When I first started out coding, I was sickened with impostor syndrome. All these great web developers with their fancy portfolios. But I'm not them. I can't design anything at all. I can't make things look beautiful or elegant.
But, the world is rifled with "learn to program by becoming a web developer".
I felt like I was destined to be a bad programmer as I couldn't do web development no matter how much I tried.
As I grew up, I realised that I don't have to be a web developer. Backend developers are just as cool, and even cooler to me personally.
I feel like this is because:
- Web developers have more to show off
- The vast majority of people becoming programmers go into web development (likely due to the fact that the web developers know how to build a well designed course / website)
- Websites like Dev.to are predominantly about web development (sort by top posts of all time, it's all web dev 😎)
Soo if you're a beginner programmer, I wanted to let you know that you don't have to be a web developer to be a good programmer. You don't even have to touch HTML if you like!
There are thousands of programmers not involved in web development. You don't even have to be a backend developer (that develops server-side applications). There are thousands of jobs where you develop internal tooling, databases, security and more.
Remember. Web development is not the only goal. You can become a great programmer without touching HTML or CSS.
While I'm not the best example, my projects have around ~9k GitHub stars. Hopefully you can see that people love non-web projects just as much as they do web projects. And you can use GitHub as your portfolio instead of some fancy Vue / React / Whatever JS framework is popular portfolio.
🐝 Bee | 💻 Software Engineer | 🌏 London, UK
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One last time.
You don't have to be a web developer to become a programmer 💖
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