For many of you web development is the norm and the world of game development with Unity3D, Unreal, Xcode, etc. is an alternative reality, but for me the world of web development is both overwhelming and exhilarating.
My last venture into web development was with 3 Blokes Studios doing Facebook games. Back then we used Flash/ActionScript to write our front end and PHP for our backend. The games I worked on included Hospital Town, Virtual Villagers and Galactic Allies.
|Virtual Villagers on Facebook|
|Galactic Allies on Facebook|
But I've been lucky to dip my toe back into the web.
|Hospital Town on Facebook|
I'm still immersing myself into this world and am looking forward to learning more about jQuery, AngularJS, Node.js and React - which are just a few of the many, many other frameworks that help make web dev easier. In fact, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming and it seems like new stuff is appearing all the time.
It's still early days for me and I have a lot to learn, but I'm having a lot of fun. For anyone interested in finding out more, here are just a few articles/links that friends have shared with me that I've found useful. These are by no means complete - merely scratching the surface - so please let me know ones that I have missed!
Microsoft Visual Studio Code - https://code.visualstudio.com
I tried out a bunch of editors including Atom and Sublime Text but I've found Visual Studio Code to be simply amazing. It's free, has loads of extensions and works on Windows, Linux and MacOS. Make sure your grab the Bootstrap 3 Snippets and vscode-icons extensions and do yourself a favour and learn the Emmet snippets shortcuts (which are built in). These makes writing HTML a breeze!
Elm - http://elm-lang.org
CoffeeScript - http://coffeescript.org
Bootstrap - http://getbootstrap.com
jQuery - http://jquery.com
AngularJS - https://angularjs.org
Udemy.com - they have a bunch of great courses on all aspects of web development. My tip for Udemy is to log in, check out the courses, and wait. They usually send you an email with discounts for courses.
Now, I wonder if I can apply these new skills to making something fun on the web? I guess I better return to the Upside-Down to find out :-)
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