With thousands of new developers starting each year, web development is a trendy field. However, there are a lot of learning resources out there, which can be confusing.
The purpose of this post is to introduce you to your web development career path to make you familiar with what is expected of you as a developer.
What is web development?
The term web development refers to the process of building and maintaining a website; it is the behind-the-scenes work that makes a website look great, work fast and functions well with a seamless end-user experience. (this website was also developed)
From simple static pages of text to complex web operations, electronic commerce, e.t.c, web development can take many forms and may refer to web design, web content development, web server, scripting, e-commerce development and the likes.
Who is a web developer
In short, a web developer develops websites based on a client-server model, creating and maintaining sites and dealing with the site's technical aspects, such as performance and capacity.
So if you are taking the path of being a web developer, you will be responsible for building and maintaining websites using a client-server model.
Note: client-server model is a strategy for distributing tasks or workloads between the individuals providing a resource or service, called servers, and those requesting the service, called clients
What skill do you need to be a web developer?
Web development is within reach of anyone who wants it. It does not require a degree in computer science, but there are a few things you will need to know before finding jobs in the field.
Learn the basic concepts of;
- How the Internet and website work
- Libraries and frameworks, such as jQuery, React.js, and Bootstrap
- Other coding languages, such as Python and Ruby (for backend web developers only)
What! all of these skills? Please don't be frightened, all of these skills naturally build upon each other, so it's vital that you go slow and develop a solid foundation as you develop each skill.
Alright, now that you know what you've got ahead of you, we will be learning some of these skills in subsequent articles.