Everyone who wants to get started in software development or programming or any branch of Information Technology has, at some point, googled the following terms listed below
- How to learn programming?
- What programming language should I learn first?
- How can one become a software developer without a degree in computer science?
All these questions are normal for one to ask when they are just starting out in the field. This article will show a simple pathway to achieving an answer to those questions that led you here in the first place.
Outlined below are steps towards becoming a web developer
1. Decide That This is the Path You Want to Follow
Nothing good comes easy and greatness takes time, so you cannot rush it. Those might sound like rap lyrics but in all sincerity, it has been said that mastery takes about 10,000 hours of practice. It is of utmost importance that you commit to following this path of lifelong learner and skill perfection
3. Seek for Online Resources to Learn Coding
As at the time of writing this article, there are a ton of websites and applications that teach people how to code and write software. I will suggest only two below. This is because I want you to get started as soon as you finish reading this article and not spend time browsing through a million places looking for where to begin.
- Codecademy is easy to use and very helpful for beginners. It will show you, step by step how to get started in web development, various programming languages and a lot of functional topics in software development.
4. Look for a Place to Learn Offline
People generally learn and consume content/information in different ways. Some people prefer videos, some audio recordings or podcasts and some others prefer learning one on one with a teacher. It could be noteworthy to state that having direct access to a mentor in person is invaluable.
Well, a good place to start would be checking locally around you for places where you can learn web development. You are more likely to meet mentors and people who are more advanced learners than you. These people could offer assistance in ways that would save you hours of worry and frustration over a comma or an unclosed curly brace in programming. If you are in Port Harcourt, a great place to learn online is elitePath; the website you’re viewing right now and our contact information is in the footer of this website.
5. Go to a Meetup in your town or city
A lot of developers go for meetups and conferences. It offers a unique opportunity to network with other professionals in the field. By making an effort to go for any of these conferences or meetups, you’ll get the chance to meet learners in your level of learning and people in other areas of learning in software development. This will increase your network which can be invaluable
6. Get to Work
You have seen everything you need to get started. So stop reading more articles on how to get started and actually go out there and get started.
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