Web Development: what is it and why?

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Now that you’re a beginner , you should be like ‘WoW, hold on man, what the heck is FuLl-StAcK?”, don’t worry about it, we’ll get to it later.

To understand what is Web Development, i think we should probably understand one keyword first ‘Web’.

The Web, or World Wide Web (W3), is basically a system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents. The documents are formatted in a markup language called HTML () that supports links to other documents, as well as graphics, audio, and video files.

This means you can jump from one document to another simply by clicking on hot spots. ()

So to be straight forward, Web development is just the work involved in developing a website for the Internet (Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development can range from developing a simple single static page of plain text to complex web-based internet applications (web apps), electronic businesses, and social network services. If you want to dive into details about the definition, you can check this .

Why should you be a web developer?

Obviously, there’s much more on offer than money. The web developer role can be varied, fulfilling, and most importantly, fun.

Here is the top 3 reasons why you should consider a career as a web developer…

  1. You don’t necessarily need a degree

Nowadays, many companies including Google, Facebook… realize that a degree isn’t necessarily equal strong work ethic and talent.

A large number of developers out there don’t have any formal qualifications. Of course, a degree in computer science is advantageous, however, a lot of the same skills can be self-taught.

2. ‎‎‎‎ ‎ ‎‎‎‎ ‎You can expand into other areas

There’s no need to be tied into one particular area. Web development comes with loads of transferable skills, ideal for other disciplines.

Take the mobile sector, for example, web developers can easily transition to mobile development. With similar interfaces, creating mobile applications can access a different market while also making developers much more attractive to potential employers.

In fact, an increasing amount of companies are looking into new ways of engaging with customers. For example, companies are looking into chatbots and applications developed for ‘home assistants’ like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. This could be an area that a customer-facing web developer could comfortably move in to.

3 . ‎‎‎‎ ‎ Job security & Money

As of March 2020, the Internet contains more than 1.6 billion websites. And counting. Talk about some serious job security for web developers.

In the other hand, organisations are willing to pay high salaries to attract the best developers. And while salaries will vary depending on specialism, with web development, you’ll likely have a job with great earning potential(Check ). And you can actually do freelance, have your own projects etc…

Exciting, isn’t it?

Front-End vs Back-End vs Full Stack

If you’ve poked around on job listing sites or browsed through online courses, you’ve probably gathered that web development tends to break down into three main concentrations: front-end, back-end, and full stack.

What is a Front-End Developer?

The front end of a website is the part that users interact with. Everything that you see when you’re navigating around the Internet, from fonts and colors to dropdown menus and sliders, is a combo of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript being controlled by your computer’s browser ( we’ll talk more about these technologies in the next articles ).

Front-end developers are responsible for a website’s user-facing code and the architecture of its immersive user experiences. Everything you’re seeing on this website right now was made possible by a front-end developer.

What is a Back-End Developer?

So what makes the front end of a website possible? Where is all that data stored? This is where the back end comes in. The back end of a website consists of a server, an application, and a database. A back-end developer builds and maintains the technology that powers those components which, together, enable the user-facing side of the website to even exist in the first place.

Back-end devs use server-side languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .Net to build an application, and tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server to find, save, or change data and serve it back to the user in front-end code.

What is a Full Stack Developer?

Here’s the answer for the question you asked before. So there’s often not a black-and-white distinction between front-end and back-end development. “Front-end developers often need to learn those additional back-end skills, and vice versa

A full stack developer would be responsible for the entire flow of your experience with this blog post, from its load time and layout to its interactiveness and structural underpinnings.

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