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Thread: How much of a programming language do I need to know?

  1. #1
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    Sep 2016

    Post How much of a programming language do I need to know?

    I just partly finished a web developer course and learned css3/html5/javascript. I basically feel as if I can visually and partly logicly copy most websites. However, looking at other coders and reading more of the two languages I can clearly see there's still a lot that I don't know.
    I took a html5/css3 test online and couldn't even recognize what most questions was asking. Scored near 50/100. Do I need to seek more info on the two until I know them fully before taking on basic junior developer projects? Pretty much the parts that I don't seem to know are what I don't use often, or more like I don't know how to use them because I never knew about them in the first place.
    What do you recommend? Is it considered unprofessional to google stuff I should likely know already?

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    Practice, practice, practice until things fall into place for you.
    Schools tend to give you a VERY basic idea, now it is up to you improve on what they taught.

    Google is you friend , learning to use is what most folks fail to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train View Post
    ...Google is you friend , learning to use is what most folks fail to do.

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    Nov 2016
    ReCanNet - I've worked in the web industry for near on 20 years and I've yet to meet anybody (myself included), who has learnt 'everything'. I reckon most of us have learned the majority of their skills on the job. I'd say take on your first junior project and keep studying along side. You've already got a great place to start - look at the questions you got wrong on that test and delve deeper on each of them. Hope that helps & good luck!

  5. #5
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    Jan 2017
    Find a first project that is not too large and jump in. I've been doing app development, web development, database admin, and IT admin for 30 years and that is how I've learned everything. As a previous poster suggested, Google can teach you everything you need to know. Just do it!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    I agree with all that was said above. There is no need to learn all the languages at once. If you have already started with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, just continue with it, start learning more frameworks of each language (because there's a lot).

    And don't be afraid of Google, it will help you a lot on projects. IT industry is growing really fast, so each time there has been something new launched you should learn it, and others will do the same.

    And of course, practice a lot! If you have a chance to work on any project, use this chance, dig in, you will find out how to do it and you will become better each time.

    Good luck with your studying!

  7. #7
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    Aug 2017
    wow..i also use google for study....it helps me a lot. now reading all of your speech it gave me a great motivation..thanks to all

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