How to be a Web Developer?

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What is web development?

Before you delve into the nitty-gritty of web development, understand what web development encompasses. Web development, as the name suggests, is the development of a website, specific entities of a website, or any application involving the World Wide Web or the Internet.

Web developers heavily rely on programming languages to build web applications.

However, many are also well-versed in web design to ensure the website or application is both functional and aesthetic. Web developers also need to collaborate with various other teams to make sure the application being delivered is up to the expected standards. They have to work with web designers, testers, etc.

The primary role of the web developer is to ensure a website or web application is user-friendly i.e. users do not experience any difficulty in navigating the site or using the functions on it. Apart from this, a web developer is also responsible for writing, modifying, testing, and debugging software for websites.

It is quintessential for web developers to keep an ear out for industry updates. As technology keeps changing, they have to update themselves and deliver applications that adhere to current standards. This assures the delivery of quality applications.

Types of web developers

Web developers are of three types,

  • Front-end developers: Front-end developers are responsible for developing the layout of the website/application. In other words, they have to make sure the website turns out as the designer intended. The web designer usually provides a visual blueprint of the website which is then brought to life by the front-end developer using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, etc.
  • Back-end developers: A website without any interactivity is of no use to anyone. Adding functionality to the layout developed by the front-end developer is the job of a back-end developer. The tools used to develop the back-end functions of a website, such as PHP, Java Python, etc., are far more powerful than those used for the front-end.
  • Full-stack developers: These developers are highly knowledgeable in both client-side (front-end) and server-side (back-end) development. They are able to strategize and provide suitable inputs to develop high-functioning websites and applications.

HETIC’s role in your progress

HÉTIC’s 3-year BMS in Digital Business equips you with all the skills required to become a competent and efficient web developer. It covers everything from design to development to deployment. Hands-on, practical sessions and intensive workshops in web development assure you are experienced in the intricacies of the subject and are well on your way to a rewarding career in the field.

How much can you make?

Web development is quite a lucrative career path. The average salary for a web developer in India is approximately INR 2,73,000. The pay ranges between INR 1,18,705 (for entry-level roles) and INR 6,67,130 (for senior-level positions). As with any role, the more experience and skills you have will significantly affect the amount you take home. While HTML, Photoshop, and MySQL are staples of any web development role and will help you secure the job, advanced skills such as HTML5, jQuery, Ajax, and Angular.js will give you a substantial edge, both in terms of role and salary.

What subjects should you study?

Web developers have to be familiar with a number of languages and technologies. Some of these include and are not limited to,
HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Go, CFML – ColdFusion, Java, ASP, ASP.NET, SQL, ReactJS, AngularJS and many more.

While it isn’t mandatory to master all these areas, it is definitely good to have extensive knowledge in a few and be acquainted with at least the basics of the rest.

The way forward

The web development career path consists of multiple forks. If you would like to continue on with web development, you can move on to senior positions along the same line. You can also specialize in a single programming language or skill and take your career forward from there. A web developer’s career path usually includes one or more of the following job roles (in no particular order),

  • – Software architect
  • – Technical architect
  • – Project manager
  • – Software developer
  • – Software development engineer
  • – Senior software engineer/developer/programmer
  • – Team Leader
  • – Project Leader

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