Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, and social network services.
A more comprehensive list of tasks to which web development commonly refers, may include web engineering, web design, web content development, client liaison, client-side/server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration, and e-commerce development. Among web professionals, “web development” usually refers to the main non-design aspects of building web sites: writing markup and coding.
Most recently Web development has come to mean the creation of content management systems or CMS. These CMS can be made from scratch, proprietary or open source. In broad terms the CMS acts as middleware between the database and the user through the browser. A principle benefit of a CMS is that it allows non-technical people to make changes to their web site without having technical knowledge (Source: Wikipedia).
At Let’s Code Africa, we introduce our students to web development by going to the basics – HTML (which is the standard markup language for creating web pages and applications). Students are introduced to HTML which is the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML.
After HTML, students are introduced to CSS 3 which is the latest style sheet language used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language – In short, it helps present your HTML document in a more presentable manner.
Next up is an introduction to WordPress which is one of the popular CMS (Content Management Systems) in the world. After this, we expect our students to be able to develop a fully functional website by using their knowledge of HTML, CSS and WordPress.