Internet a word that doesn’t need an introduction. The second virtual thing that can make the world run well the first will always be money. Us humans are so addicted to it that we cannot live without it anymore. Roughly there are 1 billion websites according to recent studies. Now what drives the internet is the need to exchange the information without it we are no better than our ancestors who used to live in a cave. So, with this increase in the number of websites in daily life for promoting business, education, health and many more industries there is a promising need for web developers. The need to handle the requirements of more than 7 billion people in the world is a herculean task and web developers can make it simple.Web development is not just about building websites that serve the purpose anymore there are a lot of things to consider while developing them. The user experience matters a lot. So lets design websites that are fluently designed and take your skills to the next level.
So, what do web developers do? U guessed it right they design websites. So, the next question that’ll be raised in one’s mind is how I should become a web developer. Trust me it’s easy. There are numerous online resources that can help you to start learning the basics. To become a good web developer, you just need months but to become a great web developer you need years of practice and the curiosity to learn should never cease. If I start telling the technologies that you need to learn to become a web developer, I bet that you’ll be overwhelmed but I intend to make it simple by suggesting the right track to follow. So, stay tuned for the upcoming posts on how to start making websites with ease. I’ll make it as easy as possible and I’m sure that you are going to love it.
There are three tracks to follow to become a web developer and it’s your choice to choose which track to follow. One of them is a Front-End Web Development other is Back-End Web Development next comes the mighty Full Stack Web Development. In case you are wondering what these are don’t worry you’ll catch up.
Let’s begin with Front-End Web development. So, what does it exactly mean? Let’s divide a website into two parts in which the first one is the user interface meaning the part which you see on your browser when you visit a website. The second part is the Back End i.e. the background data flow from your website to the server and to a persistent data storage. For now, let’s just discuss the Front End. HTML & CSS are a must for a beginner to start developing websites. Anyone can create static (websites without any functionality) websites using these. Some online resources are freecodecamp, W3schools, codecademy and many more free tutorials where even an absolute beginner can start with.
Now let’s discuss the Back-End Web development. What does the Back-End actually deal with?. It lets you create a server that listens to the user’s request of visiting a web page. We also need to develop REST APIs for different pages on your website. We also need to learn about web requests and how to send data to the server using web requests. Now once we get the data we need to process the web request and get the useful data from it and do necessary functionality using the data. The data can also be used to store on to a database like MySQL, SQLite, MongoDB etc.
Full Stack developer is someone who develops both the client and server side i.e. both Front-End and Back-End. Yeah, you are the mighty Full Stack Web Developer if you can just code for both Front-End and Back-End.
So in order make your tasks a bit easy I’ll suggest some web development tools that are a must these days to use. The first is Git. Yeah, the version control is really helpful for managing your project across teams. I prefer using Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code as IDE for web development because it has built-in functionalities for many languages and is amazingly fast. Use NPM to import packages in Node environment. Yeah with all these suggestions you should be ready to kick-start your journey to become an amazing web developer. Remember that patience is the key to success and hard work always pays off.