Developers need to know the value and potential of the web development profession, but few know about it, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Their research, which is published in the current issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, suggests that the value, growth and future of web development will depend on a developer’s skills and their willingness to invest in the profession.
The research also suggests that a web development career can only be successful if the developer is able to effectively work within the context of an existing technology stack.
In a web app, developers typically build applications from scratch, while in a web site, they typically create and maintain sites.
Both web apps and web sites have a need for complex, high-performance and responsive design.
The web is increasingly becoming the platform of choice for websites and mobile apps, as well as social networking and games.
Web development is becoming increasingly important as the web continues to grow in size, with the number of sites and apps growing from a few million in 2014 to over a billion in 2019.
“It’s important that the skills and knowledge of developers be able to compete on a global level,” said Jamey B. Gubat, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Carnegie-Mellon and one of the study’s authors.
GUBAT is a member of the team behind the Web App Accelerator Program at Carnegie Hall.
“In the next ten years, it’s going to be really important that we invest in those skills, because it’s important for the web and it’s very important for business.”
The authors surveyed 2,800 people who have been web developers in developing countries, with an average age of 25.
They then asked them questions about their experience and how well they had developed their skills.
They also looked at their professional development and skills in the areas of design, engineering and operations.
A web developer who was able to quickly create an application that was 100 percent responsive and had a responsive design was more likely to be successful in their career and more likely than someone who had trouble with a responsive web app to be hired as a developer in the future.
The authors also looked to see if the person’s web app skills were correlated with their likelihood of finding a job in the U.S. or other countries, and if the results were statistically significant.
The results showed that web developers with a high number of web app development experience had a higher likelihood of being hired as developers in the next 10 years.
They were also more likely in that they were hired by companies in developing nations that have adopted technologies from the web.
The researchers also looked for differences in the skills of the developers, their age and gender, and the type of employer they were working for.
“The web is becoming a more important place to be,” GubAT said.
“We’re seeing a lot more people trying to create websites and apps, and it doesn’t seem like we’ve had enough of them.”