While most developers focus on creating native mobile apps, the market is in great demand for web applications. Training in web application development is relatively easy, especially if you already have programming skills. Here are some tips to help you become a web application developer.
Learn about web application development
You can do it in many ways. There are training centers in application development, but if you already have advanced programming knowledge, self-learning with the documentation available online may be sufficient. If you take your first steps in mobile development, you will still need to learn these skills:
- – Develop, implement and maintain web applications,
- – Ensure access to data in accordance with established security and accessibility standards,
- – Configure and operate computer systems,
- – Configure the servers for the deployment of web applications,
- – Manage the databases,
- – Develop web applications with access to databases,
- – Integrate content into web applications,
- – Develop web application interfaces,
- – Develop multimedia components and integrate them in the interface of the application,
- – Develop and integrate software components,
- – Develop services and know how to integrate them into already existing web applications.
Then you’ll just put your knowledge into practice and create web applications. Without experience, it will probably be difficult to find the first customers, but you can make some personal projects to showcase your skills to your potential customers.
Career opportunities in web application development
Web application development can be a springboard for the development of applications of other types, native or not. So, starting your career as a web application developer, you will easily become a multiplatform application developer. With skills in Android development and more, you could also claim the job of full-stack developer. Finally, if you master the app design, you will be able to work as a mobile application designer.
Become an independent web application developer or employee?
This will depend on all of your mobile development skills. If you only specialize in web application development, being part of a multidisciplinary team will probably be the best option. However, if you also have other skills, for example in Android and iOS development, you will certainly be able to realize application projects as a freelance developer.
Being a web application developer, is it enough to make a living?
The truth is that multidisciplinarity is very popular in the mobile application market, especially now that most applications are developed in Android or iOS. If web application development is your only specialization, we strongly recommend that you expand the scope of your skills.
But do not isolate yourself from the world of work by dedicating yourself full time to studying new operating systems. Look for web application development projects to consolidate your achievements and enrich your portfolio.
A professional portfolio that allows you to stand out
A portfolio presenting the applications you have made will enhance your profile in the eyes of the future employer much more than a cover letter or a CV. So look for interesting projects or do some in a personal capacity.
If you have already developed several applications, you may not be able to include them all in your portfolio. Be concrete and respond directly to the requirements of the project for which you are applying, and remember that your technical skills will always be the most important application for the position of application developer. Specify them clearly and give examples of apps you have developed. In addition to talking about the operating systems that you master – Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone – you can highlight your skills in app design or in user experience.
It is important to prove that you have skills in mobile development, but it is useless to give too much detail about your trainings and schools. A short description of your specialization is enough. During the interview, where you will have to prove that you are the right person for the job, always focus on what you can contribute to the project and not what you have done “in general”.