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Are you looking for an accelerated entry into the world of programming and web development? Learn exactly what skills you need to get ahead and check out Coder Academy’s bootcamps, which will equip you with industry experience and a Diploma of IT!

What exactly does a web developer do?

The most basic definition is someone who programs web pages. A  web developer is more focused on the way the website works, as opposed to how it looks: the look and feel of a website is often the job of the web designer. However, the jobs definitely overlap and having experience in both development and design is highly useful.

You may have heard the term “front-end developer”. Front-end development refers to the user interfaces of the software (“the client side”), while back-end refers to everything the end user doesn’t interact with: the servers, databases and operating systems that power the front-end. Depending on their skill set, web developers may find one or the other job is more their style, or their job responsibilities may require both front- and back-end skills.

What tech skills do web developers need?

Programming languages

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • Ruby

HTML is definitely at the top of any must-have web developer job skills – it’s the very foundation of how websites are built.  HTML (hypertext markup language) is the language used to put content on a web page and give it structure. While website creation software like WordPress mean you don’t necessarily have to know how to code to design websites, HTML skills are expected for most web design jobs.

CSS is another incredibly important language for web developers. CSS handles the visual appearance of web sites, making it essential for front-end web developers.

Ruby is based on object-oriented programming (OOP), a programming paradigm or “style” which was created to deal with large and complex software systems. Ruby is a great language for software developers because it’s fast to write and has intuitive syntax – a great language to start programming in.

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Web development frameworks and tools

  • Bootstrap

  • Ruby on Rails

Bootstrap is a front-end framework for creating websites and web applications which uses HTML- and CSS-based design templates for all the interface components. Knowing how to use these frameworks is critical to being an efficient web developer.

Ruby on Rails is one of the most popular web development tools. It uses the Ruby language and helps developers build websites and applications by simplifying common and repetitive tasks. It’s excellent for both front- and back-end development and can be used to create important apps like databases, session management and payment options.

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Other programming skills

Time management

Working on lots of projects at once is the norm in web development, so it’s essential to master the art of prioritizing and tracking your work.


Developers often work closely with clients, web designers or developers working on different aspects of the site or app (i.e. front vs back-end design). That’s why you need excellent communication skills to understand the project requirements and explain your work to others.

Collaboration and teamwork

Teamwork is also essential when undertaking pair programming, which is when two programmers work together at a workstation. One programmer writes the code while the other reviews, and roles are switched frequently. By contributing their individual skill sets and experience, the two programmers can generate more diverse solutions to the problems.

There’s a whole manifesto dedicated to software development through the collaborative effort of teams: the Agile Manifesto. To break down a complex project, the teams often use the Scrum framework, which involves a Backlog (a list of tasks and requirements the final product needs) and a Sprint (a predetermined time frame to complete the Backlog tasks). Software developers often work with weekly or fortnightly Sprints, so great teamwork is vital!

Personal branding and community development

Your personal brand is the career image you want to project and it can help you find and secure new jobs. Check out these tips to building your own personal brand. Community involvement is also a great way to build connections and experience, as well as give back to the community.

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Get the skills you need with Coder Academy’s bootcamps

Now that you know what makes a successful web developer, how can you break into the industry? A great option is through a program which will teach you essential web development skills, let you gain industry experience, and allows you to graduate with a nationally recognised qualification! Coder Academy runs the only coding bootcamps in Australia offering an accredited higher education qualification, as well as the opportunity to intern with a tech company for 1 month.

They offer two bootcamps to choose from: check out their GenTech and Fast Track programs below! Both programs will teach you all the essential skills explained above and much, much more. Read more about what you’ll learn here.

GenTech bootcamp

Ages: 18-24 (alternative entry may be available if you hold a Cert IV in IT)

Locations: Sydney or Melbourne

Starts: 25 March 2019

Running time: 43 weeks (including industry placement)

Diploma level: Higher Education Diploma of Information Technology (Diploma of IT) (AQF Level 5)

Fast Track bootcamp

Ages: 25+  

Locations: Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne

Starts: 20 August 2018 (and filling quickly!)

Running time: 25 weeks (including industry placement)

Diploma level: Higher Education Diploma of Information Technology (Diploma of IT) (AQF Level 5)

Coder Academy is passionate about increasing female representation in the tech sector, so they’re offering three Australian women the opportunity to apply for a Women in Tech scholarship. Applications close on 22 July 2018 at 11:59PM AEST so be sure to apply ASAP!

Academy of Information Technology trading as Coder Academy; RTO 90511, PRV12005, CRICOS 02155J; an approved VET Student Loan and FEE-HELP provider.

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Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.


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