to write code faster; also many frameworks contain libraries.

As a beginner level developer, it is not suggested that you begin with or indulge yourself with frameworks and libraries as it may make things complicated. When you are confident enough you may want to try your hand in building websites using frameworks. To begin with, you can try Twitter Bootstrap, a CSS Framework. For more on web development frameworks, and libraries you may want to check out the best web development frameworks.

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of the guide to become a web developer. To give a brief overview it is suggested that you must begin with something that excites you and motivates you to keep you engaged even if things getting challenging in your journey of being a web developer. You may consider starting with learning HTML and CSS at first and then eventually moving on to Javascript. If you want a broader view of web development you can study full-stack development and then later choose your focus. The key is to learn by doing and practicing and not just by studying theory. You can start studying learning from free tutorials and web development courses and then later might go for certifications. Build your own projects that interest or take up freelancing projects this will help with your learning and help you gain experience. Later, when you are confident in the field enough you may want to start your development using frameworks. Are you an aspiring web developer? What other things keeps you motivated and what guidance would you like to give to other aspiring developers? Let us know!

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Simran Kaur Arora

Simran Kaur Arora

Simran works at Hackr as a technical writer. The graduate in MS Computer Science from the well known CS hub, aka Silicon Valley, is also an editor of the website. She enjoys writing about any tech topic, including programming, algorithms, cloud, data science, and AI. Traveling, sketching, and gardening are the hobbies that interest her. View all posts by the Author

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