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fourteen tools every web developer should use

If you would like to work smarter and not harder in the new year, you might want to check out the latest technology that will make your job as a web developer much easier long term. From image converters to collaboration tools, screenshot programs, and video creators, you will find a solution to every technical issue you might come across as a web developer. Below we have listed a few free or low cost online programs and tools that will help you deliver your projects faster and more efficiently. After all, most web developers get paid per project, so you don’t want to spend more time on designing than necessary.

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making it easier to get hired as a web developer

Demand for talented web developers is on the rise. And if you are one, then you might not just be waltzing into your next job interview so easily. When demand increases, so does supply. And supply is keeping up with technology demands these days. There are hundreds of online courses popping up daily designed to teach you the basics of front-end development relatively quickly and cheaply. And there are social movements in place to spread technology and STEM as far as they can reach. Needless to say, that somewhat saturates the job markets.

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what exactly is a website

Most people know what a website is from a visual perspective. But most people, including many tech people, have no idea what a website actually is. With the advent of services like Wix and Square Space, many people assume that websites are essentially drag and drop modules that you can "click to edit" or click on "delete" to get rid of. And if you're like my father, then you assume that the entire computer encompasses the entire internet. But that's a very high level look at the entire thing. The highest level I would say. The seamy underbelly is a much more fascinating and dynamic world filled with millions of records of data, temporary storage areas, AI (sometimes) and backdoors and alleys that no one ever finds.

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4 web technologies to learn this year

Because one is never truly done learning. Here is a list of some important technologies that web developers should pick up this year. Some of these aren't new, but they are becoming more important as time goes on. Also, notice how none of these are JavaScript UI frameworks, and that is because most of those frameworks essentially do the same thing. They bind data to DOM elements, just in their own different ways. So if you learn one, then you're not too far off form learning the others. The following list of technologies, however, are completely different, and they have nothing to do with data binding. They're a bit more complex and their functionality is, essentially, non website specific.

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helpful resources for web developers

Making a website can get complex. And I mean, a full website, not a blog or a site with static content. I mean more a website with a business backend that intends to accomplish something. Like a shopping site, a product review site or something like YouTube maybe. You're going to need logos, designs, icons, background patterns and somewhere to store all these things. And if you have a great idea, and just getting started in the web development world, then these sites can help you make that process much easier and hopefully avoid some headaches that come with web development.

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a quick 5 minute guide to css media queries

CSS3 Media Queries are one of the best things to happen to front-end development since that terrible blink tag was deprecated eons ago and it stopped working on MySpace backgrounds. Media queries are expressions that limit the scope of styled elements depending on media features like width and height and resolution. In other words depending on the type of output device, screen width, screen height you can render specifically targeted CSS rules to your elements.

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important web developer skills to learn

In my 6 years writing software professionally and countless others non-professionally I've come across many of the same scenarios many a time. And so I will write down what those are, just for those new devs that spend months learning about linked list and then never see one, ever. So here are the most frequent tasks that I have run across daily in both professional and personal work. They're simple processes and they aren't the funnest, but usually they are all a part of a bigger project that you may be working on.

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the process of redesigning a website

Most websites will at some point in their lifetime require a makeover, either due to newer methodologies in web development or due to user changes in tastes on the site, or maybe even just because some manager wants to try out their favorite color patterns. On previous websites that I've worked on, I've gone through about 4 total site redesigns, and 1 redesign for one of my own personal sites, and they are time consuming and expensive tasks. Managers meet and discuss color palettes, designers fire up their image editing tools, front-end designers create the html/css, developers integrate that into the project, and QA reviews the process. Repeat as necessary. On average, with probable back and forth, it's a project that will span a few months. So with that investment that the company is making, why is it that most redesigns nowadays focus 33% on fonts, 33% on colors, 33% on responsiveness, and 1% for anything else that the the website might actually require. Here's a common redesign pattern that I've run into too many times.

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