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Web Development 101

Tuesday May 15, 2018 Kudzai Nyandoro

It takes a lot of work to build a web application. When I got started 5 years ago, I gave up a few times because I got very overwhelmed with what was out there to learn. I felt like I had to learn it all, I tried to learn it all at once and that was a mistake. I've since learned that the best approach is to take it one day at a time. Take baby steps and build up each day on what you learned the day before. There are many resources on the web that can help you get started and I will share some of these with you. Basically, you want to learn the very basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to begin with. Next, it's important to build small projects as you go along with your tutorials. Get familiar with your text editor. When you run into an error the first step is to read it, then search for it using a search engine such as Google and then go to a place like StackOverflow to see if someone else has run into the same problem as you. While you're there, find out how this person resolved his or her issue. If you don't find the answer to your problem, then post your question and provide the error message and code you're talking about on the forum. You can post your error message on the forum or use tools like GitHub Gits, or Bitbucket Snippets etc.