Entering any new field is bound to be challenging, especially one in constant shift such as web app development. Nevertheless, creating content for the internet is a rewarding venture; its many, many difficulties are well-compensated for by the many rewards that it can give back.
With a lot of decisions to make, a lot of variables to consider, and a lot of practice to do in order to really step into web app development, here are some advice to help you get started.
- Consider Open Source!
- One of the most common things you’ll hear as a web app developer, is to spend some time working on something that’s open source. This is because it is a very hands-on process which can provide you with some very useful experience and knowledge for the work you’ll be undertaking in the future. Open-source projects are also the perfect time to meet other people in the field, allowing you to do some networking or act like an eager apprentice learning from a master.
- Join forums, groups, social media pages and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Learn where the web app developers are, and go there. Go through websites that people in the field and get noticed. Post stuff, even if it’s just asking questions or just hoping for some advice. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain just from that.
- How’s your Network?
- Creating a network for your foray into the web app development field is very useful. A good, well-connected network will introduce you to your future boss or your future partner. Regardless, it will allow you to contact the right people to get you in the right track.
- Report Code
- When you’ve got enough experience and practice under your belt, it’s a good idea to start sharing your code for the world to see. Doing so is your way of giving back for the open source stuff you used, as well as getting yourself some useful self-promotion. Well, as long as the code is good. Even better if you can also share any useful tips and hacks you’ve discovered while working. Sharing good information generates positive opinions of you, which makes you desirable as a professional.