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What Makes A Good Web Developer In 2016?

There are a few different types of web developer or areas a developer can specialize in. They are pretty straightforward, but let’s take a look at them.

Types Of Web Developers And Their Focus in Web Development

Front-end Web Developer

Front-end web developers utilize HTML, CSS, and quite often JavaScript in order to turn a static website design into a working site on the web. They are front-end developers, and that is due to their work on the front-end of websites, which is what you are able to see and what you can do when you arrive at the website or page url. Front-end developers’ primiary focus is ensuring that the site looks good visually and the user interactions and site or page layout makes sense to users, and this type of development is sometimes referred to as client-side development.

Some of what they Do:
User experience design, Page layout, Typography, Quality of code, web usability, accessibility and search engine optimization, Web/User Interface Design



Back-end Web Developer

Back-end developers use PHP, Ruby, Python, and other server-side languages to create applications and connect them to a database on one end and the front-end of the website (so people can use it) on the other. Back-end developers are less concerned with design and more focused on security and making sure all of the moving pieces are working together smoothly behind the scenes.

Some of what they Do:
Information design, Code Generation for web sites and applications, Testing and Evaluation of Web systems and Applications



Full-stack Web Developer

Full-stack developers do both front- and back-end development. It isn’t unusual for a web developer (particularly a freelancer) to have skills in both types of languages. For instance, WordPress development is primarily front-end development that dips into back-end development for customizing templates and managing databases. However, a full stack developer isn’t someone who just knows a little bit from each column; she can build a site from start to finish on her own.

Some of what they Do:
Web Services Development and Deployment, Integrating Web Application Environments, Testing and Evaluation of Web systems and Applications



Programming Languages and Technologies in Web Design and Development


Even though there are no formal educational requirements, dealing with web developing projects requires those who wish to be referred to as web developers to have advanced knowledge and skills in a few different programming languages and other technologies/systems in web design and development. Here is a breakdown of most of the common elements at work on nearly every website or web application!


Web Development General Required Knowledge
-CSS (CSS3, Bootstrap, Sass/Less, etc)
-Server/client side architecture
-Ability to utilize a database

Programming/Coding/Scripting in one of the many server-side frameworks (at least one of: Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Go, CFML – ColdFusion, Java, ASP, ASP.NET)

Client-side Programming Languages:
-Java Script
-Microsoft Silverlight

Server-side Programming Languages:
-PHP (open source)
-Java, (ex: Java EE or WebObjects)
-ASP (Microsoft proprietary)
-Ruby, e.g. Ruby on Rails (open source)
-ActiveVFP (open source)
-CSP, (Server-Side ANSI C)
-ColdFusion (Adobe proprietary, formerly Macromedia, formerly Allaire)
-(Many other less common languages exist)

Database technologoes:
-MySQL (Most Commonly Used)
-Microsoft SQL Server

Content Management Systems and Web Scripts and Technologies:
-Google Services and Applications
-Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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