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July 7, 2014

Welcome and congratulations on choosing a career in web development. Follow along and we’ll get you there more quickly.

The Advanced Beginner Challenge – The best course to get your first job in web development, or upgrade from Junior to mid-level. All done over email for your convenience.


Read Steps 1 & 2 from DevelopAJob.com

This site is a good overview of web development. The author provides additional resources some of which you can purchase. We don’t believe you need to pay for an education in web development so bypass those resources. In step 2 we’d ask you to skip the Build Your First Website section. Our second resource provides a more thorough lesson.

Work through Lesson 1, Building Your First Web Page, from learn.shayhowe.com

Shay’s lesson is a crash course and a fantastic introduction to HTML and CSS. Technically, it’s a lesson about building for the front-end but we think every web developer should know these things.

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  • Charles Sipe July 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Hi, thanks for the excellent podcast. I’m excited for future episodes. In response to the question posed at the end of the episode, I want to become a developer because I want to work in a field that is respected, interesting, fun, and engaging. I want to be able to positively affect the lives of people and do meaningful work.

  • luis July 30, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Hello I just finished your first episode and it’s great!!

    I’m mainly here to say why I want to be a web developer. I want to be a web developer because I can fuse two areas that I’m good at. The creative side and the logic side fused into one career. Also joining a fast growing industry increasing my odds landing a job doing something that I enjoy. Plus I’m sick of being in college and dropping out to fully embrace on this new career path.

    Looking forward to all your future episodes keep it up guys.

  • Brian Wolfe July 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I just stumbled upon your podcast a couple of days ago and am nearly finished with episode 1. Soon to start episode 2. Great stuff and very excited to hear more.

    I decided a couple weeks ago to learn web development and maybe touch into design too. My skills in developing and designing are at level Noob or lower, but over the past few days I’ve gotten through enough online tutorials that I could at the very least make a webpage that looks like something from the late 90’s.

    Actually, that may be giving me too much credit. :)

    Anyhow, I hope to switch careers so I can work from home or while traveling. The wife and I have dreams of retiring early in an RV full time, so in order to do this we needed an income source that allows this kind of flexibility. Bonus points for the career switch is that I love technology, and since it has given so much to me I figured it was time I learn a skill where I could give back to the tech world.

    • Keith Monaghan July 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Brian, thanks for listening!

      I’m glad you found us and I’d love to know how you stumbled onto the show.

      I’m excited for you. Web dev is an awesome career and if you want location independence this is a good choice. In fact, my wife and I also plan to travel the US in an RV. Time and location flexibility was a big part of my decision, too.

      What else do you hope we’ll talk about on the show?

  • Robert Feala August 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Hi, thanks for the shows! I am working for a custom industrial air handling equipment manufacturer. We are currently using spreadsheets and visual basic for control selection software. It is all built on Excel 2003 and is a mess. I have an idea to turn the whole process into a web application. I have taken classes in HTML, CSS, and SQL in the past but never really learned how to make it all work in the real world. I am hoping you guys can help me put it all together and come up with something that actually works.

    • Keith Monaghan August 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Robert,

      That sounds similar to my first project. I used two frameworks to make it happen, Bootstrap and CodeIgniter.

      Bootstrap is a front-end HTML and CSS framework that comes with basic styling and structure which works great for internal-facing web apps like this.

      CodeIgniter is a PHP server-side framework where all your programming logic is written. CodeIgniter does not appear to be in active development so I don’t recommend it. The hottest PHP framework right now is Laravel. That’s what I’ll be using moving forward. This kind of framework makes it easy to connect your front end pages to the database (I.E. MySQL). It’s also easy to scale up if the project gets bigger.

      Dain also likes Bootstrap for the front-end but prefers a different language and framework on the server, Ruby on Rails. We’ll be talking about server-side frameworks in a later episode.

      Stay tuned for episode 3 where we talk for a bit about front-end frameworks. It’ll be available Monday morning.

      I really enjoy streamlining business processes with a technological solution like this. How did you come into the project?

      • Robert Feala August 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm


        Thanks for the info – I will be looking into Bootstrap. I haven’t picked a side in the Perl – PHP – Python battle yet. I will be interested in learning the strengths and weaknesses of these choices.
        I got involved in this project after being promoted from our production floor to the engineering department. I have been at this selection software for over 6 months and am still finding things that need to be changed manually after the process is run. I have had several projects released to production that had to be reworked because parts were automatically picked that were wrong. The other people who are working with this have a minimum of 10 years of experience and just know what to change. Stepping in at this point is almost impossible.
        My short term goal is to start with a smaller project to streamline one of the worst knots in the current system. If I don’t get approval to move forward at least that will be corrected and I will gain the skills to help my career as well.

  • Bud August 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for doing this podcast! This is exactly what I was looking for. I just finished the first episode and am looking forward to getting the hard work started. I am currently working in Financial Operations, but am not feeling challenged or engaged. I feel web development would be a great change for me, and is something I know I can succeed at.

    • Keith Monaghan August 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      You’re welcome! Dain and I are doing this for you and those like got. I was in the same situation you are and with hard work you can change careers.

      Here’s an open invitation to you and all of our listeners: if you’re having a hard time understanding something about web dev, please tell us. We are happy to help. We’ll respond here in the comments and possibly on the show as well. Just ask here or tweet at us @KeithMon or @dainmiller.

  • George August 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hey guys,

    I am an electrical engineer that was talked by his wife into traveling for a year after earning my EE degree. So now all I can think about is becoming a digital nomad — and web development is a great way to make that possible.

    I learned to read HTML well enough to ride parsing scripts for it in Objective-C and Swift for some iOS app development that I was working on in the past. About 5 days ago I started to go through the tutorials on MDN. So finding this site and developajob.com today has been a great confidence boost.

    –George Burrows

    • Keith Monaghan August 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      That’s great to hear! My wife and I also plan to travel the US for a year and working remotely is key to that.

      It sounds like you have a head start. What do you want to focus on in web dev or do you plan on being a full stack developer?

  • Boby August 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    After Ep. 1, Charged UP
    I’m working through the homework and am grateful to have a course laid out for me. Your advice, direction and resources are a welcome addition to the information picked up at Christopher Pound’s blog post: http://christopherpound.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-web-developer/.
    The short answer to your podcast question is that I want more marketable skills. I’m a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and love applying the skills and knowledge but almost all of the job opportunities are requiring more education than the Associates degree I have. I love the fact that I can independently, and informally, build valuable web development skills if I put in the time and effort. I see tremendous opportunity to apply these skills at my current employer but I would like to have the confidence and self-assurance that my skills are in demand without the diploma.
    So, thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. I’m eager and listening.

    • Keith Monaghan August 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Boby. I’m glad you’re pursuing a career in web dev because there are lots of opportunities and it’s a rewarding career. Good luck and remember that it helps to set goals and then to break them up into smaller, easier, steps.

  • Mark September 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve dabbled in web development for years, and i’ve pieced together how to put up a wordpress site and done codecademy for html, css and python (working through python now), but i’ve never really felt like a web developer (even though i can do most things, the nitty gritty is still a bit of a mystery).

    Thanks for the clear direction (hopefully) and the podcasts! They’re great so far (listened to 1 and i’m part way through 2 so far).

    Why do i want to be a web developer? Diversification..i work currently in a field that has little to do with web (social helping is my field of expertise), but i feel that i could do a lot with developing these skills…up to and including a nice side gig. Thanks again!

    • Keith Monaghan September 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Hey Mark, that’s great! I’m glad you’re leveling up.

      The industry is great because it’s so easy to get into but it also blurs the lines between education levels. It’s hard to know when you’ve “arrived”. I still struggle with that. I’d recommend specializing in your favorite technologies and get really good with those.

      Web dev is big. It encompasses so many languages, frameworks and techniques that you’ll get overwhelmed if you try to learn it all. You can’t learn it all.

      Keep it up!

  • Arthur September 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I have wanted to become a web developer for some time now but had no idea what to do. I enjoy coding and art so web development seemed a great fit. i was looking for some educational podcast and I stumbled upon your show today. I am glad i did. I am currently in the process of learning web development but had no real way of knowing what to learn, in what order to proceed or what tools to use. The way you present learning web development is easy and something i am going to use now. I am about to start my first assignment and look forward to more to come.

    • starthere September 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hey Arthur! Thanks so much for the note. This is exactly why we do what we do, and we are so glad it benefits you. Great motivation to keep going :). Also, feel free to email us if you ever get stuck: keith@starthere.fm and dain@starthere.fm

      • Arthur September 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

        Thanks for the support. I will definitely contact you if i ever get stuck.

  • Javier Vilca September 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, I enjoy your podcast. I found it on Podcast One. I really appreciate the hard work that is put in by you. I am considering pursuing computer programming. Math wise, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the level if math knowledge required in the world if web design. Thank you.

  • Horge October 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    First of all, I would like to say thank you for doing this! I am a part time computer science student working on my undergrad and work about 30+ hours a week.I have always wanted to dive into web development. I’ve had some work with HTML and CSS but just the basics. I would love a career in web development because I would love to do work where I get to create things that make other peoples lives more enjoyable. I plan on starting a blog to help me document the progress I make using many different resources a long with the work from this podcast. Keep up the great work!

    • Dain Miller November 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Horge! That sounds like a fantastic idea! I am so glad you like the show!

  • Bob November 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hey Guys,
    Thanks for doing this podcast. I’ve been wanting to get into web dev for a few years now but had no real direction. This appears to be what I have been looking for.

    I received a bachelors in IT back in 2007 because I’ve always loved messing with computers. It wasn’t until I was near the end of the program when I took a couple HTML classes that I figured out that this is what I wanted to do.

    I have a career in a completely unrelated field (Govt./aviation) and I have enough time on my hands to start learning. My goal is to start/finish my million dollar idea( who doesn’t have one) with a website and an app to follow.

    • Dain Miller November 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      That is an epic goal Bob! Thanks for the comment.

      I hope we can help you begin the learning process! Let us know if you would like to hear anything or have any feedback. Would love to hear from you about any of that dain@starthere.fm :)

  • BJ Burns November 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Guys,

    I’ve enjoyed listening to your podcast. I’m looking to change careers and get into full stack development. To answer your question I have a friend that started his own business in development and I am learning to be able to work with him. I’ve found your resources to be very informative and I like what you are doing with the podcast.


    • Dain Miller November 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Hey BJ! Thanks for reaching out. Glad to hear you are switching careers. Still is the most opportune time I’ve seen. And glad to hear, hope you continue on the path! The reward is very worth it.

      Let us know if you have any feedback or any topics you’d like to hear about next!

      – Dain

  • Nick Rempe December 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Caught this URL while listening to Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. Thanks for helping him get back into shape after his internet breaking episode last week.

    To answer the question, I have been in the print design world for many years and see that real estate of decent places to work shrinking beneath my feet. I have been doing print and magazine design for 10 years and think it is time to work on something a little more future proof. I already have a large knowledge base of design concepts that I can adapt as well as a lot of technical knowledge of coding, OSs, etc. I have never had the time or ambition to move forward with web design because of how terrible the information available is. I thought about giving this a solid go and see where I end up.

    Thanks for all your help.

  • Whitney December 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Hey Dain and Keith,

    I found your podcast today while searching “web development” in iTunes. Your cover art looked the best so you guys won. I listened to ep 10 first, then 6, then 5, then 7, then 12, and finally 1. All today! Needless to say, I’m really enjoying the podcast.

    I’m moving into the web development space because I feel the grass is greener on the text editor side. I love the excitement, imagination, and creativity that comes with bringing ideas to life. I’ve had a natural curiosity for web development that I believe is turning into a personal passion. So, I’m continuing to move forward with it.

    I’d say I am a black belt beginner (just starting to build a remote/public portfolio). My question: Along the way, when did you guys KNOW you were ready to put your name in the hat for full time employment?

    Thanks for all you are doing!

    • Dain Miller January 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Wow, thanks for that Whitney! So stoked you are enjoying the show. Let us know if there is anything you would like to hear more of.

      I think your question is perhaps the most difficult a self-educated web developer has to face: “When is the right time to officially say ‘I know enough to be valuable’?”. That’s a hard one. I would say, and this sounds like I am side stepping the question a bit but I’m really not, you need to go with your gut. What does your intuition tell you? Does your intuition tell you that if you put your name out there you would be not providing that much value if you were hired? Does it tell you that the company that hired you would get tremendous value if they are hired you? I think those questions could help you answer this. Also, there are of course tangible ways to evaluate this – to an extent. Can you code a web-app from scratch backend and front-end? Can you code up a ‘bidding site’ that allows someone to vote up or down on a piece of content. That evalutes your javascript and backend experience, as you have to provide a vote up/down UX as well as a nice backend saving and sync system.

      Anyway, those are just the rough outlines of questions I would ask myself. I think provided what I just said you can see that there are a number of questions in the same vein you can use to evaluate your own expertise. And if you’d like we do website reviews at http://starthere.fm/review (submission) and http://starthere.fm/reviews so if you’d like feel free to submit something you make for review and I can help tell ya :)

      Cheers Whitney! Happy new years!
      – Dain

      • Whitney January 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        Thanks for your answer Dain!

        Man, all this insight is really helping to advance progress. I’m writing up a strategic learning outline to follow this quarter. Everything is so much clearer.

        I’d like to hear a show describing the pre-build process. Action steps before the code. Like, the planning and design process including identifying the problem that the app will solve, UI design, defining core functionality requirements, and an overview of some of the dev tools you guys use during the pre-build process (wireframes and such). You could highlight one of the projects you’ve completed (like Keith’s php self-storage app) or even a hypothetical app. That’d be cool.

        As for a site review, I am looking to have a site to submit by March. We’ll see.

        Thanks, I’ll be listening.

  • Russ January 14, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Great podcast. Just finished to the first one. Looking forward to all those I’ve missed. While I’ve played around with websites, I want to get a career. I fell in love with development years ago, but only created utilities and little tools. This year I’ve decided I want to go in with both feet.

    I want to be a web developer because I love the feeling of designing and getting to work an application. To be creative in the design of the program. I also love the teamwork that so many this industry has. I’ve been to many user group meetings for many different technologies and am always amazing on how helpful people are.

    I hope that once I become a developer I can help others the same as you are doing here.

    Thank you for reaching out.

    • Dain Miller February 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks for saying that Russ. We really appreciate the support. Like seriously :)

  • Keith Murphy February 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Firstly thanks – for the time you put into this, into making it so easy to follow and not glossing over minutae us beginners need to understand.
    I’m a SQL & .Net developer in Dublin, Ireland – did some web design in college but not enough to create anything useful. I need to learn web design now 1.) because it’s always bugged me that I don’t know it and 2.) I’ve just agreed to create a website (pro-bono of course) for one of the guys who did surgery on me recently – (ankle fusion – motorbike accident years ago in case you’re curious ;) ). I’m excited about this stuff now and I know from doing lesson 1 I work through this in my spare time and get there.
    Thanks again

  • Marcus February 9, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hi Dain/ Keith,

    Thanks for providing a voice for novices such as myself. I found your podcast via my buddy’s site that you reference in ep 01 (developajob.com). He is helping me bring a project to life and has been really supportive along the way. Which brings me to why I’m here….

    I’m interested in becoming a web developer b/c I’ve spent the past 19 months working on a startup/ project and along the way the feeling of cluelessness has been a major pain point. Initially I outsourced the dev work to a team in NYC and my inability to communicate effectively, audit work, and (again) general sense of cluelessness lead to a sense of dissatisfaction. Additionally, having lived in Atlanta’s budding startup scene over these past months has shown me that demand for these skills is immense and I’d love to equip myself for a future beyond my project should it not pan out (fingers crossed!!!).

    Bottom line, my career skills in finance are adequate, but no longer skills I care to rely on. I’m interested in future proofing my skills sans massive debt and time spent in college. Anywho, thanks a ton for your help, your podcast and developajob are 1a & 1b in my quest to become a web developer. Keep up the good work!

    • Keith Monaghan February 9, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Hi Marcus,

      Welcome to web dev! I hope you get a lot out of our podcast.

      Code Newbie is another site that we recommend. They have anther fantastic community that you should consider engaging with.

      Also, Free Code Camp facilitates a really compelling way to learn, pair programming.

      Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or anything. Ep 15 is all about starting a project and working with clients. You might find the process interesting. Good luck!

      • Marcus February 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm

        Thanks for the recommendations, Keith! I really appreciate it. I’ve bookmarked each of them and plan to rely on them as go-to resources based off of the recommendation.

        I hope to update/ ask questions/ interact along the way. Thanks again for all your work!

  • Danny March 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

    These podcasts are great and the resources provided are very helpful. I really appreciate the effort that you both have put into this, thanks so much!

    • Dain Miller March 27, 2015 at 1:54 am

      We really appreciate that Danny. Thanks man!

  • oliver April 18, 2015 at 9:38 am


    I love what you are doing here. I would love an episode that deals with how to structure a project to make code as modular as possible. I’ve studied web dev for a few months now and have a good understanding of node.js and JavaScript and can build a simple app. I am struggling understanding how to structure my front-end and back-end and keep MVC separated etc. I know there are things like meanjs.org that give you an out of the box structure but I feel lost when looking at all the crap that is generated that I don’t know how to use (mocha, unit testing, passport etc.) Thanks guys.

    • Dain Miller April 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Sounds like something we would be able to do! Especially in the field of Javascript, as I spent a great deal of my career moving from Javascript framework to framework. Actually our next podcast addresses this exact topic! Stay tuned :)

      Thanks for being a listener Oliver.

  • Steve May 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hey Keith and Dain,

    Just listened to your podcast, and it sounds exactly what I need right now. I’m an English teacher in China, and while I know that this will be my last year teaching, the future is a bit uncertain. However, web development sounds like a career that can really work for me. I have no education or experience in this field, so I look forward to learning as much as I can through your guidance and advice. Thank you guys for putting this together and showing the way for us newcomers!

    Best regards,


    • Dain Miller June 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! Excited to be able to help. Let us know if you need any specific advice :)

  • Sean Aguirre May 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Hello! Thanks so much for the podcast. I’ve been teaching my self to program on and off for the last 2 years. I already know somewhat of the basics and can recognize different languages. I would consider myself still a rookie, but I am stuck in a rut and do not know where to turn next. I was looking into some 12 week bootcamps to push me more in the right direction. The reason why I am wanting to program is the aspect of creativity. I love creating new things and being challenged daily, unfortunately my job at this moment does not provide this. I am also wanting a long lasting career and programing is just that. I am young and want to take programming head on and invest all of my time into it as I can.

    Thanks so much Keith!

    • Dain Miller June 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Wow, awesome! If you want more of our info on Bootcamps check out Ruby on Rails ep 1, I dig into “Bootcamps vs. Learning On Your Own” as a topic. It was fun to do, and is definitely a hugely debated topic.

  • Kelley May 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for this invaluable resource.

    I want to be a web developer because I think it’s an amazing way to leverage technology for good. I love creating. I love stories. I love systems. I love relationships and engaging. I think it’s amazing that I can create spaces on the internet that reflect those things not only for myself, but for future clients.

    • Dain Miller June 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. Really appreciate it. We agree, that is one of the reasons that we are drawn and driven to do this – 100%.

  • David May 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm


    Thanks for making this podcast, listening to you is both useful and inspiring. I personally want to build a web Application and see if people like it and start using it. If not, it would be a great first project through which I will learn a lot. I arrived late but I promise I will quickly catch up and start the Ruby on Rails part.

    Again, thanks for making the process easier for us beginners.

  • Eura May 29, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I just found your podcast and it is exactly what I have been looking for to start my web developer career. I come from a library background and have experience with html, css and many cms(s), but my problem is getting enough experience to get a “real” job or consulting job in the field. I’m very excited to listen to your create a portfolio episode, but since I’m one of those people, I’ll likely go through each of the other podcasts to review my skills. Thanks for doing this and can’t wait to catch up!

    • Dain Miller June 3, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      I would literally just start making your own web apps. Why do you need a job to get experience? (Trick question, you don’t). So don’t fall into that trap. Make a web app, like totally pretend you are a client. Write a web app that manages books in a library. That’s the same type of web app you’ll build at a company. Where you get the experience is inconsequential, the fact that you have typed the characters over and over – is. :)

  • Corey June 6, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Hey I just found your podcast and it inspired me and filled me with some hope. I have been wanting to study web development and actually work in that world since I started college – but the long story short is that at this moment I work in construction as a coordinator/manager and I am 20 credits short of a BS in Computer Information Systems due to financial troubles. I am going to start dedicating 1-2 hours a night to the tasks in your podcast and hopefully in a year or so I will have a portfolio and skills to actually send out my resume and possibly make the career switch. I am 28 with a wife and a baby on the way but if I could start making a livable salary in Web Dev, it would be basically a dream come true. Thank you for the podcast, resources and the inspiration!

    • Keith Monaghan June 6, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Hi Corey, Welcome to our show!

      Finish your degree. Definitely start learning now but absolutely finish the degree. We’ve said you don’t need a degree to get a job in the industry, and that’s true. However, developers are in demand and in many places you can get a job with little experience if you have a CS degree. If you also have a portfolio, fantastic!

      Keep it up!

  • Kristen June 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Hey, thanks for doing this podcast! I am a stay-at-home mom and part-time piano teacher, and I’ve decided I really need to stop putting off preparing for the future. I have been interested in web design as a hobby for a long time and have made a few basic sites over over the years, but never realized what a great “real job” it could be! I am excited about this career move, but I have very little time to spend on it. Listening to your podcast could be just what I need to keep up my focus while picking up after my kids every night.

    • Dain Miller July 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Hey Kristen,

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you are making this transition, now is the time! Please listen to the “Intro to” episodes each night, will only take an hour. Actually I would recommend listening to those during the day while getting stuff done for another job, then at night taking action. Also, check out Start Here: Ruby on Rails – Episode 1. I dive into the concept of absorbing and it seems like you’d dig it at this point in your transition.

      Thanks for being a listener! We really appreciate it.

    • Amy Kotas November 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Kristen,

      Just wanted to say “hello” because I’m another SAHM. Podcasts are the only way to stay sane some days. :)


      • Kristen December 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

        Hi Amy, thanks for reaching out!
        I have the good fortune of being about to send all my kids to school/preschool right now, so I’m making progress (but I still wish it was faster). Good luck!!

        • Dain Miller May 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

          Thanks so much, I really appreciate that!

  • Laura July 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks so much for putting the podcast together. Excellent content! I’d like to become a developer as I’ve learned I have some limitations in my chosen career that will prevent me for advancing to a senior level role. I am a careful copywriter as opposed to a conceptual artist, and I’m pretty close to the point where my salary will be capped. I’ve learned, though, that being a careful writer and catching others’ mistakes translates into the ability to write careful code. This discovery is such a relief, and once I land that first gig, I think I’ll feel a lot better about my future prospects. Thanks to you both, and I’m looking forward to listening to your other podcasts.

    • Dain Miller July 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Hey there Laura,

      Thanks for the kind words. Had a question and shot you an email!

  • Brad Okerstrom July 31, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I just happened upon your podcast yesterday (July 30, 2015) and I am so glad I did. After listening to the first episode I can tell that your show is going to help me out tremendously. I am currently transitioning out of the culinary industry into web development and am taking in as much information as my brain can handle. After spending 10 years in food I have realized that the hours will never be conducive to family life and the pay even less so. I needed another creative outlet with better pay and so I enrolled in a CIS program at my local university. Over the summer I have began teaching myself html/CSS and am loving it. Front end web development is where I see myself in the near future and thanks to your podcast I will gain a clearer picture on how to go about getting there. Thank You.

  • Paul Q. August 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Hey guys,

    So, I came across your podcast and I’m enjoying it a ton. I plan on jumping into the web development industry very soon and I’m trying to soak in as much as possible via the internet. I’m currently in law enforcement and as I get older, I’m realizing that the lifestyle/career is no longer something I’m okay with. So I’d really love to get into an industry that is challenging but engaging where I can dust off my creativity skills. One question I had was what do you guys think about web dev bootcamps? I plan on jumping into one at the end of the year to just immerse myself in it all. Any cons (or additional pros) that you can think of?

    Keep up the great work!

  • Pano Spanos August 29, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I’m actually not switching job fields but I’ve always been interested in becoming a web developer. I recently ran into some frustration at work where there wasn’t a website for something I thought would fundamentally change how our law firm operates. I’ve set out to create this tool in a web accessible format. My first step has been to research how to create and develop a web site. I stumbled upon your podcast and so, I’m beginning here.

  • Robert September 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hey guys,

    I’m probably a little late but I just found your podcast and wanted to congratulate you guys!
    I just got into this world of programming and your podcast have been so good and encouraging to me.
    I’m into Civil Engeneering but recently I’ve made up my mind to change things up a little bit and this kind of work you’ve been doing is just the boost I was needing.

    And in respond to the question, I decided to dig into the web development because I’m that kind of professional who really likes to dig into my projects and do it with my own hands. I was always so fascinated with this kind of work so I thought it was my time give it a try.

  • Matt Kim September 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Hi, I just listened to episode 1 and I feel like I stumbled upon a great resource for developing my skill in web development in your podcast. I am currently working as an ecommerce analyst, but I have this desire to tap into my creative side. Also, I want to use web development as a source of supplemental income through freelancing during my transition into making web development my full-time career. I know I am a bit late to the podcast series since you guys are on your 21st show, but I just felt inspired by this first episode and had to leave a comment.

    I am grateful I have found this great resource and I am excited to learn about the trade and the industry and very excited to develop my skill. Here’s to the start of my journey!

    Thanks Keith & Dain!

  • Amy Kotas November 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    So glad I found this podcast. I am actually trying to return to web development after getting away from it for many years. I was self-taught during college, and worked as a developer for a (long gone) dot com. Got a masters degree in a field I’m no longer interested in (public admin), and found my way back to computers via graphic design. I realized I wanted to be back in development, and I’ve taken courses here and there, but I’m taking the slow path back. Currently a stay at home mother of twin toddlers, so I have very limited time/mental energy, but the goal is to become proficient enough to do remote work. I had started a Skillcrush blueprint in WordPress development, but I’m not sure it’s where I want to be. I am worried about getting too attached to one CMS. Considering a Udacity nanodegree but cost is a consideration.

    • Dain Miller May 1, 2016 at 1:26 am

      I really appreciate this comment. I would love to hear what your decision you made was :)

  • Richard W. Rouse September 22, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Hello, thank you for this podcast. I have listened to the first three episodes and find that this podcast really matches what I need at this point in my skill development.

    I have been working in IT for the last 15 years but started working with web and programming code about four months ago. I should have started down this path many years ago. I am learning on my own, relying on books and free resources on the web.

    It is my hope to eventually become a freelance web and app developer. I have come to see the enormous potential of code and technology and how it can improve peoples lives. The only limits really are what I / we can imagine, I am very excited to be a part of it. The web is the primary medium for accessing this potential at the moment and the foreseeable future. The web is also a tremendous tool for making education more available to more people. Who wouldn’t want to participate?

  • Jameel Matin October 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Hey guys, I’ve been doing a lot of research into which learning podcasts to choose from while I drive for Uber and Lyft. Starthere.fm has been by far the most honest, easy to follow and enjoyable podcast for me and my passengers to listen to.

    The reason I am learning web development is so I can build a website that can help active duty military be set up for success by the time they exit the military.

    Semper Fi!

    • Dain Miller November 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words man. That means a lot.

      Also, thanks for your service. Keep it up brother. Ping me if you need any help learning web dev miller.dain@gmail.com

  • Jacob Chadwick November 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Just recently found your podcast, I’m looking forward to following along. I’m currently going through the Skillcrush front-end development class. The resources you are providing match or compliment the work I’m already doing. I appreciate your creation, and I love the mindset of giving back to the community; one I hope to follow.



    • Dain Miller November 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Jacob! That means a lot. Let me know if you find our podcast content missing anything, or if you think we didn’t cover something enough! I hope you rock it. I recommend listening to Start Here: Ruby on Rails episode 1, even tho you are a front-end guy, that episode I talk about how to get into ruby on rails and its a step by step formula and it can be applied to any framework/industry within web dev!

  • Kandy Longstreet November 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Thank you so much for putting forth the energy to create this podcast! I’m in the same Skillcrush front-end development class as Jacob and just listened to your first podcast. I’m a total newbie at developing but work with a great group of engineers. You see, I love my day job as a Business Analyst for an ecommerce company because I love data and solving business problems, but my favorite part is seeing how our product has evolved. I’ve had some fantastic conversations with our UX designer, and he’s the one that’s really (unknowingly) inspired me to become a developer. Also, my husband and I are expecting our second kiddo next month. So I realize it will take a lot of hard work and perseverance, but the being able to potentially realize my dream of working remote will be worth the late nights. I have a tidbit of knowledge around mySQL, along with some HTML so far. Most of my work hours are spent in Excel and OBI (Oracle Business Intelligence). I just completed my B.S. in Business last year while working full time and want to keep a nozzle in my brain tank. I’m so glad to have found your podcast and really appreciate the guidance.

    • Dain Miller November 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Jump forward to the latest 4 – 5 episodes of the podcast, they have big segments on motivation, I feel like you could benefit from them given everything you have on the deck. Good luck with all that, I wish you the best. Message me if I can help at all miller.dain@gmail.com.

  • Roxanne December 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Hey Dan – I just stumbled upon your podcast and couldn’t be happier!

    After my 13 year career ended in a lay off, I decided to go back to school for a Web Development degree. I have always been interested in technology, and as a manager I led efforts to leverage new technologies to drive efficiency and productivity. Another facet of my career was building executive level powerpoint presentations for global audiences.

    All of these things combined led me to choose Web Development as my new career and I couldn’t be happier. I have raced through my coursework, but needed some supplemental info and your site and podcast fit my needs quite well.

    I can’t wait to get through all of your podcasts. I think they will help calm my nerves about jumping into a new industry. I can’t thank you enough!!!

    – Roxanne

  • Robert January 25, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Hey there guys,

    I’m 27 years old, working at a job I’m not thrilled at, that doesn’t pay as much as I’d like, and I just recently got engaged.
    I’ve always been curious about coding and web dev., but this is the first resource I’ve found that gives me hope that I can learn it myself.
    I don’t have time or money to go back to school in any official way, so I’m going to give it a go myself with what you guys have here.

    Thank you for all the work you’ve put into this.
    You’ve started me on the journey.

    • Dain Miller January 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words Robert. If you don’t mind leaving an iTunes review, we’d really appreciate it.

      Also feel free to email me questions on your path or anything that overwhelms you, and I’ll help you get unstuck. miller.dain[at]gmail.com :)

      Congrats on starting the journey to move towards a more fulfilling career, your future self is very happy you did this. :)

  • Robin March 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Hi guys, thanks for the podcast, enjoying it so far. I’ve chosen to become a web developer because i want a reliable career that gives my brain a workout and is flexible. Cheers.

  • JT June 21, 2017 at 2:21 am


    First podcast was excellent, I already did the homework too :] I´m on a freecodecamp curriculum, but got stuck on portfolio page, the pace there is a little too fast for me so I have to get supplementary content to keep up there. So I found your podcast. Teaching myself to program a few months already, also listening to Internet History Podcast and several others to get myself acquainted to the field.

    Keeb ub dhe koot worg!

  • Waswa Olunga August 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Thank you for this series of podcasts. I just started on podcast one and I am thoroughly excited to keep going and working towards becoming a web developer.

    My interest came a long time ago before I even went to college through a website I started making for one of my dad’s friends. I enjoyed the process but put it aside because college was coming and the traditional route of a math high school geek, engineering, was beckoning.

    Two years into my degree and I can say that the only thing that still excites me to this day is getting behind a computer and programming. Best of all when it comes to developing something visually stimulation with direct application to the real world such as web development.

    I am a bit late to the whole transition but I remain motivated by my end goal which is to provide a beautiful life for my family so I am looking forward to going as far as I can go with web development and I cannot thank you enough for this amazing resource!

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