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Getting a job in web development by learning with Treehouse - backend development?

Hi, I started with Treehouse recently. My intention is to become skilled enough to get a job in web development.

Frankly, I'm really excited. I've found a way to change my career into something I find appealing, pays well and with opportunities to work remotely.

I've searched and pondered literally for years before I found this.

Today I checked my Working Nomads email list and fantasised about the jobs I could be applying for in the not-so-distant future.

I've got two questions:

  1. At the moment I'm learning HTML and CSS, but I started down this track without really thinking too much about whether it was the right one. There seems to be lots of opportunities in app development with relatively fewer people with those new skills. After all, people having been bashing-out html, css and javascript web pages for donkey's years? Maybe I'm better skipping javascript for the time being and concentrating my efforts on apps or backend dev?

  2. I read some reviews of Treehouse and of course they were glowing, but they did say that it's not that great for learning backend development? And it also said it's not that great for upper-intermediate to advanced levels? Is this true and is Treehouse addressing this? Or would they rather stick to basic to intermediate and then provide guidance for further learning? If so, what further learning do you recommend? (Aside from building websites and apps for practice).

2 Answers

Ill start this off with saying im off to an internship interview right now at tech company. So is it true there are more jobs in web development and mobile development? Honestly, to me it seem like there are alot of jobs in both (enough so that it doesnt matter much) but i think development has a little bit more. Personally i find development alot harder because as apposed to front-end dev you have to think about the flow of the app and where you think it will fail, this can be super annoying when working by yourself on personal projects. Does it get worse the farther you go? I personally think that they do get hader because the concepts get harder besides that the advanced courses are good. Some of then are pretty complex but none the less there still great. But you should definetly still learn from other sites, for instace if you do app you should read as much amazing documentation as you can from the apple developer library, the content there and sample code helps so so much when developing in the real world. And if you do something like ruby, they also have amazing documentation you can check out, and both of the examples above both have projects you can do.

Anyways i gotta go, hope this helps, Kai.

Thanks Kai, and good luck in your job interview!

When you say 'development', what do you mean exactly? App development? Or app and backend development?