What is the best way to become a web developer?
That is a great question! And I would love to tell you. But really there isn't an answer. There are many ways to become a web developer and some work better or worse for everyone. Here is a simple flow chart on how to become a web developer.
See? Simple. Let me explain a few of the things in the chart.
Bachelor Degree (BS Degree) - This means going to a four year college and getting a traditional degree. Usually this degree will be in Computer Science or Information Technology. You'll learn a lot more than web development. You learn how to be a full fledge computer programmer (C++, Java, C#) as well a an IT professional. (How to maintain severs and the like). College is tough, but having that degree helps a lot on your resume.
Associates Degree (AS Degree) - This still means going to college, but you don't take 4 years. Most AS degrees only take 2 and you get them at your local community college. This is a great alternative to a BS degree because it's cheaper and faster and close to home. The disadvantage is that you won't learn as much.
Coding Bootcamp - These programs are very intense onsite programs that teach you everything you need to know to get a web development job in about 14 weeks. They can be costly ($10,000-15,000) but are a lot faster than a degree. You don't need to know any coding, but expect to spend 8 hours a day at the bootcamp, and 6 more hours a day working on homework and projects. The huge advantage of these programs is that you're job ready really fast. The downside is that you're only good at one thing. Web development. So if you can't find a job it sucks.
Online Program - There are dozens of website that will tech you how to code. And the great thing is that many of them are free. Some are better than others, but there are a lot of great ones out there. CodeCademy is a fantastic free one. These programs are cool because you can learn from home at your own pace and have a lot of great content. The downside is that if you get confused or lost it can be difficult to get help sometimes. They can also be missing good bits of information that you need to know for a job. They aren't perfect but they're great tools.
Books - Books are a good free way to learn to code. Most libraries, if they don't have the books you want/need, can get them from other libraries. The biggest downside to books it they can be hard to read and there is no one to help explain confusing concept or topics. While they aren't the best option, they're still an option if you can't do anything else.