Top tips for aspiring web developers

December 16, 2013

Here’s one for the aspiring young web developers out there. This guest post is from our friends at Alienation Digital – one of Creative Clyde’s coolest digital agencies.  They’ve created websites for the likes of The London Philharmonic Orchestra & Condor Cycles among others, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about web development.With that in mind, be sure to soak up the wise words which follow and maybe one day you could even find yourself working for them.

tips for web developers

We’re regularly asked for our advice on what aspiring young web developers and programmers should be doing to get their skills up-to-scratch and prepare themselves for the working world. So, we thought we’d write a blog with some of our top tips based on the experiences of our fantastic Alienation Digital web development team.

Whether you’re just starting out and dipping your toes into the web development water, have been coding for years, or recently graduated with a top-notch degree – the transition into the workplace can be daunting. But there are plenty of things you can be doing to make sure you stay on top of all the latest programming languages, trends and best practice procedures, which will help you stand out from the crowd when applying for a job.

Our top tips for the aspiring web developers:

  • Keep up with current technologies by following relevant blogs,  news sites and forums etc. Here’s some of our favourites to get you started: smashingmagazinealistapart and webdesignledger
  • Experiment constantly
  • Use github – the online coding collaboration platform
  • Make the most of social media such as Twitter – follow real industry leaders  –  normally not the ones that shout the loudest
  • Build inspiration from external sources
  • Experiment some more
  • And fundamentally, do stuff that excites you and that you’re passionate about
  • If you’re doing something that doesn’t tick the above boxes, do something else!

Web development is constantly evolving and changing in line with technological advances, and so it requires constant enthusiasm, awareness and dedication. If you’re not committed to keeping up with all the latest in the digital landscape then it’s not for you.

The best web developers we’ve met are those that don’t just see it as work but live and breathe it as part of their daily lives and are passionate.

So there you have it, you’ve got to live the job to be the best. Are you a web developer with some more handy words of wisdom for the budding generation of new developers? If so, let us know in the comments section below!

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