Thinking about what you will face in your process of becoming a Developer is perfectly correct. What will you learn, and what will be the coding language you want to master? A career as a Web Developer understands good knowledge of the universal coding language, also known as JavaScript, although there are many coding languages out there.

There are a lot of resources out there that can help you to learn the basics of coding, including JavaScript.

Knowing the fundamentals of JavaScript can lead you to a better understanding of Web development in general. Here at SHA, where we make education accessible to everyone. We are making a community of students, alumni and experts in Web Development with plenty of knowledge in different coding languages. Participation in Coding Bootcamps is the best way to start learning Web Development, including JavaScript, HTML, CSS and more. All these coding languages are part of the SHA program for Full-Stack Web Development.

What is JavaScript, the most popular coding language in the world of tech?

Two key points to know for the beginning are:

  • First, it’s essential to remember that JavaScript is not Java. These are two different languages.
  • JavaScript is one of many programming languages that we can use in multiple development fields. Such as Mobile apps, Web Pages, games etc.

Before we talk about Why it is good to choose JavaScript as a coding language that you should learn. We can say that JavaScript is also very tiny and connected with different coding languages. We need them in the process of any kind of Web Development.

Why JavaScript?

One of the most used statistics which the industry is using to increase the awareness of the developers or students about these coding languages is the fact that JavaScript is the most-used coding language.

There are many reasons behind learning JavaScript.

Usually, when we decide to learn to code, we should study the market and choose the most in-demand programming languages on the market. Which is what JavaScript has achieved over the previous ten years.

Statistics for this subject are very common, and here are some of the most relevant.

  • Based on a StackOverflow website survey, 2022 marks JavaScript’s tenth year as the most commonly used programming language.
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  • Another statistic from the PYPL (Popularity of Programming Language Index) is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.
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What does this mean?

Behind any part of the webpage that the user can see or interact with on the internet, there are three main tools (languages).

  • HTML: This stands for “Hyper Text Markup Language”, which determines how you structure your webpage (to have paragraphs, main titles, subtitles, images, links, audio, videos …etc.).
  • CSS:  Which stands for “Cascading Style Sheet “, which is responsible for styling your webpage (colours, font size, font types, positioning different elements you created by using HTML, adding some animation … etc.)
  • And the last one is JavaScript which is responsible for making these web pages dynamic or functional. That means we as users can interact with these different web pages (download images, submit forms, click on buttons and do some actions (show content, hide content )…etc.).

This means that we could not find any website or page on the internet that does not use JavaScript, and this is what js has been created for (add functionality to web pages).

But with time, we also used JavaScript to build the backend part of these websites. Backend means the part of the website that users cannot see or interact with. For example, when you sign up to Facebook, you add your username, email & password, and this information will be saved in a specific place. So next time you log in, you will be asked to add your email or username and the right password.

Here are some basic concepts that are important to understand when learning JavaScript:

  • Variables are used to store data values in JavaScript. You can use variables to store numbers, strings (text), and other data types.
  • Data types: JavaScript has several different data types, including numbers, strings, and Boolean values (true or false).
  • Operators are used to performing operations on variables and values. For example, you can use the + operator to add two numbers together. Or the – operator to subtract one number from another.
  • Control structures are used to control the flow of a program. For example, you can use an if statement to execute a block of code only if a certain condition is met.
  • Functions are blocks of code that can be defined and called later in your program. Functions are useful because they allow you to reuse code and make your programs more modular.
  • Objects are data structures that allow you to store and manipulate related data in a single entity. For example, you might define an object to represent a person with properties like name, age, and address.

These are just a few of the basic concepts that are important to understand when learning JavaScript. There is a lot more to learn, but these concepts will give you a good foundation upon which to build.

What is special about JavaScript?

The special thing is that if you learned JavaScript, you would be able to work on the frontend and backend with one programming language, so you do not have to learn a new programming language to be able to build the backend of your project: Website.

Innumerable frameworks and libraries

JavaScript has many built-in frameworks and libraries for both frontend and backend, so most of the time, you do not have to write the code from scratch, which means saving more time, getting better results and having fewer errors.

Large community

During your learning journey, you will encounter many errors/problems. Not to worry, you will not be the only one in this, and most of the time, you will find someone else who has the same error and ask for help, and many solutions and suggestions have been provided to solve this main issue.

Success is a Team sport. Starting the journey as a developer will bring you challenges but also a lot of personal and professional growth. Being part of communities and programs will greatly help you achieve your wish to have a job in the Tech Industry.

To learn more about JavaScript, SHA has developed a strong community of developers, students and instructors. Their work is to help you through all the fundamentals of any programming problem you will land on. Become part of this worthwhile community, and don’t think twice about entering the Tech Industry.

Are you ready to write the first Hello World program with JavaScript?