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.

HTML AND CSS BASICS: WHY USE HTML COMMENTS <!– –> ?

Leon “2K” Asare

FIRST WHAT ARE HTML COMMENTS?

HTML <!–comments–> are little sentences or paragraphs that you put into your HTML document.  The comments can be read by (you) the web developer,  but are not meant to be viewed by your website visitors.

THEN WHY USE COMMENTS IF VISITORS CAN’T SEE THEM?

The usefulness of HTML comments come in the fact that they can and should be used as notes for web developers. For example,  let’s assume that you have a large HTML document,  with many links, sections, images and hundreds if not thousands of lines of code. It would be a very good idea to put comments in each section and area that has it’s own unique task. The reason for this is because the next time you revisit your code to upgrade it, you may need to be reminded of the reason each section of your code was invented for, also if you work in a team, your development team will  find it helpful if your comments help guide then through the matrix of your code syntax.

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/