Session Details

Novice to Pro: The Journey of a Self-taught Web Developer

AIM1 Applications, Integration and Mobile

Location: Pavilion Ballroom East

MONDAY, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Web development has come a long way since 2004, the year Vineyard put his first website into production. Hehad been learning about programming for a while, but he didn’t understand the steps he needed to take next. Vineyard says he had almost no context for getting a programming language to work. Best of all, he was programming PHP in Dreamweaver on Windows XP (yeah, baby!). The work he does today is drastically different from the work he was doing then. Vineyard utilizes tools like virtual machines, command line utilities, pre-processors, and package managers. How did he get here? How do others get here? In this session Vineyard will tell you about the journey he's taken to becoming a self-taught, professional PHP web developer and give you hints on where he thinks the web development industry is going next. He will highlight the use of DevOps and testing, future frameworks and tools, and statements from thought leaders. From a leadership perspective, too, he'll talk about how to keep your co-workers and followers from making the same mistakes he made. Vineyard will also give tips on how to encourage their personal growth into the awesome world of web development.

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Zac Vineyard
Director of Web Development, Northwest Nazarene University

Zac Vineyard is the Director of Web Development for Northwest Nazarene University and has been building websites for over ten years. He specializes in front-end web design, content management, and application development. He is also the author of Web Development with PyroCMS. He lives in Meridian, Idaho with his wife and twin girls. You can follow him on Twitter: @zvineyard.