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Real World Experience

Angela Whisnant
Former Computer Operator at SAS Institute. Budding web developer looking for small projects to gain experience.
・2 min read

I recently read Devon Campbell's post: Pushing Through: Stoicism for Aspiring Web Developers. Along with a lot of other great advise, this one stood out to me:

This philosopher is telling you to stop doing tutorials. I don’t mean you should never use them, but stop leaning on this crutch as the only way you’ll learn.

As Devon explains, development is being presented with a problem and building a solution in software. So the best way to become a web developer, is by working on a software solution to a problem. I have heard this advise from others here at Dev.to, but I have felt that I didn't have enough knowledge to solve anything. Not so. I know HTML5 and CSS and am just starting coursework on javascript. I know stuff.:0) If you are like me, you do, too!

Here is a list of 10 Great Web Development Learning Projects for beginners. They are from Devon's website, RadDevon. I've added two of them to my GitHub repository. One, because I really want it, and the other, because I know I can do it with HTML and CSS.

I hope this will be helpful for my beginner friends and I also would love more learning-project ideas that can be built with HTML and CSS or maybe a little javascript thrown in.;-> Experienced developers, make this article even more helpful...add your suggestions! And, definitely read Devon's articles here on Dev.to, give him a "Follow" and check out his website. He rocks!

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Ashlee (she/her)

As Devon explains, development is being presented with a problem and building a solution in software. So the best way to become a web developer, is by working on a software solution to a problem.

Totally agree! Tutorials give us the answers. This is fine when your focus is on learning early concepts and how to code, but after a while, it becomes time to put those creative juices to work. 🙌

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Angela Whisnant Author

Yes! I’m sure it couldn’t hurt my confidence, either!

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