“Given that more than half the world’s population has internet access, with more to come, now is a great time to learn web development to create applications and reach that audience.”
Name: Nick Schaden (@nschaden)
Occupation: Web Designer/Developer
1. In 140 characters or less, what is front-end web development, from your experience?
A mix of programming and layout that powers the visuals, interactions, and usability of the web.
2. If a website were a house, front-end web development would be ______?
Front end development would be the pretty exterior that gives the house character, or the host that invites guests in and makes them feel at home.
“I love meeting students from a wide variety of industries, with a whole spectrum of goals, from all over the world. I’m continually inspired by the thoughtful, creative projects they build in the course that showcase their new skills and unique vision.”
– Sasha Vodnik, Front-End Web Development Instructor, General Assembly San Francisco
“Now is a great time to learn web development because there are so many quality resources available to find and use. Once you gain that skill, there’s an entire world of learning to do!”
Cory Fauver, Web Development Immersive Instructor, GA San Francisco
“Writing code is a craft as well as a creative outlet, and it’s not limited by industry. The discipline of creating software is useful to anyone, as it’s a way to think about problems and know how to technically solve them.”
Danny Kirschner, Web Development Immersive Instructor, General Assembly Providence
“I aim to help students recognize what they already know and connect it to what they’re trying to do. At GA, we teach how to troubleshoot and find answers so you can grow as a developer long after you leave the classroom.”
Learning to code is the ultimate career-booster, whether you’re looking to elevate your current skill set or make it your full-time work. Having software engineering skills can land you a job in nearly any industry, including tech startups, financial services, media, and beyond.
Coding knowledge is power — whether you’re an independent business owner, creative professional, or simply someone with an interest in the web. When you know how to code, you can build your own website and have full control over your web presence. If you work regularly with your company’s web team, you’ll be able to speak their language and improve communication — and you’ll be able to make some changes yourself instead of calling on them to do it.
When you start learning how to code, it can make a difference which editor you use. Your editor will help shape your path as a developer, so trying out different methods is vital. Front-end developer and writer for Smashing Magazine, Anselm Hannemann, gives you his tips for selecting and getting started with your first editor.
When you graduate from college, you have a degree in some specific subject(s). But it is becoming increasingly important that you have practical skills when you enter the workplace, in addition to the specific knowledge you gained during your college career.
When you enter the workforce, no matter who you work for, there will be some learning curve as you learn how they do business, what tools they use, and their processes and procedures. But wouldn’t it be great if on day one when you arrived at that sweet new job, you were teaching them new tricks?
If you learn these three digital age skills, there’s a good chance that you will blow their doors off when you start work on Monday.