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Hey buddy,

I just graduated from college like 3 weeks ago and just started my first full time job as a front end web developer recently. I am going to tell you how the typical day for me has been so far in my career as a web developer. Please note that the typical day for web developers varies from company to company.

My typical day consists usually fixing front end bugs (HTML, CSS, Javascript errors, testing (A/B Split Testing), unit testing, UX tests to test the usability of mobile or websites, meetings and special projects. In fact, I was just assigned to a huge project at my company today that will launch in late April in fact. I would say overall, I spend most of my time doing filling out ticket requests to fix front end bugs and updating the websites. I work for a large retail corporation, so I have to update the code bases often. Keep in mind that my day job is Front End Web Developer, but I also have back end knowledge (PHP, MYSQL, Java, etc.). I can’t do the back end stuff at my company because the back end is done in ASP.NET and I am not an asp.net developer. I have no design skills at all, at my company, we have a creative team that does the designing.

As far as school goes, college only teaches you the basics. When you graduate, please do not think you know everything like many students do, because you don’t. The real world is different from school work. So far for me, the work is easier and more repetitious, but the workload is heavy. In college you do not learn about the how projects have a budget, production and development environments, soft skills and working with large teams. My biggest suggestion to you is do internships, paid or unpaid. I did two unpaid ones in college and that was enough for me to get a full time job. Also network your yourself and create a good resume. Your college should have a career center that can help with that.

As far as the job market for web developers, it’s hot right now. I had companies from all over blowing up phone when they found out I was on the market. They are still calling me right now, even though I have a job. If you have experience through internships, you should have no issues finding a job in web development. The pay is generally good too :).

Ok, I am going to motivate you a little. I hated college so much. I was broke and depressed everyday. People bullied me and I tried to commit suicide twice. My post college life has been amazing. I have a nice car now and recently bought a brand new beautiful luxury apartment. I can come to work and leave when I want as long as I don’t miss meetings. I can wear shorts and flip flops to work if I wanted too. My bosses are super laid back and easy going. So, being a web developer pays off after you get that first job.

The longer you work in the industry, the more money you make. Most developers that I know do not have advanced degrees. You normally only need an associates or bachelors degree in computer science, information technology, information systems or some other related tech degree. At one time, you did not need a degree, now most companies require it. You could always work for yourself (freelancing) if finding a job at a company does not work out. Honestly though, getting into the industry is not terribly hard since we don’t need certifications, any formal exams or advance degrees. Please make sure you keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Just because you graduate college, does not mean you stop learning. You NEVER stop learning in this field. Make sure you create a portfolio of your work. I developed a PHP website by hand using HTML5, CSS3, JQuery/Ajax, PHP/MYSQL and JSON and put all my web dev projects from my internships and school on the website. My large portfolio and my two internships wowed employers. I was a complete loner in college, so I had free time to work on my career while the other students were out drinking and partying.

Finally and most importantly, HAVE FUN. Seriously, if you are in this field because you want to make money, you will probably will be miserable. I spend my free time programming personal projects for fun. Web development is a hot field now and job growth is expected over the next several years. Well, think that is all. Good luck my friend. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

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Yes of course. With web advertising and designing there is no IT field. May be i’l say that these two are the back bone for current IT trend.

Web design is the skill of creating presentations of content (usually hypertext or hypermedia) that is delivered to an end-user through the World Wide Web, by way of a Web browser or other Web-enabled software like Internet television clients, microblogging clients and RSS readers.

The intent of web design,is to create a web site—a collection of electronic files that reside on a web server/servers and present content and interactive features/interfaces to the end user in form of Web pages once requested. Such elements as text, bit-mapped images (GIFs, JPEGs), forms can be placed on the page using HTML/XHTML/XML tags. Displaying more complex media (vector graphics, animations, videos, sounds) requires plug-ins such as Flash, QuickTime, Java run-time environment, etc. Plug-ins are also embedded into web page by using HTML/XHTML tags.

Improvements in browsers’ compliance with W3C standards prompted a widespread acceptance and usage of XHTML/XML in conjunction with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to position and manipulate web page elements and objects. Latest standards and proposals aim at leading to browsers’ ability to deliver a wide variety of media and accessibility options to the client possibly without employing plug-ins.

Typically web pages are classified as static or dynamic.

Static pages don’t change content and layout with every request unless a human (web master/programmer) manually updates the page.

Dynamic pages adapt their content and/or appearance depending on end-user’s input/interaction or changes in the computing environment (user, time, database modifications, etc.) Content can be changed on the client side (end-user’s computer) by using client-side scripting languages (JavaScript, JScript, Actionscript, etc.) to alter DOM elements (DHTML). Dynamic content is often compiled on the server utilizing server-side scripting languages (Perl, PHP, ASP, JSP, ColdFusion, etc.). Both approaches are usually used in complex applications.

With growing specialization in the information technology field there is a strong tendency to draw a clear line between web design and web development.

Web design is a kind of graphic design intended for development and styling of objects of the Internet’s information environment to provide them with high-end consumer features and aesthetic qualities. The offered definition separates web design from web programming, emphasizing the functional features of a web site, as well as positioning web design as a kind of graphic design.[2]

The process of designing web pages, web sites, web applications or multimedia for the Web may utilize multiple disciplines, such as animation, authoring, communication design, corporate identity, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information architecture, interaction design, marketing, photography, search engine optimization and typography.

* Markup languages (such as HTML, XHTML and XML)
* Style sheet languages (such as CSS and XSL)
* Client-side scripting (such as JavaScript)
* Server-side scripting (such as PHP and ASP)
* Database technologies (such as MySQL and PostgreSQL)
* Multimedia technologies (such as Flash and Silverlight)

Web pages and web sites can be static pages, or can be programmed to be dynamic pages that automatically adapt content or visual appearance depending on a variety of factors, such as input from the end-user, input from the Webmaster or changes in the computing environment (such as the site’s associated database having been modified).

With growing specialization within communication design and information technology fields, there is a strong tendency to draw a clear line between web design specifically for web pages and web development for the overall logistics of all web-based services.

So If you are looking to find work from home in web designing and web advertising, you can start today by clicking the link given below.

http://www.getafreelancer.com/affiliates/nanolab/

This site is actually a marketplace where u can get and post works. I hope this will be more helpful.

Make the best use of it…!!!


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You are a web designer and you are looking for web design for mobile phones as you said there are jobs for web developers for mobile phones.

First of all check with yourself that you are good with standard website design (for desktops, PCs); if you are good then you move to mobile web design. W3C has set of web design standards for mobile websites and you need to adhere to those. Some useful links I found are:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/13/mobile-web-design-trends-2009/

A Roundup of 15 Mobile Web Design Tutorials


http://komunitasweb.com/2009/03/29-tutorials-to-help-you-build-your-mobile-site/

Also, you can search in Google “mobile website design tutorial” and you can find good links to resources on the web.


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Here is a list of good web design schools which is a good start for you http://web-design-schools.net/search-by-school/

When you enroll in a web design program, you will learn about graphics, multimedia applications and web design. The three main aspects of web development are content, programming and design. Depending on your field of focus, you can learn computer languages like HTML, SQL and PHP. You may also choose to learn how to use software such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Another growing trend worthy of study is web video technology. Video is now a major part of almost all leading websites.

Due to the rate of change and innovation in the field of technology, it’s not realistic to think you can learn it all. A good web design program however will provide you a solid foundation you can build upon when learning new skills long after you have received your degree. Web design is a very dynamic field and the learning process will continue as long as you are active in the profession.


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