Programming Languages: Which Should I Learn?

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Interested in learning code? Determining which language to learn can be challenging. We’re here to help!

We encourage making a list of companies you ideally would like to work for and research what language they hire for.  It’s one way of helping you understand the tech landscape. It’s important to know that once you learn a language, it’s easier to learn others. This opens many career opportunities. 

Below is a description of the languages taught at Grand Circus bootcamps, from an experiential perspective.

Front-End and Back-End

Below, two experienced Grand Circus instructors and staff share their experiences as developers. You’ll gain a better sense of what type of projects are involved with both front-end and back-end.

Yasmine Abdulhamid, Admissions and Learning Team Administrator
David Wolverton
David Wolverton, Java & JavaScript Instructor


“When I was a front-end developer, 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


“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

“In the backend classes we invest more time on complex logical problems and on structures of data. Our backend curriculum tends to go deeper into the fundamentals of computing and programming. We tend to focus less on the visual components of software. Part of that is inherent in the differences between languages and part of it is the focus of our curriculum.” -David