Open source software and web development are closely related to one another. Why? If you write a web application, anyone who receives the final product will see all of your source code without any hindrance (except PHP at some cases, but obscuring your PHP web application’s source code is way tedious and clients won’t like it). Therefore, it’s common for the open source community to develop a lot of web applications as well as plugins for popular open source CMS or web apps like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. Therefore, if you want to be a part of the open source community, programming the web is a great first step.
Now, we know that the web development niche is full of open source folks so we would want to start getting into it. In order to be a web developer, you need to learn the programming languages of the web. Let’s get started.
Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) is usually called the twin of HTML. HTML is for structure and CSS is for design. Using CSS, we can define how our webpages look and we must have HTML first before we can use CSS to define the design. Like HTML, CSS is quite easy to learn, but to be more accurate, let’s say it’s one level above HTML in terms of difficulty. Nonetheless, HTML and CSS should be learned side-by-side.
PHP & MySQL
Learning web development is a step-by-step procedure. First, HTML and CSS, then mix JS. After that, start with PHP & MySQL and finally, try to build a simple web application to expand your experience and knowledge. When you finally get them all, you’re going to want to get a decent web server to make sure that you can showcase your work to the world.