Web application developers build, maintain and manage all aspects of a web application. ("Web application" is a catchall term for a number interfaces that utilize the world wide web.) One example would be a website, and another could be a mobile phone or tablet app. Web application developers must plan, build and subsequently manage every process of the application's development. Sometimes this is done as part of a team, but it can also be done independently or under the supervision of the employer. Fluent understanding of common developer languages such as HTML and PHP will nearly always be necessary and may need to be demonstrated via a test or a strong portfolio.
Web application developers will often work in an office environment, however, their jobs have overall targets and goals that must be reached by a set deadline. For this reason, it may be common for web application developers to work from home or remotely as well. Working hours may vary, pending goal deadlines. However, in a team effort, web application developers may be more constrained to standard 9 to 5 weekday hours. Given the widespread nature of the world wide web, web application developers are employed by virtually any company that has a need to interact with the public at large.
Employers will often look for relevant qualifications and work experience in the field of web development. A degree in web design -- or a relevant comparable and certified qualification -- is a standard job requirement. A strong profile of past development experience would be beneficial to all potential web application developers as it is a very competitive market.
Web Application Developer Tasks
- Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
- Work with with designers and content producers.
- Test and document software for web sites.
- Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.