Local events and meetups are great ways to get involved with other developers, learn, contribute, and make connections. Don’t wait until you are ready to look for work: let it be a part of what it means for you to become a web developer in the first place.
Listening to technical and tech-light podcasts are a great way to ease yourself into the coding community. Check out these good ones:
Find your local techies via Meetup groups and Eventbrite events. These often take the form of workshops or classes, which is a great way to level up your skillset.
Hackathons are great for collaborating with other developers in an intense way to build brand new projects from the ground up.
Check out Stack Overflow, Reddit technology subreddits like /r/learnprogramming, and chat rooms like Gitter.