Learning How to Web Develop

Web development can be one of the most challenging things for those trying to learn how to do it. There are many different types of programming languages that are out there that each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The first step in learning how to web develop is figuring out just which programming language you wish to learn. There are so many it can be hard to figure out which you wish to pursue, some are more oriented toward those who are new to web development while others will drive you crazy with the amount of detail needed in order to be successful with them. In order to choose which one you want to learn you should go and find some information on the different languages read up on them and choose from there.

Once you know which you want to learn there are several ways to actually learn how to web develop, you can either go to school and learn from professors, which I would consider to be the most efficient way, other ways work also but this way you get to learn the way to web develop in a sensible sequence. You could self teach yourself with trial and error, you would probably know how to do it just as well if not better in the end but it could take time to figure out, there are also books that teach you but these vary in helpfulness from pretty helpful to totally worthless so you need to choose wisely if you decide to pick a book to spend your money on. However you decide to learn the language you have to be willing to dedicate yourself to the language, you need to be able to understand the ins and outs of the language, some force you to do this by not working otherwise, but there are some that are more lenient and allow you to do some things that are not good coding practice and they will still run. You should try and stay away from starting bad programming habits even if they work for some languages, because if you ever decide to learn a second programming language that one could not allow you to do some things that the other did, and if you made a habit out of it with the first language it will be hard to stop that habit when learning the second and you may find yourself wondering why the thing you wrote is not working and it is because of that mistake you made habitually that you did not notice which can be very frustrating.

Top Ten Frustrations For the Web Developer

In recent weeks I have met web developers who have just finished the most difficult project of their life. I have met others who have an enthusiastic spring in their step. They have just begun a new project! The former group just finished “surviving” some very large frustration. The latter group may be a little naive (or have forgotten) about the challenges ahead of them.

Here are the Top Ten Frustrations for Web Developers

  1. Lack of Requirements – We have all been there. A client wants you to build the most glamorous website in the world, but can’t put down on paper the specifics. They use generic words like marvelous and stupendous but cannot define for you how they want the drop down menus to look.
  2. Changing Requirements – Everyone changes their mind. But how much is too much? Does your current requirements document resemble anything close to the original? Chasing the wind is the most brutal exercise you can put yourself through.
  3. Designers who do not know what goes into coding – Most people do not realize that designers and developers are different. Designers do an excellent job with color and placement. They offer creativity and spontaneity. But do they realize what they are actually saying when they hand over the design and say those ominous words: “Build This!”. Anything can look great in a PSD. It is quite another to make it functional.
  4. Somersaults trying to make the CSS work – CSS is a wonderful tool for styling websites. Has anyone wanted to put their fist through the monitor over wacky behavior in their CSS file? How bout when that CSS file was written by someone else? Yeah.
  5. Pride in work Overwritten by customer complaint – Just like a little child with a new toy, you come to the user meeting with all enthusiastic thrill over the work you have toiled over the last three weeks. The meeting ends when your clients have spent the last sixty minutes criticizing your beautiful creation.
  6. Unrealistic Timelines – Similar to number three. But add, “Build This, in two weeks.” Yeah. Right. Timelines are legitimate. They help people focus. They help us make decisions. Unrealistic timelines put unfair stress and burden on individuals. Plus the end product will usually look horrible.
  7. Overforgiving Bosses – Ever have a boss so lax that he wouldn’t even hold you to a deadline? Or even hold users accountable for creating all that wonderful content for the snazzy new website? Is that person really a boss?
  8. Overbearing Bosses – On the other hand, having your boss in your cube either wrenching his hands over the status of your work or worse, micromanaging it, just might make you want to quit.
  9. Competing visions – Two super users. One design document. Two competing visions. Not fun. It is funny how two people seem to agree to something on paper but in reality have two incompatible visions of the final product. (hint: mockups help here!)
  10. The wrong tools – Ever spin your wheels trying to resize images or find that one line of code in pages of HTML? Sometimes the problem is not you. It is the tools you are using. Take time to find the right tools to help you accomplish your tasks effectively and efficiently.

What Is Responsive Web Development?

Responsive layout and responsive design are the buzz words in the world of web design that keep a lot of people on their toes and help them make sure that they are doing everything right and really moving in the right direction with everything. Design has become one of the most important selling points in every type of business venture, and if a product has bad design it simply will disappear without a trace. That is true for be design where yours are so spoilt for choice they will leave a website that is not up to par in just minutes and will certainly never come back because they can always find a much better designed one and have as much fun with it as possible.

So what makes web design amazing? Well, first of all, it has to be clean and elegant, with the purpose of the website being loud and clear the minute you lay your eyes on it. The customers who want to do something with the website don’t have to guess what it is for and what the organization does – the design should speak for itself, coupled with high quality copy. Nowadays, it is important to have secure websites that are visible correctly form a multitude of different devices that are getting smaller all the time. If design has to be minimal, let it be.

Mobile use of the internet is always on the increase and that should always be kept in mind. No matter how beautiful a background image is, if it slows down the page it is absolutely unnecessary and the choice should always be for speedy loading time rather than some dubious aesthetic value. Customizable designs that respond to the users’ needs immediately are the hottest thing and you should always look for things that can make your user feel cherished and valued, and if the design of the page fulfills that goal, then you have succeeded. Web development is as important as design, and the back end should work just as well as the front end. It should be easy for admins to make changes to a website as the internet is a dynamic area where many things change constantly and making sure that the interest is kept alive should be the goal of every organization that maintains a website.

Usability and optimum user experience is what always comes first for all these endeavors. Thinking about the user should be the first priority of developers and designers, as well as tester who get rid of bugs. The result is what matters and you should always know what it means to have a great product on your hands – dedicated clients and many clicks.