I don’t post much, so I would like to share a little about me before moving to my question. If you don’t feel like reading, just skip to the bottom!
My name is Sacha. I’m a 30 years old Japanese major living in Tokyo. I learned some programming in high school (and loved it) but in 2005 I didn’t see any ways in which programming could help me nail a good job in my country (weird times, looking back) and decided to move to something completely different.
In late 2015 I joined a recruiting company that deals with engineers/programmers and having the chance of talking to those people made me realize I wanted to be on the technical side of the job market. I started studying by myself (Python, some C++ and SQL, then web development mainly on fCC) and exactly 1 year later I was able to find a job thanks to my language + programming skills (that has nothing to do with web development, since I’m mainly using C++).
Today, April 6th 2017 I earned my Front End Development Certificate and now I have several options in front of me (since in its current situation fCC doesn’t offer any tutorials in non-beta form).
I want to start studying Unity3D since it will help me with both my current job and game development (love games), but I still feel like I would like to keep studying web development and see what’s hiding under the hood. What do you recommend to do next? I would like to hear different opinions.
What should I do now that I am done with the Front End Development? Should I move to SASS and React? I am already working as a C++ developer, web development is a hobby but wouldn’t mind creating websites as a freelancer in the near future.
It seems that you have yet to get used to CSS/HTML properly. I’d do a course on those and maybe do beta.freecodecamp.com afterwards. Focus on understanding how things work until it’s no longer difficult to make pages from scratch, after that it’s up to you, do whatever is interesting to you. If you want to freelance then take a look at the job market, do some projects with those skills in the job market.
Here’s an exercise, take a Screenshot/Image capture of a website, and convert it to an HTML template (complete with CSS, jQuery, Angular features).
Reasoning Behind This: You mentioned you want to be a freelancer in the future. One usually presents to the client a Photoshop mockup of a design, you and the client go back and forth with changes until final approval. Then you must convert that image prototype into actual working html/css codes.
I think I will try to create a better personal portfolio next.
Thank you so much, you’re exactly the kind of person I hoped would reply! I am not sure I want to work as a freelancer, this year I want to keep studying while working for my current company, but who know what will happen next.
I guess I’ll start with React/Redux. I just bought a course on Udemy (10$ sounds fair and the app allows me to download the videos and watch them while commuting). I’ll focus on this one and study some SASS/SCSS in the meantime (I guess I should since CSS is where I waste most of the time anyways).