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Old 06-27-2017, 05:30 PM   #1  
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Greetings. I have been flying for the past 7 years and only recently I got my first flying job. I have been thinking around with the idea of diving deeper into web development and flying for fun or maybe even on a part time on call basis. I have been mostly self-taught taking a few courses from team treehouse and codecademy. I am not a complete noobie, but I don't really have any work experience in web development just yet. Most of my projects have been basic HTML/CSS stuff and for practice. I was just wondering about the pro's/cons of web development field vs Piloting career. I have a passion for both but honestly, I seem to enjoy flying when it's casual instead of doing it day in and day out. Wanted to see if there are other Pilot/web developer's out there, and what study path would you guys recommend to make myself employable? Thanks.
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Greetings. I have been flying for the past 7 years and only recently I got my first flying job. I have been thinking around with the idea of diving deeper into web development and flying for fun or maybe even on a part time on call basis. I have been mostly self-taught taking a few courses from team treehouse and codecademy. I am not a complete noobie, but I don't really have any work experience in web development just yet. Most of my projects have been basic HTML/CSS stuff and for practice. I was just wondering about the pro's/cons of web development field vs Piloting career. I have a passion for both but honestly, I seem to enjoy flying when it's casual instead of doing it day in and day out. Wanted to see if there are other Pilot/web developer's out there, and what study path would you guys recommend to make myself employable? Thanks.
I have flown with a number of guys over the years that do coding on the side. Some have more success than others, but most have done it as a hobby and part time gig.

I have been playing around with it for the last year and enjoy it. Have a friend that is quite competent, and he took my work and got it out to the App market.

Working on another app now, that he is coding based on my idea.

I am hoping to get to the point where I can do it all myself, but not there yet.

Having something to do on layovers or long deadheads helps keep me out of trouble!

For me a hobby, but one that offers additional earning potential.

Good luck.
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I am interested as well as a side gig freelancer.
How did you get started?
Team treehouse, code academy, udemy ?
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I am interested as well as a side gig freelancer.
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Code academy and some java books

Just started the java script tutorial. My 14 year old son is very interested in coding and gives us a hobby to share
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Good to know
I did a trial session with team tree house. And code academy

I think code academy fits my learning style
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It seems like learning html, CSS, and JS well, plus maybe either PHP or j-query can land you a entry level job.
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Greetings. I have been flying for the past 7 years and only recently I got my first flying job. I have been thinking around with the idea of diving deeper into web development and flying for fun or maybe even on a part time on call basis. I have been mostly self-taught taking a few courses from team treehouse and codecademy. I am not a complete noobie, but I don't really have any work experience in web development just yet. Most of my projects have been basic HTML/CSS stuff and for practice. I was just wondering about the pro's/cons of web development field vs Piloting career. I have a passion for both but honestly, I seem to enjoy flying when it's casual instead of doing it day in and day out. Wanted to see if there are other Pilot/web developer's out there, and what study path would you guys recommend to make myself employable? Thanks.
Are you interested only in web development or software in general? If you're younger, have you considered pursuing a technical degree? Web development can be a good side hustle, but software engineering in general opens a lot more doors and would probably be a better career path than flying for a younger person starting out. Consider the difference between the two jobs. In software, you're a well paid knowledge worker who will be rewarded for the skills and abilities you've built over a career (though ageism is pretty bad in software). Pilots are blue collar operators who's skills and knowledge remain fixed over a career - a 3000 hour regional captain can do the same thing as a 10000 hour mainline captain. The difference is small and merit has very little to do with advancement in flying. Many people love flying, though, and there are plenty of smart people in the career. It's very much a lifestyle job.

HTML and CSS are a good start, but instead of focusing on websites, think of web development as "making software for the web". This is "real" coding (unless you're actually more interested in the design aspect). HTML isn't even programming, it's just markup. Dive into JS, SQL, React, Angular, etc., as well as the basics of CS/software engineering. Much of the non web related reference material will be in a language other than JS - C/C++, Java, etc., but it's worth knowing another language anyway. Code School (not free) might be a good place to start for web stuff. Or maybe a bootcamp if you want some instruction and have money.

Just start googling. APC is just about the worst place you could pick to ask for advice on how to learn web development. There are a bunch of subreddits with good info. Look there.
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Greetings. I have been flying for the past 7 years and only recently I got my first flying job. I have been thinking around with the idea of diving deeper into web development and flying for fun or maybe even on a part time on call basis. I have been mostly self-taught taking a few courses from team treehouse and codecademy. I am not a complete noobie, but I don't really have any work experience in web development just yet. Most of my projects have been basic HTML/CSS stuff and for practice. I was just wondering about the pro's/cons of web development field vs Piloting career. I have a passion for both but honestly, I seem to enjoy flying when it's casual instead of doing it day in and day out. Wanted to see if there are other Pilot/web developer's out there, and what study path would you guys recommend to make myself employable? Thanks.
One of my instructors was a full time developer at Adobe and loved it. CFI'd on the side for fun. That's the way to go in my opinion, and you might hit it big with a start up, cash out and have the ability to buy your dream aircraft to fly for fun. Lots of those types in the Bay Area. A neighbor of ours growing up went to a codeacademy type school and went 0 to hero in a month or so. He got plugged into the industry and is making close to 6 figs within 6 months of starting that program. Look into that, make connections and market yourself.
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If you are considering a career as a web developer, it's better to have an expertise when it comes to backend development as opposed to frontend development. While backend development is harder to learn and coding is more complicated, it's more in demand and the better you are at it, the more you'll get hired. There's also big money involved for backend development as opposed to frontend.

Frontend development is okay but some services are slowly being replaced by the software developed by backend. For example, website design, you can build a website these days even without knowing how to code because of website builders like for example, hPage.com which is a software that allows people to create a free website easily.


If you ever decide to go into web development, you can get started by learning at Codeacademy.
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Software engineer here - started with web development; now I manage a team of developers. As mentioned above, I would recommend more than just web development. Software is in high demand and will continue to be. If you like to create, build, and improve things - it's a great place to be.

You can also take it with you if you work for the right places (or yourself). I decided to fly "casually" ... and instruct on a very part time basis. It's turned out pretty great for me, and I still get to give something back to the aviation community!
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