Programming Languages: Which Should I Learn?

Interested in learning to code? Determining which of the many languages to learn can be challenging, but we’re here to help!

For our potential career changing students: we encourage making a list of companies you ideally would like to work for and research what language they hire for.  However, once you learn one language, it’s easier to learn others!

Front-End vs. Back-End (Java & C# .NET)

Below, two of our staff members share their experiences to give you a better sense of what type of projects are involved with both front-end and back-end. 


Yasmine, Admissions and Learning Team Administrator

David, Java & JavaScript Instructor

Front-End Languages

“When I was a front-end developer in digital marketing, I did a great deal with HTML and CSS, solving logic puzzles about how best to get the site to look right for different browsers and screen sizes. Front-end tends to be a more finicky about pixels and compatibility with a variety of browsers. It requires more compromise and maybe frustration, but it’s also more visual and creative.” -David

The Front-End bootcamp is heavily focused on the visual and client-side aspect of a website. This refers to what the user sees and interacts with. While we do teach some server-side “back-end” Javascript, we also touch on the UX and UI of a website, and how to develop a site from a provided design. All the code that you create and data that you have access to needs to be accessible by the user and they need to be able to accomplish their goal on the site in an easy and friendly way. You’ll also have to be passionate about having everyone be able to access a website on any platform/screen size and have responsive layout” -Yasmine

Back-End Languages

“As a back-end developer in digital marketing, I did a lot with using websites to manage data. It involved websites, databases, security, networks, APIs, and server configuration. Back-end tends to be more straightforward with more clear right/wrong answers. Sometimes you have to think more about large-scale problems like managing parallel servers and databases and optimizing performance.” -David

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1 thought on “Programming Languages: Which Should I Learn?”

  1. Hena says:

    Thanks for the feedbacks

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