The following details the steps you need to take to become a web developer – this is a question I get all the time by the way … you are not alone!
#1. Learn to code. You need the skills before you can sell them! Today (2014-2015) you need to learn the following technologies in this order:
- HTML5 & CSS3
- Twitter Bootstrap
- SQL & MySQL
- Object Oriented PHP (OOP in PHP)
To be clear, you don’t need to master all these before you get to step #2, #3 and so on … But you do need to see these as the ultimate goal.
… In fact, you could quickly move into step #2 once you have a good understanding of CSS and HTML under your belt. As you learn more though, you will be able to take on more jobs (simply because of the greater variety of skills you will have) and raise your pay/salary as you become more valuable and more experienced.
If you want to read the rest, it’s in this PDF.
I hope you find this useful.
Download the MP3: Stef’s Rules of Programming.
Now the written version:
Stefan’s #1 Rule of Programming:
You will not remember everything you learn.
All the methods, functions, design patterns and other constructs found in PHP are far too many to for any human to remember. That’s why god invented Google and php.net.
… A good book can help too!
The most important thing to remember when learning PHP, are the basic concepts and practices. So I am talking about things like, function, arrays, classes, recursion, MVC et cetera. Again, it is not important that you remember the specific syntax – that you will forget in time. No, it is only important you understand what these things are and WHY you would use them.
Read the rest of this entry »
A very common question I get is: do you need a degree to become a professional web designer or programmer?
Short answer: no.
.. But there are a few things to consider.
Big Companies will want a diploma – for now.
If you plan on working for a big company or government, you will probably need some sort of degree to get in. The exception is if you have a lot of experience in the field. I am guessing since you are reading this, that you don’t.
Read the rest of this entry »
After years of the same old design for our DVD’s, I’ve finally decided that we needed a fresh new look. I felt inspired, so instead of getting our designer (Ben) to take care it … I broke out my old designers cap and did it myself!
Yes, it’s a minimal style but that’s what’s in today and besides, all that really matters is what is on the DISC.
Note: We haven’t shipped video courses on CD for years, since they don’t have nearly the capacity (as a DVD) to hold all the videos in a course.
All of our videos play on Windows, Mac and even many modern flat panel TVs.
Hope you like!
Digital download is not for everyone, so we offer DVD copies of all our courses and course packages. A lot of people demand it!
USB Thumb Drives – now optional.
We’ve been slowly fading out the DVD’s for the last year and had some people complain about it. I was surprised, since USB thumb drives are cool and reusable.
But, that was the problem that I did not consider – people like DVDs because you can’t accidentally delete files on them.
… I should have known better, since I use DVDs to backup my precious data for the long term. Disk drives are great but they can crash and you’ve lost your data. With DVDs, you are good for 10-20yrs.
So now, DVDs are what we send … unless you ask for the USB thumb drives.
I want to announce that we just combined our two popular packages (Complete Web Designer and Complete Web Programmer) into one mega training package: Web Developer from Scratch.
This is by far our most comprehensive video package, with over 62hrs of video training that covers everything from basic web design, all the way to advanced PHP programming! This easily the best deal you can find out the Web if you are looking to build a career as a web designer or web developer/programmer.
This is just a tiny snippet of that you will learn:
- HTML and CSS
- HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery
- Building a PHP shopping cart
… And so much more.
An Amazing Price!
The most amazing thing about this package is the price – you get $344 worth of training videos for $179.99! If you were even thinking about getting into a lucrative career as either a web designer or web programmer – NOW is time to start your training today.
If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
I just wanted to announce that my beginners WordPress course should be available within the next few days.
This is a brand new course where I show you how to install and configure WordPress in a self-hosting setup. Self-hosting means that you would have your own hosting account and domain name where you would have total control over what you do.
Just watch the WordPress section of the killervideostore over the next few days, and it will be posted.
- If your goal is to learn how to properly validate HTML forms, this is the course for you!
- Mini Courses are short project video courses that allow to expand your knowledge on a certain topic
- Full source code is included
- Running time: 1hr.
Thanks for reading,
A little video store announcement:
We are now moving away from using DVD’s to mail out the video courses … using USB flash drives instead. So now, when you buy a video course ‘on DVD’, we will actually be mailing you a reusable USB thumb drive.
1. It’s easier.
2. It’s more flexible.
3. It’s better for the environment.
Until next time,
As promised, we are releasing mini courses of various hot topics … this time it is on LESS CSS:
LESS extends CSS making it dynamic and allowing you to use variables, functions, and more. LESS runs on both client or server side. And its a free download!
In a nutshell: LESS brings programming power to CSS. Check out the course page and watch the free sample videos:
Learn about LESS CSS.
Since this post is about LESS, I will end this blog post here.