Who This Article is For
What This Article Isn’t
I will not go into coding an example or project. To get experience, it’s best to practice the ideas and concepts covered. For hands on work, I’d recommend visiting any of the resources highlighted in the end or following a YouTube series.
My Advice on Development
If you want to get into Software Development, start with learning the fundamentals of the language. Learn the basic syntax for the language, but don’t get hung up on trying to master it. You can look that up as you go. It’s more important to focus on the key concepts and the functionalities of the language you are working with.
HTML & CSS
HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language and with it, you define the elements of your site. It is like the structure and foundation of a home. In it’s bare form, it works but it doesn’t look good. If all websites only had HTML, they would look the similar and you would just see text, links, images.
To add some color to your site, you will need CSS. With it, you can transform your site to make it look aesthetically pleasing by defining the font, size, width, padding, color, spacing, shadow, and much more.
HTML and CSS can take you pretty far. But your site will be limited as a static website.
Static vs Dynamic
Static means that your site has fixed content that will display the same information to all users. It’s a good place to host information, content, and links to other pages. For a lot of sites, this is all you need. But as soon you need to handle transactions and do more than just display content on the screen, then your site will need to be dynamic. For example, if your website needs to have users login, create an account, or purchase something, then you will need a dynamic site.
API’s are useful if you want to connect your site to other applications, like MailChimp or EventBrite for example. If you’re in need of a database, you’ll need to decide between SQL and NoSQL. Because this article is an introduction to your first coding of a website, I won’t go into the details of APIs and Databases. If you’re ready to learn more about them, the links below can help break them down. What’s an API, and difference between SQL and NoSQL.
To get started, you can learn and practice for free on W3 schools, and Free Code Camp. For a paid option, I recommend Zero To Mastery by Andrei. The courses he has cover different topics within Web development.