Essential Matters that Newbies should know about Web Development

When you’re just starting out as a developer, you might be confused about where and how to start, thanks to the many options available. So here are a few tips that could help you.

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It is always better to be master of one trade than a jack of many. So choose; do you want to excel in Ruby on Rails, PHP, Asp.net, or C#?  Once you’ve truly excelled in your preferred language, you can start on the others. This holds true for front end designers too; you can start with the basic stuff like CSS and HTML and then progress to JavaScript and similar stuff.

Now the question is how you will decide which language you want to master first. Think about what kind of sites you are planning to do. You would be better off with PHP if your interest lies in WP themes. ASP.net is for those who dig CMSs, and C# is for game developers. You can read up what capabilities every language has and then decide.

  • Not only do you need to learn your preferred programming language well you also need to learn it the right way. Learn to code with the help of the newest web standards. It will improve your load speed, be easier for you, and in any case, it makes sense to go with the latest.
  • If you get stuck, cry on Google’s shoulder. Try to get the answers yourself before you pour your heart out on online coding forums.
  • Get inspiration from other pages. Check out how they are coded. Never steal the design, but you can follow the coding style on your initial jobs to get a handle on it.
  • Create a network of your contemporaries. You will be able to get help with your projects, get recommendations, and learn new techniques. It’s always good to be on good terms with your fellow developers.
  • Learn how graphic and front end designers function. Understand why they might send static pages that are not able to be coded on the lines of the latest standards. Discuss what went wrong and how it can be rectified. A good working relationship will make your job easier.
  • Make use of professional tools like Dreamweaver or Coda instead of Notepad. The professional tools will look out for mistakes, make alternative suggestions and also help you by auto completion. Your job is simplified and is also likely to be error free.
  • Start with the basics and work up to the ‘cool’ stuff later. Once you have a strong foundation, then you will be able to grasp the working of that language much better. For example, be thorough with HTML before you tinker with HTML 5.
  • Keep abreast of developments in your arena. Check news, blogs, books and any other material that talks about your field. Be up to date with the latest technology. It will definitely give you an upper hand.

Learning is a continuous process and there will always be stuff that is new and that you don’t know. Keep learning and mastering new languages and techniques, and you will be definitely a much wanted developer. Don’t expect a bed of roses in the initial stages, but you can surely get there.

Patrick Hudson likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for buycharter.com – a site that offers savings and current information on charter cable.

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5 Responses to “Essential Matters that Newbies should know about Web Development”

  1. Matt Klingel

    Dec 05. 2012

    interesting for newbies to fetch an overview

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  2. Roger Wills

    Dec 06. 2012

    Helpful article for web development, Thanks

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  3. Pitt

    Dec 06. 2012

    Web Development or Web Design?

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  4. Jay Blue

    Dec 07. 2012

    I am into PHP with javascript and CSS finally to continue my web development degree

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  5. Software Development

    Dec 08. 2012

    web development is really huge today, where to start?

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