Trying to help a complete beginner get their bearings in web development
March 18, 2014 12:17 PM Subscribe
A relative is already a technical person (masters in electrical engineering) who is trying to switch careers and get into web development. I'm looking for good resources to get her up to speed on the building blocks of web dev.
posted by tempythethird to Education (7 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a developer myself and she asked for help with a fairly sophisticated (small but complete webapp) task that she's trying to do, so she somewhat dove into the deep end without realizing that there's a shallow end. I started trying to explain HTTP, the DOM, the request-response pattern, JSON, the idea of code executing in a browser, asynchronous web requests, REST, backend frameworks, web servers, application containers, ORMs, template engines, and then I realized that I don't have the time to teach a course, and she's never heard of any of these things.
So, what I'm looking for is a technology-agnostic guided tour of all the fundamental protocols and building blocks that make a webapp work. Once she has that overview, I'm sure she'll be able to pick up individual technical specifics and teach herself. Suggestions for books, online classes, or IRL classes in the NYC area would all be welcome.