Being a web developer in the modern day is comparable to being a gold miner who struck in rich back in the day out in California. A web developer is basically a programmer who specializes in building the back end for web pages. Like any job, especially those in the computer sciences, being a web developer has a steep learning curve.
Fortunately for you, the aspiring web developer, the internet and culture surrounded development is becoming more and more highly open source and friendly to beginners.
As is the nature of the internet, learning a skill such as web development is becoming easier as easier as more things go open source and forum based. There is a plethora of resources out there for the beginner developer such as Khan Academy, Code School, and GitHub.
All of these sites aim to teach and show what and how to do things in the development world. There are hundreds upon thousands of similar resources as well out there on the web for free just a Google search away.
The web has been made to be open sourced and helpful (if you are going to the right places, that is.) By keeping up on the many resources out there in a social manner, such as keeping up with development and programming blogs, reading forums and viewing other people’s similar problems in coding, and befriending other developers on social media who are glad to help, one is certain to go from slow to pro in barely any time.
These previously mentioned forums are not just for reading, but also for asking questions of your own. Developers want more of themselves out there so that the web and code libraries can grow and provide more tools and research for every party involved. Developers are not a stingy group when it comes to helping out.
See, for instance, when learning the Processing language, they have a massive set of forums where your coding qualms will be settled in often mere minutes when you are having any issues — ranging from the tiniest missing semi colon to some mis matched variables.
Internships have always been a staple of learning with any career path. These are a great way to pick up experience – some times even with a small pay. The more work you do, the easier it slowly becomes, thus get as much work as you can in order to becomes the best developer that you can be.
Try to make friends with a seasoned developer who can take you into a project with him or her, allowing you to be able to see and work first hand at a real development project, thus gaining insight into the business and brushing up on those coding skills.
Developers and designers are fields where people love to show off what it is they do. Since these fields are very closely related, the designers are often building repositories that looks beautiful and functional for you to use. Consider going on a site like Dribble.com where you can post small screenshots of works in progress. This is great for getting your name out there, because people love to share the things that they find online that they enjoy and would like others to see.
Build a portfolio on a website such as Zerply, LinkedIn, Cargo Collective, Virb, or Squarespace to show off your new abilities and get your work out there in the world; it’s hard to get hired if no body knows who you are or the quality of work you can put out.
Marketing is not just for selling products but services as well. As a web developer, you have to get your name out there and known. Try using sites such as Facebook or Twitter to show your work off to your friends and acquaintance, a good deal of work, especially when freelancing, is gotten off of word of mouth or referrals.
Once you are past the learning curve, be sure to continue on in your web development training. The internet is changing and improving constantly with the additions of responsive design, mobile development, and other such technological improvements. Stay up to date!