The person in this role is responsible for supporting the more advanced web developers in many aspects of website and web application development. It is typically an entry-level position. The Junior Web Developer has a fantastic opportunity to learn hands-on from his or her boss by seeing exactly what the life of a senior developer is like! By providing this support, the Junior Web Developer often has the opportunity to impact the broader company or client goals
A Web Developer is primarily in charge of designing, coding, and modifying custom websites using software languages. Their job is to make the layout and functionality of a website line up with a client’s specifications and needs. Usually, the end goal of a Web Developer is to create a website that is both appealing to the viewer’s eye and is user-friendly and easy to navigate. No one wants to try to understand a website that is broken or hard to navigate!
Web Application Developers are all about coding. If you love to code, this may be the job for you! Web Application Developers primarily write new code and update existing code to ensure that web applications can run smoothly from the time they are launched all the way through their lifecycle. These are the people who are constantly working with system testers to find and fix any bugs in code that cause problems. Bug fixing is usually done weekly or biweekly for large companies. Web Application Developers also work closely with other programmers to pinpoint any trouble with the code before it is implemented. A close eye for detail is required for anyone wishing to be a successful Web Application Developer!
An HTML5 Developer is a Front End Developer responsible for all things HTML. HTML5 is the most widely used and latest HTML standard and is an essential part of web applications (and increasingly, mobile applications). The HTML5 Developer translates the user interface framework to codes that can produce visual elements. This person bridges the gap between graphic design visuals on a webpage and the technical code behind those visuals, and they play a big role in the function and look of a web application.
The HTML/CSS Developer has all of the responsibilities of the HTML5 Developer, plus must understand CSS. CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, define how HTML elements are displayed. Together, HTML and CSS are the core elements of building a web page.
A web portal is one organized page that provides access to diverse information available around the Internet. For example, a web portal may allow access to various stock reports, local news stories, and email services all on one page and tailored to one person’s preferences. Web portals will continue to evolve over time as the Internet evolves, and Web Portal Developers will be there to help this process. These people maintain, manage and continue to build new functionality for portals around the web.
PHP is a scripting language that can be embedded into HTML, and MySQL is a language for adding, accessing, and managing content in a database. A PHP/MySQL Web Developer is responsible for mastering these programming languages, and building web pages and web-based applications that reflect this understanding.
Front End Developers usually also dabble in the back end, and vice versa. The Full Stack Web Developer is a jack-of-all-trades that has the ability to work cross-functionally on both the front end and the back end. This position is increasingly more common as businesses realize the benefit of having one person who can fulfill both of these roles, and the pay can be very lucrative.
The back end of a website usually includes a server, an application, and a database. While the Front End Developer works on everything that you can see and interact with on a web page, the Back End Developer is busy building all of the behind-the-scenes technologies that make the front end work. The Back End Developer builds the database and maintains the technology to power the front end and allows the websites you visit every day to exist. Back End Developers are much more crucial to website development than the average person might realize!