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    Web development

    Whats everybody opinion on the state of web development , it seems most people are going to mobile development with swift and java , and that everybody who was a web developer and wants to stay one is not doing php and writing WordPress websites. I think the the automation process has knocked the socks off the bottom end of webdesign with many drag and drop website builders , how to we survive this without changing our career paths as right now im considering pushing seo and marketing more as web design is just not lucrative anymore.

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    I have always felt the term "Web Designer" was more what everyone doing those script kiddy websites fell under....people with very little talent can toss together a cut and paste web site and sell it to uninformed clients...same with WordPress sites.

    However a true web developer actually knows how to code, <---- key word here is code..they don't need to rely on other peoples templates or scripts because they can develop their own solutions..that's what makes them stand out from the wanna be web designers. I think once you learn several languages so that your able to do both front end and back end development work on websites and web clients, you'll have no worries about the 'state of web development' you'll be so far out in front of your competition.

    I'd suggest you not throw away your php, but also look into javascript/node/angular and if you really want to work on web type backends, asp.net and ruby/phython if you want to continue to horn your skills and stay in this buisness.


    Quote Originally Posted by nesir View Post
    Whats everybody opinion on the state of web development , it seems most people are going to mobile development with swift and java , and that everybody who was a web developer and wants to stay one is not doing php and writing WordPress websites. I think the the automation process has knocked the socks off the bottom end of webdesign with many drag and drop website builders , how to we survive this without changing our career paths as right now im considering pushing seo and marketing more as web design is just not lucrative anymore.

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    Yeah i hear you , the more i go into php the more i love it , the growing complexity , multiple resolutions to a single problem and you deciding what is the best one. Since posting this i actually read an article on web development speaking specifically about how python was going to wipe out php. What made me realise many things is that this article was written in 2014 . Im not for or against any language , i believe most have their place and value. I failed to admit i do know some javascript ( very limited ) but it is on my list for sure to get more intimate with this language.

    Im trying to get to that point in php where i can code as you put it. I can always manipulate templates to do what i need, so i was under the impression i understood the language , but i realised how much i am missing out on , why not write your own stuff ( surely that is the greatest reward of coding ) a nice program or script come to life created by yourself. So i sat there with a blank slate in-front of me , and realised i dont know half as much as i though.

    I know guys who are really good front end developers. they studied and are always looking up things. A mix of aesthetics ,visual advertising type articles to those whom take it seriously ( they may not be coders as you put it ) but what they do also requires of talent and knowledge off consumers, trends, and actually alot of "psychological tricks " within their designs to enhance conversion rates
    Last edited by nesir; 01-09-2018 at 04:01 AM.

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