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How to become a web developer?


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Hi everyone. My name is Corey, and I'm just looking for a bit of advice. I'm 22 now and definitely feel the need to start building some sort of career. But, because of a very stupid but serious injury to my leg a few years ago, it's a bit difficult for me to be physically active for long periods of time. So, I was trying to think of something neat to do that wouldn't be very physically demanding and two things popped into my head: computer programming or web design. I already have an interest in computers, and I've been reading articles on HTML and CSS and playing around with a bit of code. It's fun in a sort of logical yet creative way and I definitely want to explore it as a possible career path. I'm trying to put everything in perspective first, so I'm really curious about what you need to know in order to pass for a decent web developer. Like, to the point where you could expect get hired as one. I know the three big things at first seem to be HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but what comes after that? I know in the end it probably comes down to getting a college degree and practical experience, but I was hoping to feel everything out a bit before jumping off the deep end and paying tuition. Is there a better way for me to get started then just jumping from article to article on the internet and testing code in my computer's notepad? And for practical experience, what can I do to get exposure aside from college? Thanks for any help.

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Get a localhost from wampserver.com (it's free) and a better text editor (notepad++ or sublime (both free) and build your first site. The more dynamic (server and client side), the better.

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Hi yo, same here, I just didn't discover the deep PASSION for programming after I got fired from Amazon( :facepalm: , I am really glad that happened even though I was really depressed, if it had not, it would have followed the auto mechanic path which would be very different), but anyway, I had the same questions as you do also, and I am just 23 like you are too :D, I started out with HTML, CSS, then JS, but that is not enough though, I am now teaching myself java (and android programming) which is really frustrating to learn yourself, but like I said, PASSION, it helps me overcome my frustration(I even hit my head many times for being so stupid :D), anyway, let me tell you, web developers, software developers, etc... are the most well-paid technology-related jobs ever(You can google). To develop websites, HTML, CSS, and JS are the must-learns, besides that, you should learn some server-side programming language, for example Java which is what I am learning right now, you can choose other languages as well, but Java is really great when you learn it, many people hate it, and call it verbose(but hey, people always have something to hate on) but I think Java is a bit easier to learn than C++, trust me, when you look at C++'s data types(which is the first thing you'll learn for every language), you'll hate it, it is just redundant, because C++ is platform-dependent, I do hate it ALOT, and Java is platform-independent(Probably the only one that is as far as I know) and many other features especially those APIs or class libraries(which are code written by other people you can use, people at SunMicrosystem often say "We do this, so you don't have RE-INVENT THE WHEEL"), there's a saying about Java "Write once, run anywhere", but what I said doesn't make learning Java a piece of cake, there's alot to it just like other languages, anyway, you need to know server-side programming also to create sophisticated, beautiful applications that can do stuff for a website, JS is mostly for client-side programming, I just want to give one advice, very good one, when you become frustrated and want to quit(which I have never thought of even), it is never easy when you learn something on your own, so think about the day that you have become successful with what you learn, making a very good living doing it, it will keep you motivated ALOT, and that is what I am doing to motivate myself, and it just excites me every time, and one final word, thank you Amazon for firing me haha. Sorry for the long response.

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Cool. I had attempted to learn C++ before, but for somebody like me with no experience it was kind of daunting. I found HTML and CSS easier, even if just because you don't have to worry about the hassle of linking/compiling your program just to be able to see if your code works or not. And JS seems to be at least more approachable for a newbie because you can use it in your HTML for even simple little stuff that doesn't require a lot of code. I mean, it's not like your whole website has to be in JS... lol. I don't really know all that much about Java, but I did get the impression that it was the thing to use if you wanted to make something that was compatible with different types of devices.

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Nice one, friend. That's a good idea to start learning! Kudos! But i will advice that before you begin your programming tutorial, there are a few steps you would need to learn programming language faster than usual.

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