HOW THE PANDEMIC PROVED WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME A WEB DEVELOPER IN 2021 AND BEYOND 👨🏿‍💻

By: Leon 2K Asare

The global pandemic known as the coranavirus has proven that any business or economy can be shutdown. But, unlike the United States of America or foreign superpowers, as indivduals citizens, it is illegal for us to print our own money. Therefore, if we want to produce cashflow during an economic decline, it will have to be by improving our skillset and hustling. One of the best skills you should considering learning (for economic reasons), is web development. You can turn that skillset into a grand hustle by freelancing (contract work) for indivdual aspiring entrepreneurs, mom and pop businesses to large international companies like Apple and Microsoft.

With remote coding, unlike most 9-5 jobs like hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism related companies who had to layoff or fire staff members during the global pandemic, no one can lay you off as a freelance web developer. Sure, some people can decide to stop doing business with you, and you can decide to stop doing business with them for whatever reason, but no one can prevent you from freelancing , and acquiring new clients and projects.

The Option of Self-Study:

Unlike many other professionals like Plumbers, construction workers, electricians, lawyers and doctors, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to attend a trade school or university. Hell, you don’t even have to spend money going to a coding bootcamp, because it is known in the software engineering industry that a lot of web developers are self-taught.

The University Of You:

Your education as a self-taught web developer will come come via books by authors like Jon Duckett, who has written and published books on various coding languages and libraries like HTML, CSS, Javascript, Jquery, PHP and Mysql. There are also websites like W3schools.com, which is a free online coding academy, with its own coding editor. W3school has various coding certificate programs, but you don’t need to take one of the certificate programs to use the code editors or complete the courses for free. But, for those people who would still like to have a certificate to add to their portfolio, you can take the examine for a certificate program for about 100 US bucks. That being said, the true test of your knowledge is not going to be gained through taking coding exams, and most of the people who will seek your service could careless about what exams you have passed and the certificates you have acquired. The people who seek your services only care about what you can do for them. And no better way to show a potential client about the work you can do is by showing them your past projects in your portfolio.

The Pay:

As a newbie web developer if you have little or no reputation, you should expect little or no pay (this will change over time if your skills and reputation continue to grow). In fact your first projects on your portfolio should be your own passion projects. They don’t have to be your dream projects, but projects that you have a passion for, this will give you the motivation to code, even when you don’t want to. For example, if you are a hobbist photographer, you may want to create a photography blog from scratch. Your next step should be getting a web development blog, so that you can share your knowledge with aspiring programmers, and you can in return grow your name in the coding community.

Note: Make sure to share your blog posts on all of your social networks, including : Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

The Next Step:

Your next step I would suggest the aspiring web developer do is sign-up to freelance and employment websites like: Upwork, Steady, Craigslist, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc. So, that you can connect with people and businesses that want to pay for your programming skills. I would suggest charging lower prices at first, to increase the likelihood of getting a gig contract offer, and as your reputation icreases on the previously mentioned websites/apps, you will be able to steadily increase your price, which in the Bay Area can reach well over a hundred thousand dollars a year.

Four Web Resources Every Aspiring Web Developer Should Utilize..

By: Leon “2K” Asare

Web resources are extremely important to every web developer. They can range from an online YouTube tutorial to a coding repository that can save your code for you like an online bank for your code. So, just in case you lose or something happens to your computer, you will still be able to retrieve your hard coded work. Here are four of my top web resources for the aspiring web developer.

1.W3schools.com is the largest and most used website for web developers. It is not only a magnificent educational tool and online coding academy for newbie coders, but it’s also a good reference website for experienced programmers.

2.Stackoverflow.com is another website that is a good reference resource for the up-and-coming or even professional software engineers. It’s a website where you can take part in public and private Q&As to have your developer questions answered or you can answer questions of other developers who need some useful advice. One of the great features of Stackoverflow.com is the the section that allows you to browse for web development jobs.

3.https://github.com/ is a website the allows web developers to save their thousands or even hundreds of thousands of lines code in an online repository, which can be easily accessed anywhere in the world. The great thing about Github is that it allows for team member collaboration for online web projects. Team members don’t even have to be on the same continent to work on a project together. You can be on a beautiful beach in Ghana West Africa, and your teammates can be scattered throughout America, Asia and Europe; and yet the entire team can can be working on a project simultaneously.

4. YouTube is one of my favorite websites to find free online tutorials. There are literally hundreds or even thousands of hours of free coding tutorials. Most of them are taught by experienced web professionals. One of my favorite YouTube coding channels is https://youtube.com/c/TraversyMedia. It’s taught by one of the best programmers I have ever seen give tutorials (free or paid). He literally has hundreds of hours of free online tutorials on markup and programming languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, PHP, MYSQL and NodeJs and web frameworks like Reactjs, Bootstrap, AngularJs, Jquery and much more.

To The Aspiring Web Developers….

By: Leon “2K” Asare

So, you want to be a freelance web developer, but where do you start first? In my opinion, if you’re starting from scratch, I would start with HTML: Hyper-Text Markup Languages (which is the building blocks of a website). The next language I would suggest you learn is another markup language called CSS: Cascading Style Sheets (which helps to style your HTML and gives your website a more aesthetically pleasing design). The programming language of Javascript, would be the next language on my list, Javascript gives your website functionality, and makes it easier for users to interact with it.

HTML, CSS and Javascript are Front-end development languages, if you believe you would like to experiment with back-end web development, there are languages like Node.js (back-end Javascript), Python, PHP, and Java would be languages that you would have to learn (you only have to learn one, so see which one is in demand in your area).

A great free online learning resource is W3schools.com, it’s like having your own coding bootcamp in your phone or laptop/desktop. W3schools.com has hundreds of chapters you can read and exercises that you can perform. One of W3schools.com best features is its code editor, which you can use to practice your coding.

That being said, you don’t have to complete the courses at W3schools.com or any other website or book before you start working on your first web developer project, here is a list of free and or cheap text editors for web developers:

1. Visual Studi Code : Code.VisualStudio.com (my choice).

2. Sublime Text 3 (SublimeText.com)

3. Atom (Atom.io)

4. Coffecup.com (coffeecup.com/html-editor)

5. NotePadd++ (Notepad-plus-plus.org)

6. Vim (Vim.org)

Here are some great online learning resources:

1. https://www.w3schools.com/

2.https://www.youtube.com/user/TechGuyWeb

3. https://stackoverflow.com/