Today there are many different types of programming languages and platforms available, it’s just a matter of knowing your language. Since my induction to the world of developing, soon after learning the fundamentals about common programming paradigms I found that most languages are done in a step-by-step logical process; if you start to think in a certain pattern or follow a process to find a solution to a problem; it could be the start to your career.

 

When I first started to experience first-hand the development process and trying to understand the concept of the most common website languages such as HTML and CSS it can seem very daunting to begin with and very difficult to link the connections between the two and why they’re used. After a while it will click and you’ll be able to seamlessly code between the two without any help however this is just the beginning, there is more to developing than just these two languages; HTML and CSS are what we call front-end, as it’s everything the end-user will see and interact with but you’ll build mostly static websites with no interaction which will start to feel very bland.

 

The next step is to expand knowledge and key skills, by learning another front-end language such as JavaScript, for me this language is extremely useful and can turn a static, boring website to life. JavaScript is known as an event-driven programming paradigm as it listens for certain events such as a mouse click or a key press and as soon as the event has been activated it will then execute the code. A basic example of JavaScript and it’s fundamentals could be a simple drop-down navigation, this is all done with JavaScript as the dropdown menu cannot be shown all the time but JavaScript can change the visibility of elements on the screen and display the menu once clicked.

 

It doesn’t stop here, from this point on there are different routes that can be taken or the preferred route. For me I found that back-end coding was the next logical step to take; more specific PHP, this language has endless possibilities and logical steps it can perform. The reason why it’s named back-end language is because it takes in any sort of input and produces an output either back onto the screen or stores the information all without the user knowing this is being done behind the scenes it’s very valuable to know this language when it comes to the world of developing.

 

As a Junior Developer I soon came to realise you’ll always be learning new ways to accomplish tasks or expanding your knowledge, we are forever accumulating new knowledge and expanding our horizons. To capitalise on the experience across our digital and development team, why not get in touch today!