Aside from the educational value of building projects, there are practical reasons to build projects. Perhaps the most important reason is to build a portfolio of work that potential employers or recruiters can use to assess your skills and learning progress.
When it comes to portfolios there are actually two types of...
There was a time when a resume was sufficient to get hired as a developer. However, those days are long gone. With dozens of technology stacks and an ever-expanding industry, the hiring process has become longer and more complex. Most web developers are looking for a way to stand out. Your LinkedIn profile is simply not enough.
First, let's look at the components of a strong web developer portfolio. Then we'll look at a number of excellent web developer portfolio examples.
If you're a developer you need to have a GitHub repository available for inspection by potential employers. That is separate and distinct from the portfolio site discussed here. GitHub is a convenient place to store, manage, and version your code. A portfolio site is where you sell yourself and your abilities.
Many portfolios link to individual GitHub repositories so that site visitors who want to view the code are able to do so.
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