Calling All Aspiring Developers
Maybe you want to dive headfirst into the world of app development, or maybe you are the one in the office who needs help with Microsoft Office. Either way, here are a few basic tips for starting out as a social internet application creator across many platforms.
1) Go Open Source:
If you go open source the code is free, and you have many options as to how to format your app while also having the support of millions of other open source app developers online. The forums are extensive, and people who know how to build tools for their technology are usually quite friendly when it comes to helping out beginners learn the ropes.
If you put some time into developing open-source projects like Mozilla Firefox, it will give you some real hand on experience and education that you can then take to the next level. People who are mobile web developers in London, New York, Tokyo, Madrid, and other major cities around the world will be able to give you advice and tips as you help create some valuable code for open source apps and mobile web apps.
A quick Google search for tech forums that are community driven include Gist, Forrst, UseThe Sourse, and Codesnipp. Hacker News is also a great way to keep up to date on tech gossip and inside jokes while meeting new people who are just like you.
2) Newbie woes? Never Fear, Networking is here!
As you start to build your first few lines of code, you will realize that for every question and new post you make online you meet new people. Don’t just throw this opportunity away! Be humble and present yourself as a new and aspiring coder, and see where it gets you on social networks. The friendly geeky faces and avatars that give you advice can sometimes prove to be incredibly useful when it comes to creating career options if you look to be a mobile web app developer or web app developer full time.
3) Show your work! (Just like your Math Teacher used to say… )
The more code you show, the more help people will be able to give you. Take a screenshot of your code when you have questions, then post the image on a tech forum such as GitHub. Also, be sure to blog about it and start giving back to the great nerdy tech community that has supported you.
4) Don’t Sell Yourself (short)! Remember to Market yourself!
All companies and individuals alike benefit from connections and networking, and if you are truly going to take the next step and turn a hobby into a profession, you will need to make a good portfolio of all the different types of code you have written. Don’t sell yourself short, and remember to play on your strengths.
Remember to put this on your Résumé and articulate your work experience for web app developers, mobile web app developers, and general studies that relate to the field of computing and web app development.
5) It May Be Obvious… but REMEMBER TO SMILE
“Put a smile on, Put a smile on, Everybody come on… “ just like the T.V jingle. for McDonald´s, except without the food.
Many code writers who sit in front of a computer all day writing code forget that there is actually a world out there where people talk without posting on a blog and without a signature and hashtags. When you do meet people who are in the tech industry, remember to SMILE and show that you have good communication skills. Tech companies will probably already have that one brilliant programmer that has no social skills, so you will have to show that you are a good programmer (if a bit green) and you know how to communicate your ideas, skills, and passions when it comes to web app development and mobile app development.
Best of luck, and remember to be nimble and quick on your feet when it comes to writing code. Not knowing something is OK, just remember to put your best foot forward and try to be ready to change gears and nimbly go from one type of code to another and then back to the real world of people. If you want to see a company that has excelled in all of these areas, check out Nimble Mobile, a London based company that really knows how to produce effective content for the mobile world.