Getting Started in Web Development

How to get started in your web development career

Programming for the Web, known as Web development, is a form of development that differs from other forms of coding. While desktop programming creates applications, and Web design creates a user interface, Web development focuses on the code behind the user interface and creating portions of the interface that are dynamic.

While Web programming requires greater skill than straight Web design, it is not substantially more difficult and is possibly the easiest form of development. It comes with an array of languages that are mostly near-English and a tremendous amount of user support and online training.

Common Coding Languages for Web DevelopmentIntroductory programming languages for web devlopers

Some Web design languages are the same or revised versions of languages used in straight development, but others are specific to the Web. These include:

Each of these languages has its own unique place in the structure of the design and development. JavaScript, PHP, and Perl are all scripting languages used to create client-side software. The rest are used as server-side applications and use an HTML wrapper to serve content back and forth. Node.js is an event-driven language that allows applications to run on different server ports. Python and Ruby as well as Microsoft’s .NET series of applications are used to create robust Web applications that are accessed from the client through the browser window.


Why Get started in Web Development? Tips on how to get started with web development

Due to its high visibility and relative ease of entry, a lot of people get into Web development because they want to be able to create a site that rivals some of the Web’s giants. Google, Facebook, and YouTube are extremely popular sites that started with an idea and unique and powerful web design. At times, php or python are used to create online web based applications. Saas companies like Dropbox use Python as the language of choice to developer their server application but use php as the frontend interface you and I see.

Web design also offers the benefit of giving instant results as well. With desktop development, you may work on only one part of a program, and it may take years to see results. Web design is almost instant gratification. Any changes you make are as instant as you want them to be and they show in the user interface.  


Front End Development

A developer is said to be a front-end developer when they work on the graphical interface, or client side, of web design. It is the content and how a user interacts with it. Much attention needs to be paid to this area as user interface design may be somewhat intuitive but it is the nuances of the design and how people interact with a Web application that can make or break a Web application. For instance, think of the last change that was made to Google or Facebook and how it affected how you used the program. Did a website move content and now you can’t find it easily?

This programming is mostly comprised of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript along with other scripting languages such as PHP that create the visual content. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, and is the backbone of the Internet and the code into which all other codes insert themselves. Cascading Style Sheets or CSS sets rules for how a web page or set of pages appears, thereby setting a style for a website that is consistent and predictable. JavaScript and PHP add a non-static component to pages. 


Back End Development

This is the side of the Web that happens on the server-side. It can include Server Side Includes, which was an early form of HTML redirection, as well as newer technologies such as Node.js, Python, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and ASP or Active Server Pages. SQL also plays a role as a relational database that stores the session information for most of the languages used.

Node.js is a JavaScript extension that creates “listeners” and accesses different apps when certain ports are accessed or a certain set of computers accesses the site. Python and Ruby do much for the Web what the major programming languages do for the Desktop, and that is creation of applications that are housed on the server rather than the client computer. For instance, current versions of software such as Word and Photoshop are being housed on the Internet for access through a browser with the same robust and functional nature as the old desktop counterparts on a subscription basis instead of an expensive one-time download. 

Back-end programming allows changes to occur in Web pages as well. For instance, your Twitter feed is not sitting around pre-created on the Web just for you. You access the feed, and the programming on the Server fetches the posts from everyone you subscribe to, displaying it in reverse chronological order. Back-end programming has reduced or eliminated for a lot of companies the tedious updates that would be necessary any time a product specification document was changed or a calendar or schedule needed updating. Now, the updates are automatic and dynamic.


Full-stack programmingFull Stack Coder Information

There is no problem with being a developer that can handle both ends of the house. We refer to that as a Full-stack programmer—someone who is just as comfortable writing SQL queries as updating HTML and possibly even going so far as handling the graphical design of a website. Such programmers may have extremely varied duties, but being able to handle both client and server-side programming is a good way to make yourself more likely to find a career, and have both lateral and upward mobility. Full-stack programmers can typically command higher salaries due to their capabilities, especially if they are willing to do tasks in both areas.


Learning Web Development

Web Development on the client side is relatively easy when compared to hard technologies like desktop or server-side coding, but it is still the stuff a four-year degree and further study are made of for most people. Likewise, most server side programmers come from a similar program where they took elective courses in specific tenets of Web development. However, a four-year program or more is not necessarily a mandate. Many people, including many of the founding developers of the Internet itself, learned to code on their own. Due to the open nature of Internet technology, and the abundance of resources, one can look to the places that produce what they want to get help.

The W3C at maintains the standards for HTML and related technologies, and are a good resource for what are the latest standards and where to get information. As JavaScript is a browser-based un-typed language, it’s also a W3 standard. and provide the downloads and documentation for these languages. In addition, there are vital links to community as well where developers help developers with specifics. All Microsoft technologies are found at, where some development tools and resources are free and a large knowledge base exists to answer questions about developing their technologies. 


Web Based TrainingWeb Based UX UI online Training

On top of online resources and instructions, as well as the tutorials on this site, there are many sites out there offering Web based instruction in the languages that make the Web function. From basic HTML to advanced JavaScript and Python, there is more than likely a program out there for you. No matter if you are new to coding or know a little or one language and want to expand your vocabulary, we have suggested and recommended training for just what you need to be a successful coder. Each language and technology you know is one more opportunity and a great addition to your resume, so it is easy to get started learning how to code, whether you just want to write Web pages or are working on becoming a full-stack developer.