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General Discussion

Core Development Skills

I have completed the Web Design and Development tracks and am doing a review of HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, JQuery, and AJAX before starting the PHP track. I am hoping some working web developers could provide a list of core skills that employers require (for example, creating drop down menus).

4 Answers

Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
15,619 Points

Employers don't really look at micro elements such as drop down menu creation when looking to hire. They want to know that you are well rounded and can reason through problems. The several employers that I've worked for have been much more interested in how quickly and accurately I can find an answer on google and then implement it than having css selectors memorized or knowing how every DOM element works. My advice is to build things that you think are fun and that show that you can problem solve. Do some of the forum challenges as a way to focus on original projects.

Could you let me know what you do on a typical day or week? And if there isn't a typical week, then what did you do on one day last week or all of last week?

Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
15,619 Points

I primarily do wordpress development, so I'll get a photoshop file from our designer that should have most of the assets cut out. From there I build the basic structure and start to do some basic color styling. The interaction comes last (dropdrowns, hover effects, etc). A complete site takes me anywhere from 5 to 8 days to complete.

So do you build the site entirely on your own (after you have assets)? Do you maintain the site?

Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
15,619 Points

Ya I usually build it on my own. If it's a rush job then I usually tackle the page layout and styling while the other dev handles the custom php.