Web Development for Beginners: Best Tutorials to Follow

Web Development for Beginners: Best Tutorials to Follow

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In case you are interested in learning how to code in order to build your own website, or you plan on making this your future career, you definitely would need some guidance for the beginning. The following are some helpful resources for you to learn from.

PHP 101 for the Absolute Beginner is a great place where you can find free tutorials on PHP language – the one used for Flash and all the exciting things on the internet. It is now used for most websites server-side programming, and with simple tutorials you can learn it in no time.

Codecademy will feel like a university course except the fact you can choose the time classes will take place. These lessons will guide you through the beginning of web development, and that is – learning about HTML and CSS. You will as well get the practical tasks to train your skills.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial deals with one of the popular frameworks they use for developing websites. This book will not only teach you about the Rails, but also introduce the general notions and tool you can use for web development no matter what platform you will use in your work.

30 Days to Learn jQuery will help you making friends with jQuery. Being a convenient JavaScript library, it is designed to make client-side scripting easier. So, these short lessons will make you a pro in jQuery in a month.

Coding Pitfalls for Beginners is not really a tutorial, and you better read this one after you spend some time learning the basic notions and rules of your web development languages and frameworks. Written by the Tuts+, this article will teach you about some of the most common mistakes young web developers may make in their work. The article mainly focuses on JavaScript and Ruby, but it as well mentions some general issues, so can be applied to anyone.

The best courses for learning web development

Curious what web development courses you should take?

Here are my recommended courses based on my own experience and research. They’re ordered generally from beginner to more advanced topics, so you can actually follow a pretty good track if you start from the top.

If you’re a beginner, I’d start with either freeCodeCamp or Colt Steele’s bootcamp. And honestly, it can’t hurt to do both, because when you re-learn the topics the second time, it will cement them better in your memory.

After that, you can continue down the line.

The only exception would be that you only need to do John Morris’ Upwork course if you’re trying to go the freelance route. It wouldn’t apply if you’re planning to work for a company eventually.

Team Treehouse

Treehouse is one of the most popular learning platforms for coding, and with good reason. Their instruction quality is top notch, and they are very beginner-friendly. Treehouse has a large collection of courses, and also offer “tracks,” an easy-to-follow path to learn all the material related to, say, front-end web development. It takes a lot of guesswork out of trying to figure out what you need to learn.

Treehouse is a premium platform, using a subscription-based model. But they give you a lot of bang for your buck. One especially helpful feature is the workspaces. Workspaces let you write and test code online, without the hassle of having to set up a local server.

All in all Treehouse is a really great option that I highly recommend, especially for beginners. You can give them a spin and sign up for a free 7 day trial.

freeCodeCamp.org

FreeCodeCamp is a non-profit organization founded by Quincy Larson, a teacher-turned-engineer. His mission is to make learning to code accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. The result has been freeCodeCamp, a self-paced, full-stack bootcamp that is completely free!

The tech stack that they teach includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React.js, Node.js and mongoDB. In addition, the website has a great message forum for students where you can ask questions on the assignments.

If you’re looking for a free option to get your feet wet in learning web development, you may like freeCodeCamp.

The Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele

Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp is the number 1 rated course of its kind on Udemy. Colt was a bootcamp instructor who decided to make his curriculum available online. The more than 40 hours of video lectures goes through everything a beginner would need to know: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, and MongoDB.

The course has a 4.7 average rating by students, and at a price point of between $10-20 (depending on what promotion Udemy is running), it’s a bargain compared to the traditionally very expensive bootcamps.

JavaScript and CSS courses by Wes Bos

Wes Bos is one of the most well-known JavaScript teachers online. He has a teaching style that is really engaging and not at all boring, and he also does a great job explaining concepts.

I’ve linked to a few of his courses just because I think he is such a great teacher, and his courses are very in-depth. Some of his courses are free, and others are paid courses.

Here are some of his most popular courses:

One of Wes’ most well-loved courses is the free course called JavaScript 30. With over 8 hours of video tutorials, JavaScript 30 will show you how to build 30 different projects. These projects include cool tools like a virtual drum kit, custom video player, and a whack a mole game.

One caveat is that it may be a bit advanced for complete newbies to JavaScript. However, if you have some basic skills already, JavaScript 30 will enable you to build some great projects. And it’s free!