My first baby steps with web development

Last week, I explained how I decided to focus on web development (HTML-CSS-JS). I ended my post saying that even though I knew where I wanted to go, I had no clues where to start.

If you type “How to learn web technologies” on Google, you easily find hundreds of websites telling you that they have the best solution to make you a pro in a few months only if you follow their plans and courses. And when you don’t know where to start, going through them one by one to make up your mind can be quite tiring. You can also check many discussion boards on websites like Quora and Reddit, only to find yourself more confused and dazzled by the myriad of options available.

As a busy young dad, I didn’t want to waste any second and wanted to make sure that my way of approaching the subject would be as efficient as possible. But I also didn’t want to waste too many hours researching this most efficient way…

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Which development ecosystem to choose?

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Last week, I shared my one-year plan to become a remote & freelance developer. I ended my post saying that the next step for me would be to choose a development ecosystem to focus on.

Today, being a “software developer” doesn’t say much about what kind of work one is really doing. The daily work of someone coding the behaviour of a factory robot or a flying drone looks nothing like the daily routine of a mobile app developer working in the banking industry. The tools and languages used are very different, as well as the constraints and the skills required. Actually, there exists almost as many different kinds of developer jobs as there are developers!

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My journey back to development

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I’ve always strived to excel at what I do. There are few things more unfulfilling to me than spending most of my waking hours working on things of mediocre quality. No matter what we do, there are always people impacted by the quality of our work, be they colleagues, bosses, customers or end-users. And we have the power to make their lives harder or easier simply by decreasing or improving the quality of the service we are providing. Therefore, striving to be a good professionnal is one of the most loving and caring things anyone of us could do.

This has always been my mantra. And that’s why as soon as I joined Esker, my current company, as a technical support engineer, my main focus has been from day one to be the best I could be.

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