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What can I learn after HTML, CSS, and JS (jQuery)? How can I improve my skills in web development?

My reply on Quora for question:

What can I learn after HTML, CSS, and JS (jQuery)? How can I improve my skills in web development?


Learning will never end, and the path you choose will lead the way.

It’s good to get a sense of what’s popular, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is what pays the bill, or what projects you get to work on.

Don’t go the Netscape route. Netscape choose to build a new browser version but in the process didn’t pay attention to previous version and they were many years too late to ask people to upgrade, while those people already went with other browsers.

At the beginning, as a developer/programmer you have to be jack of all trades and master of none, and later you can master the skills to perfect in select market.

The projects you work on and the ones you like, would automatically nudge you towards a select market.

Get the basics right.

My college classes were in C++ and VBScript, but my first project was in Perl with html and javascript. The programming languages that I have worked on are: Perl, ColdFusion, Classic ASP, ASP.NET, C#, Python, and now mostly PHP.

One of my colleague told me the best thing, “If you take away everything of mine and drop me in a downtown, I can find a job by evening”.

Focus on what motivates and drives you.

Happy Programming.

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