Teach Yourself How To Code And Become A Web Developer

A basic introduction to teach yourself how to code and become a web developer, whether for business or pleasure. As the internet becomes an increasingly integrated part of our world, there’s never been a better time to learn how to code.

Once your start diving into the Web, you’ll find a dizzying number of online communities where programmers discuss the different kinds of coding, share tutorials, code samples and offer up their work to be critiqued and improved.

There are tons of great free web-based tutorials and resources online, but let’s start with the basic building blocks for web development.

Teach Yourself How To Code And Become A Web Developer

HTML and CSS

Before you can build anything, you need to learn HTML, which is the page markup that makes up web pages, as well as CSS (cascading style sheet), which is style information like font sizes, colours, etc, that makes the HTML look pretty and save you have to code in every tiny detail of a web page.

Because a web page is a frontend to every web app, HTML and CSS are the front ends of everything you can create as a web developer. So the first thing you need to do is learn these. It will take quite a while. So please don’t be put off, because once you’ve mastered these, you’ll be well on your way to learning more types of coding.

JavaScript

Once you can create a web page with HTML and CSS, you can start doing fun things with JavaScript, from on page animations to checking account details in sign up forms on forums.

It has a wide range of uses from making web pages attractive and interactive to communicating with a server, which makes it such an essential programming language to learn.

Server Side Scripting

Okay, so you’ve got the hang of styling and creating responsive web pages? Next you need to learn about server side scripting languages so that your website can talk to databases, redirect users to different pages depending on their nationality, sign users up to a mailing list or allow users to log in and store information, for example.

Server side scripting languages include PHP, Python, Perl and Ruby to name a few. But considering most of the web is built on PHP, this is the language that most people will usually teach themselves first.

Web frameworks

Rather than have to build a website from scratch every time, there are some development frameworks that offers a web specific structure for getting common web application tasks done.  For example, there’s Ruby On Rails for Ruby, CakePHP for PHP, Django for Python and jQuery for JavaScript.  Here is a comparison of the different web frameworks.

APIs

Application programming interfaces are the way that different pieces of software to talk to one another. Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are all common examples, which can be integrated into WordPress via plugins so that whenever your blog updates with fresh content, it’s automatically fed via RSS feed to your social media profile page in the form of a title, snippet text, thumbnail image, and a link.

While it would be great if we could simply download all this information into our brains and start developing web pages, apps and games right away, learning this stuff takes time, practice and persistence.

So whether you’re teaching yourself out of personal interest, or planning to advance your career with coding, don’t try to take it all in at once.

Instead, stick to the few languages that will help you achieve what you want to create. Otherwise, it’s easy to get bogged down in all the different languages and never actually produce anything.

6 Essential Utilities For Programmers

6 Essential Utilities For ProgrammersNo matter what you do, when it comes to increasing productivity, every last second counts. Every profession usually has dozens of tools to make certain often-done tasks easier and quicker to do. From a power sander to copy and paste, these tools exist to shave off precious seconds from the time it takes to do something.

For programmers this is especially true. Writing code can often be a repetitious task and once you’re done, you might still have to go back to fix any errors in the code. That’s why these six tools are essential for every programmer.

Evernote

Evernote is an online note-taking software with a mobile app for both iOS and Android. While not strictly a programming tool, Evernote allows you to take notes and even save pictures to your account. If you read an article about a new programming tool or some interesting news in the tech industry, you can take a screenshot, upload it to Evernote, and it will actually transcribe the picture’s text with a high degree of accuracy.

Evernote is also perfect for keeping track of problems you have run into and your solutions for them. Whenever you run into a similar problem, you won’t have to burn your brain trying to remember what exactly you did.

AutoHotKey

AutoHotKey is a must if you find yourself typing the same long string over and over again. With AutoHotKey, you can bind anything from simple substitutions to complicated scripts to hotkeys. Not only that, but you can use AutoHotKey for quick error correction. Simply configure it to replace common misspellings with the correct spelling. This program is free and open source. If you find yourself constantly having to fix code because of a simple misspelling, then definitely check out AutoHotKey. It can save you hours of frustrating word search.

Mozy

Mozy is a data backup service that stores your work securely at an off site location. This is vital if you’re working on source code, presentations, or other important documents. Mozy offer unlimited storage and you can configure when and how often it creates a backup, as well as what files to back up. You can either schedule it for whenever your computer isn’t busy, or set a regular time. You can even limit how much internet bandwidth it uses.

Mikago

Mikago is a conference call and screen sharing tool with many features that make it a pretty nifty program. It’s amazingly simple to invite others to share your screen. While you have complete control over it, others you invite can click on your screen and a little arrow with their name will appear. This allows them to ask questions or bring something to attention.

Mercurial

Every programmer and software developer needs a version control tool, and Mercurial is often the name you hear. You can back up not only your filed but your changes as well, allowing you to go to a previous version of your software or code.

Rescue Time

RescueTime is a tool for anyone that wants to increase their productivity. Rescue time logs what you do while on the computer. This means you can see how focused you are while programming and whether you tend to get distracted with things like social media and videos.

Every programmer needs these tools to help them save time and frustration. By knowing how productive you are, you’ll be given the tools and information you need to increase that productivity.

Conclusion

All the tools in the world won’t help you if you don’t you have a strong internet connection, a cheap windows VPS, and a power computer.