Talk to web developers online
If you want some one-to-one advice, I’ve found that other web developers are some of the most friendly people online. Coders have to constantly be learning to keep up with advancements and trends in technology, so it’s important to be willing to share ideas to enable everyone to progress.
If they don’t reply immediately, don’t be disheartened, it’s possible that they’re just busy dealing with never-ending bugs and emails. Likewise, if you have the opportunity to share advice, then do! orkshop.xyz, set up by Kingston grad Olly Bromham [see above] documents a series of coding workshops he ran during his degree, along with some resources to help people who weren’t able to attend.
Learn from other people’s work, but be considerate
Code has a lot of weird grey areas when it comes to intellectual property. If it’s a free plugin, or something on a site such as CodePen that’s presented as something you can use and modify for free, then you can take it without worrying. However, if you see something on a website that you want to emulate, make sure you tread carefully.
• DO open up inspector tools and try to figure out what the author did to make a certain interaction work.
• DO think inventively and make sure that you re-contextualise any snippets of code you take into something different.
• DON’T copy and paste someone’s entire site and fill it with your own images and text. Be respectful, someone probably spent a lot of time and effort writing that code.
If you want to know how someone did something on a website and you’re not sure where you stand, always err on the safe side: send them a DM or an email asking them if they’d mind sharing how they did it. Often, they’ll be flattered that you asked, and this way you don’t run the risk of them finding out that you took their work on the sly.
If you see a website you like, it will usually be credited to the coders who authored them, so you can follow their work and ask them questions.