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18 Things Every Web Developer Should Try At Least Once 

How do you become a developer? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Ken Mazaika, CTO and Co-founder of The Firehose Project, on Quora:

You can become a web developer by doing these 18 things. These are in no particular order, but I recommend trying all of them over the course of your journey, especially #10 and #15.

1. Build something with HTML and CSS. It’s relatively easy to launch a simple website using these technologies.

2. Start a side project. Come up with an idea for a project and start planning it out. By getting it down on paper, you’ll motivate yourself to turn it into a reality.

3. Give front-end development a try. Front-end developers work very closely with the visual elements of a web application. Try it out and see if you like it.

4. Go to meetups. When you talk to developers in person, it can give you some awesome perspective.

5. Watch tech conference talks on YouTube. These talks expose you to new ways of thinking.

6. Answer Quora questions about learning to code. Writing about coding can help you understand it more deeply, and Quora is a great place to share knowledge about the craft.

7. Give the Ruby programming language a shot. Ruby’s fluid syntax makes it a great language to get started with.

8. Experiment with different technologies. You’ll figure out what you like and don’t like, which can help you figure out what type of development you want to focus on moving forward.

9. Inspire someone to learn to code with you. This will always make you more accountable and productive.

10. Don’t forget about the fundamentals. If you truly want to become a developer, you need to learn essential CS concepts like algorithms and data structures.

11. Work with a database. Databases power almost every single web application out there. Learn this stuff.

12. Work with JavaScript. This is a pretty weird programming language. But if you’re learning to code in 2017, you need to learn at least a certain amount of it.

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21 Steps to Becoming a Successful Web Developer

This is important to ask, because so many people around the world are web developers, but how many of them are successful at it?

My goal for this article is to equip you with the mindset, knowledge and skills to stand out from the crowd and make a success of your web development career — whether that’s at a company or freelancing for yourself.

This article is intended for aspiring web developers and web developers who are struggling to break through the “barrier of mediocrity.”

These 21 steps will help you succeed in web development and beyond.

1. Is This Something You’re Truly Passionate About?
“Passion” is a word so commonly used that the actual meaning gets distorted. It actually means “a strong and barely controllable emotion.”

Passion is not passive: it’s a pursuit to act. Most people hate their 9–5 jobs, but few do jobs they love and are passionate about.

It’s important to ask yourself these three questions:

    1. Does the thought of creating websites and web apps excite me?
    2. Would this be an exciting career for me to do?
    3. Would becoming a web developer be in line with the lifestyle I’d like to have for myself (and my family)?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you’re on the right path to becoming a web developer.

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