Overview - Web Developer
A Web Developer is a Software Engineer that develops applications specifically for the world wide web. The applications generally utilize a server and a client (web browser).
Some of the programming languages that Web Developers currently use include:
- On the server side, java, C++, C# and VB.net are often utilized. Some scripting languages, such as perl, VBScript and PHP are also used.
- To collect information from web users, the popular relational database technologies utilized by Web Developers include MYSQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Sever. XML is also often used for document data transfer.
Web Developers - Education
Web Developers usually have formal education and training. A BSCS is common for this position. In addition, training in specific languages is very common.
Becoming a Web Developer
The most straightforward path to becoming a Web Developer is through formal training (a BSCS or MSCS). Software Engineers that do not have web development experience may start by developing small components or pieces of web applications with guidance from more senior developers.
Internships and contract positions are also a great way to get started in a Web Development career. The more hands on training, the better!
Career Path for Web Developers
Web Developers have a couple of possible career path options.
- One path would continue within a Development role, which would remain very hands on in coding.
- The second option is to move into a Software Architecture role, which is less development and more complex, high-level design.
Either path may eventually lead to Project Management or Product Management roles, depending on the company and the individual interests.
The Web Developer role is often confused with the Web Designer role. The two roles are very different!