It - Web developer competition

It - Web developer competition

According to Netcraft, in August 2016 there were 1,153,659,413 websites operating worldwide, an increase of 80 million compared to July. Web developers participated in the creation of many of these sites. What exactly do such people do?

Over the past few decades, websites have undergone a huge evolution. Their beginning dates back to 1989. Many people would have been very surprised to see the websites of that time: there was text on a black background, there were no graphics. This was due to the availability of the internet at that time and its bandwidth. Also, html was only at the beginning of its journey, not allowing for too many modifications. Around 1995, the first graphics appeared, and web developers started using tables. Soon after, JavaScript appeared, which allowed to expand the capabilities of HTML. The next milestone in web development was flash (1996) and cascading css style sheets (1998). Then CMS content management systems became widespread, that is, software that allows you to easily create extensive internet services. With the growth of mobile users, responsive websites appeared, and more technologies and solutions were introduced, which made coding web pages more complicated. In this situation, the demand for professionals who can create advanced web solutions, such as web developers, has increased.

Who can become a web developer?

In fact, this profession can be done by anyone who is interested in creating websites. If you plan to work as a web developer in the future, however, it is worth opting for computer science studies, which will be a solid basis for further development. Increasingly, universities also offer postgraduate training for web developers, for example, Front-end development at the Białystok University of technology or web application developer at the higher banking school in Gdańsk. However, it education alone may not be enough to get a job as a web developer. Employers pay great attention to experience and skills. A big help in getting a position related to coding web pages is a rich portfolio. Therefore, it is worth creating as many projects as possible and enriching your portfolio, which you will be able to boast about during the recruitment meeting.

If you want to work as a web developer, you must also know the different programming languages and technologies. The knowledge that will be needed depends on whether the projects will be executed as a front-end developer or a back-end developer. In the first case, it’s all about what you see on the website, about the graphical interface. Here you will need to know HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The back-end developer, on the other hand, deals with server-side logic and should know at least one of such programming languages as Python, Ruby, PHP (by the way, it is necessary to study the secrets of WordPress, which from a system dedicated to blogging has turned into one of the most popular CMS today), Java, .net or NodeJS . It is also worth knowing the most popular frameworks, because this knowledge can be useful later many times when working as a web developer. In the front-end area, you need to pay attention to JavaScript platforms such as AngularJS, ReactJS or EmberJS, which are used to create modern websites. Their knowledge is often not required, but it helps in promotion and is a great asset when negotiating a salary. On the back-end, such frameworks as Ruby on rails (Ruby), Django (Python), Laravel or Symfony2 (PHP) and Express (NodeJS) will greatly accelerate development. Very important for a modern web developer are also tools that greatly facilitate programming and allow you to automate frequently repeated actions (e.g. WebStorm).

What does a web developer do?

Web developer belongs to the team that creates websites, but his work focuses on the implementation of the development background, ensuring the correct operation of the service. In a nutshell, this involves developing code in the chosen programming language and in the appropriate technology. In this way, the appropriate functionality of the site and its proper construction are ensured. The web developer designs and creates dedicated software, creates templates based on graphic designs, develops the user interface, but also prepares technical documentation for the user and diagnoses errors in the operation of the website.

Every day, the web developer works with the web designer, who handles the graphic side of the site. Sometimes this cooperation is extended to the copywriter who delivers the content to the site and to the site administrator. The work is done, of course, using a computer, and the coding of the site is carried out in accordance with the instructions of the employer. Earnings depend on experience, seniority and Position (Junior, Senior). In the case of a junior, the monthly salary usually does not exceed PLN 4,000, while the earnings of seniors start from PLN 6,000.

The number of websites is constantly growing, which also makes web developers have more and more work. However, they must constantly keep up to date with the latest trends in the creation of websites, and this also requires constant expansion of skills.

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