What Should You Learn in Order to Become a Junior Web Developer?
A couple of weeks ago, I was a part of a discussion where a fellow learner asked a question: "What should I learn in order to become a Junior Web Developer?". I answered, and the answer got well accepted, therefore I decided to write an article around it.
What Should You Learn?
We are lucky to be a part of an industry with an overwhelmingly large number of tools, languages, and technologies available to learn. But if you think about it, this can be frustrating, especially for beginners wanting to become a part of it.
If you are given too many options and various choices, you will likely spend more time thinking about what is the most appropriate way to go. Even when you start learning, there is a high chance you will be questioning yourself whether the choices you made are the right ones, especially if you meet someone else doing the same thing, learning, but totally different stack of tools and technologies.
In the paragraphs below, I will write my opinion on what should you learn to become a Junior Web Developer, and you shouldn't mix this role with the Front End Developer.
The first step would be, which is not that much related to development itself, to be aware of how the web actually works, meaning that you should learn the Client-Server architecture and the way how the client and the server communicate. It's extremely important for you to differentiate the client from the server, request from the response and things like that.
Of course, some basic programming knowledge is required. You need to be familiar with concepts like iterations, sequences, conditionals...No one will care if you know who invented the programming and who created React, and yet you don't know to write a
for loop. So focus on practical knowledge. If you learn something the practical way, the theory will be easier to understand later on.
Differentiating the primitive data types like
boolean...is also required. After mastering those, array and list manipulation would be the next step and after, you can start thinking the OOP (Object Oriented Programming) way.
OOP changes your way of thinking, and you are shifting on the question What instead of How, you stop writing conditionals and start using polymorphism and inheritance, but you shouldn't worry about this right now. It's the next level of you as a developer.
After completing all the above you can start thinking about the frameworks and libraries. I would recommend Vue since, in my opinion, it's the easiest one to learn by someone who is a beginner. But don't be mistaken, if it's easy to learn, it doesn't mean that it's less powerful and featureless comparing with React or Angular.
Regarding IDEs (software to use to develop your app), I would recommend Visual Studio CODE.
So, your milestones would be something like:
- Basic programming course (variables, methods, classes, arguments, parameters...)
- Node.js, C#
- Practice all above (a lot) in Visual Studio CODE
for loop of the above stuff ends, you can start learning some advanced concepts like OOP, SOLID principles and functional programming.
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