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is web development a thing of the past? or is it still viable to continue learning

im going through the js track and on the side learning bits of css but ive been told and read that web development is not something that i should focus on for the future. there are already so many web developers and the skillset required to be a decent one is only increasingly growing. meanwhile software engineering such as ios and android seem to be in demand and on the rise.

i remember back quite a while ago i read that demand for javascript would be like one of the most in demand jobs but i feel like that isnt true. or maybe it is? i know that html+css is near the bottom. but would that even make sense? for javascript to be in demand but html+css to be down in the sewers?

Im asking this because i want to spend my time learning efficiently and for good reason. whenever i watch some javascript videos i keep having thoughts of "should i really be spending my time learning this" primarily because of all the info i hear/read.

what would you say? is it a job in decline? is it worth it? thankyou

4 Answers

christopher walsh
christopher walsh
7,272 Points

It would be weird for a programmer to not know html,css and javascript. I think of the front-end as the basics. The backend are very in demand. theres lots of javascript jobs and php jobs.

who ever told you this is a wacko. Theres always bloggers predicting the grand end of web designers as a job, mostly for click-bait. but if we all stop learning web development, who's going to fill these jobs?

I disagree. Web development is a continuously growing field.

With that said, you have to understand that knowing HTML & CSS is no longer enough in a rapidly changing industry. Development teams are always pushing for more flashy websites and efficient ways to build them.

If you're interested in becoming a web developer, I'd recommend becoming familiar with the following:

  • JavaScript/jQuery
  • Command line
  • Sass
  • PHP
  • Git/GitHub (Or another VCS)
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator (Yes, web developers do use Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • FTP

I work at a creative agency that focuses on web design/development and that list is the bare essentials that I had to get up to speed with during my initial internship. It may seem excessive but I find that I still use nearly all but FTP/Wordpress on a daily basis.

Neil Anuskiewicz
Neil Anuskiewicz
11,007 Points

As someone who's worked in the tech industry for a while in a non-developer role, I can tell you that there are more jobs than web developers. I'd recommend you do some research on this to see for yourself.

But before you do that research, it's important to define your terms. These aren't trivial questions. What's a front end web developer? What's a back end web developer? What's a full stack web developer? What's a web designer? What's a mobile application developer? Is there really a track that's HTML and CSS and a separate track that's just JavaScript?

Once you've defined your terms, I think the next question is what do you want to learn and why? What motivates you?

thanks for the help everyone. i will continue hacking away at web development whenever i have time