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How do I know if web development is right for me?

By hb1694 ·
I have been "coding" for over two years now, and I have yet to develop a decent portfolio of my own.

I began learning the fundamentals of HTML two years ago, with little to no prior knowledge or experience. I was told professional web developers do not require a formal, post-secondary education, and that many can land themselves a job in a matter of months. I progressed overtime and became comfortable with CSS, Vanilla JS (ES5 and ES6), PHP, and SQL.

However, I can say right now, I am not even remotely comfortable applying for a web development job. I think design and responsive design is holding me back. I know media queries and how to use them and all, but it is a matter of making my web apps look aesthetically nice. I don't feel comfortable with my design skills. In addition, form validation and all these frameworks and libraries that exist are making it difficult. I am having difficulties reading new documentation and adapting to others' code.

What inspired and motivated me to pursue web development was a web app idea I had. I have attempted to build it, scrapped it, started over, repeat. I still don't really know how to go about it.

I am not these guys (like my friend) who started coding at age 12. I started in my 20s and this was never something I grew up with.

Advice please.
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How to become a developer: A cheat sheet

by tcavadias Staff In reply to How do I know if web deve ...

TechRepublic's editor Alison DeNisco Rayome has written an article for those interested in pursuing a career in development and don't know where to start. The article provides a guide for salaries, skills, and the best programming languages to learn.

You can read the article by going here: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-become-a-developer-a-cheat-sheet/

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Make good sign through web development

by nexmobile In reply to How do I know if web deve ...

Yes, you know the opportunities are optimistic and enlisted some experts to help us identify some common quality and successful web development.

Make some sign with good web development like-
- You create web develop solution-oriented
- After that understanding requirement people
- Resourceful data
- Adapted project during unexpected tasks etc.

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web development

by samgord In reply to How do I know if web deve ...

Practice will show you.
Just begin to learn and you will understand.

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Perspective from the other end of it

by brycewalter In reply to How do I know if web deve ...

First, to give you a snapshot of where I'm coming from, I'm 62. Scraped through high school. College wasn't even a thought. Spent 11 years in the Navy. 30+ years in gov't contracting world doing all sorts of things I hadn't been schooled for. Clawed my way up to a six figure paycheck. Got laid off due to gov't cutbacks. Unemployed and took care of my mother for 3.5 years until she passed at almost 99 yo. Decided to do college at 61. Taking Web Dev classes for an AA. Two things I can vouch for. 1. You learn more from your mistakes than your wins. 2. You can't do it if you don't do it. Take chances and get in there. You'll surprise yourself with what you can do and what you learn along the way. Even the college grads are winging it in the beginning. It's a rare bird that goes into anything at 100%. Do your best, pay attention, ask questions, make suggestions, find a mentor, keep learning outside of work and most of all, don't forget to live your life along the way. Work to live. Don't live to work. Best of luck!

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go pro

by yonutz21366 In reply to How do I know if web deve ...

If at all, you seem distressed about overlay other than productivity. I say you want to build your portfolio you should build it fast... As long as you are able to code everything, looks should be the last subject of matter to tend to... As long as the appearance is formal enough to be presented with bare necessities along with emphasis and gratitude instituted along with coordination, you could always start with your own design by getting yourself a file converter taking pictures pasting them to a paint program and computer animate your custom template to configure any way you like to see a headline... for starters, the more your able to see design transgress in a paint program, the comfortability will come with trial and error in communication from the outside world, what appeals to you could also appeal to the next man! time is the benefactor in this situation

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