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Thread: Skill sets for web developer ?

  1. #1
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    Aug 2005

    Skill sets for web developer ?


    For a good web developer, does he need to have all skills of web technologies such as PHP,ASP.NET,PERL,JSP,CFM, etc ?

    Let me know your thoughts with how & why.

    Thanks for your wise advice.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    Everyone is going to have a different opinion on this, but I'd really recommend knowing both PHP and ASP (preferrably .NET). Most linux servers run PHP, and most Windows servers run ASP. I've never run into a scenario where I couldn't use one or the other...

  3. #3
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    Apr 2003
    Rosemount, MN
    Their are web designers -- ones who design the site (CSS/HTML/XHTML/ETC.)

    Their are web programmers -- ones who program the site (PHP/ASP/.NET/JAVA/C/ETC.)

    To be a good web developer, you should be a good web designer, along with knowing 1 or more of the programming languages. Otherwise you are either a good web designer, or a good web programmer.
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  4. #4
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    Jun 2006
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    Where to develop skills?

    Where do you develop those skill sets? I am largely self-taught, and I can continue to go that route, but to learn things such as PHP, ASP, and .NET, I need access to a Windows server (more than my puny home box) to practice and try on. And to try and learn Flash, I first have to have access to the software (kind of an expensive investment for a self-taught webbie) For some reason our school district IT guys won't let me have a sandbox on their Windows 2003 server, plus their security settings are so high that I'd have a better chance getting into the local government's servers...

  5. #5
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    Aug 2005
    Bristol, England
    You can write PHP and Perl on a home PC and interpret it with an Apcahe Server, so you don't need access to a windows server for that. I can't think of any solutions to the others though.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2003
    get a cheap web host. 5 bucks a month will do the trick. then you can practice php or .net or perl or anything else to your hearts content. i reccomend learning .Net (especially C#) AND php. Once you can get around a bit, start picking up T-SQL. If you are using PHP check out MySQL. If you are using .Net try to find a host with MS SQL Server.

    Database programming is typically the most valuable skill a web programmer can have, but you need to become adept with a programming language or 2 first.

    Web design is nice, but is of little value compared to database programming and it pays a lot lower. Of course it all boils down to what you enjoy the most. Become an expert at a few things a be familiar with as many as possible.

    From Monster, median salaries for the SF Bay area:
    Web Designer III (4+ years experience): $80,684

    Senior Java Developer (4-6 years experience): $105,318

    Data Architect (4-6 years) $95,686

    Senior Software Engineer: $98,743

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