Here at Mobius Media, we have been recruiting for our rapidly growing web development team. While it has been challenging to find people with the skill set we require, we have learned many things along the way. Mainly, that when it comes to web development, there is a skills gap in Hull.
This is not a bad thing. In fact this is a fantastic opportunity, especially with some many people unemployed. There has been a lot of talk recently that Hull’s economy is set to boom due to large investment from companies such as Siemens, with most critics agreeing on the 8 year mark. That means lots of investment from existing and new businesses. These businesses will likely require web development, and that’s where we come in.
If you’re interested in becoming a web developer, you may be thinking “where on Earth do I start?” This is exactly what I was asking myself. I am a marketer by trade, with specialist knowledge in PPC & SEO. My experience in SEO gave me something of an advantage, as my knowledge of HTML and how sites function was better than most. Still I made many of the rookie mistakes. So, I decided to make this quick list of tips to help others that want to do the same.
Pick a specific goal
Don’t just learn languages, lead to build
This is another area where I went wrong. I started on Code Academy. As opposed to Team Treehouse, Code Academy is free. It is a great place to learn mark up and programming languages, but I wasn’t learning how to build things. Also, in hindsight this track progressed far too quickly. I covered HTML, CSS and JQuery in around two weeks but I hadn’t covered the theory behind web development. When you understand the theory, the languages and syntax all fall into place.
Google is your friend
Nobody can remember everything and all developers have to look things up every now and then. Most things have been built before and there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. There is an entire online community of web developers that help each other out. You can usually find all the help you need on sites like Stack Overflow.
ALWAYS Read the documentation
This is very important. Often, prevention is much easier than the cure. By making sure that you read the documentation thoroughly you can avoid most common mistakes. This applies to everything from using frameworks like Foundation and Bootstrap to a CMS like WordPress or Magento.
Leave Your Ego Out of It