Are you looking to get into web development in 2021? Your path should be very similar to 2020 and, heck, even 2010, in my opinion.
Let me tell you why.
Doubling down on the basics:
These basics are way more powerful than learning a "tool".
Disclaimer: I won't be talking about knowing programming standards, how the internet works, etc. This might be an additional perfect basis for you, though.
Ok, but what about x?
I'm sure many of you will be arguing, but what about Tailwind?
Let's narrow it down. Tailwind is a tool to write quicker utility-driven CSS.
Meaning: Tailwind is a tool to write CSS
And let's split that even further: Tailwind === CSS.
For me, it makes way more sense to learn CSS. You might remember tools like: Bootstrap, BulmaCSS, PureCSS, and about a billion more?
We should leverage great tools as they make our lives easier, but don't forget they are just a tool, making our basics easier to write.
I've personally used many CSS frameworks before. If you know exactly how to do something in plain CSS, you have no issue finding what you need for each framework and its fantastic documentation.
Also, don't forget these tools will go out of rotation. A lot of people dropped bootstrap and moved on, meaning if you had no understanding of how CSS works, you'd have a hard time figuring out the next big tool.
The same thing!
And one could argue that JS tools swap favorites more than your average underwear.
It's ok to extend your basics
As a side note here, it's ok to extend your basics. Heck, if you love React, Vue, Angular, Svelte, or whichever.
In the long term, it will make you so much better if you are that guy that understands the basics fully, even making your framework of choice easier to grasp.
The godfather of web development
Oef, I might get some hate for this title, but to me, HTML is the absolute godfather of web development.
I could build a web with just HTML, no CSS, no JS, and it would work.
- How does HTML work
- Tags in HTML
- Which tags are there
- When to use which tag
- HTML document structure
- Nesting in HTML
And so forth, this, in return, will give you a solid basis for becoming the best web developer you can be!
You are looking to get into web development.
Your basis must be strong. Focus on these three pillars of web development first:
Only once you've mastered these explore the tools to make those basics even easier.
What's your opinion on this solid foundation of web development?