There is a seemingly endless number of coding languages out there, with more and more being developed and rolled out each day. With so many different languages to learn, it can be challenging to know how to begin to become a developer or front-end designer. While the specific languages you need to learn greatly depends on what field and role you want to pursue, there are a few necessary languages you should start with if you are looking into how to become a web designer or programmer. To demystify the various coding languages and frameworks you should learn, here are the top few, from HTML to jQuery:
While not a programming language (it's actually a "markup language"—a set of markup symbols and codes), HTML is the foundation for creating web pages and applications. Essentially, it describes how content should be presented on a page. When used in conjunction with CSS (the markup language for adding style to web pages), you can not only create a basic website, but design it as well. Though not an official coding language, HTML and CSS are certainly two of the main front-end web developer skills you need to know.
Ruby on Rails
The creator of Ruby said he created this programming language as a way to "make programmers happy." While not designed for use on the web, Ruby was simply designed to make programming more straightforward and fun. Rails—a web application framework designed to work within the Ruby language—was created in order to then make Ruby accessible on the web.
This means that, while you can be fine just knowing the Ruby language, most companies aren't going to hire you to solely write in Ruby—they want you to know Rails as well. If you're still new to the coding world, Ruby on Rails (RoR) is one of the best languages for beginners to learn as it's a high-level language, rather than low-level languages like C. You're dealing with higher levels of abstraction, so you don't have to worry about low-level things like memory allocation, garbage collection, and semicolons. In theory, your code will be more about the actual task at hand, rather than specific details about how computers function.
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These are just a few of the programming and markup languages you will want to know if you want to become a front or back-end web developer. Research the jobs you want to hold and fields you want to enter to discover which languages to prioritize and what else you might want to add to your coding repertoire. In this fast-paced, competitive market, it's best to be knowledgeable in many areas while having one or two languages of expertise to offer something unique and interesting to potential employers.
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