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How to become a Developer? From zero to Software Engineer!

by Veronica 30/06/2020

The programming profession is considered a dream job. It gives good money, wide development opportunities, many job offers. Also the possibility of remote work from anywhere in the world. Sounds great, right? That is why a lot of people who already have a different profession are thinking about changing it to IT. Where to start, then? What language should you choose? How to prepare for programming from scratch? Let’s start from the beginning!

Who is a developer?

Developer, coder or software engineer is a person who creates computer programs based on a specific programming language (i.e. C ++, Python, Java). He/she usually specializes in one of them. What is more, developers are also divided into front-end, back-end and full-stack developers, depending on which part of the application they deal with.

Which programming language should you choose?

Programming languages ​​are broad topic. Which one should you start with? The choice is up to you. Below you will find a list of the most popular languages.

JavaScript – the best language for the beginners

JavaScript is a front-end programming language. It is usually used for creating websites and web applications. It provides interactive service and event handling, formula validation or building navigation elements. For several years – thanks to Node.js – it has also been used in the back-end application layer. JavaScript is a very easy language to start learning programming. Also, it is also the language in which you will find many job offers.

Java – one of the most popular programming languages ​​nowadays

It is a back-end language, usually used for creating desktop software, mobile applications, games, or all kinds of corporate applications. Another of its functions can be mobile applications, as Android works in a Java environment. It is the preferred language in corporations and large companies.

Python – Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Python is a language that has been gaining popularity in recent years and is gathering a growing community. It is the favorite language of scientists, statisticians, computer network specialists and hackers. If you want to go towards Big Data, Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence and you are wondering which programming language to choose, Python will be the best choice to start with.

PHP – scripting programming language

PHP is a scripting programming language that you can use to create websites. In PHP developers mostly create: content management systems, discussion forums, e-mail applications and databases. PHP is relatively easy to start learning.

C ++

It is the language most commonly used in embedded systems, in telecommunications, and in-game development. C ++ is used where you operate directly on hardware and performance matters. The largest global corporations like Adobe, Facebook, Amazon, Ericsson, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia Siemens Network, are using this language. What is more, technical studies usually require C ++.

What is the best programming language for me?

When choosing a programming language, you can also focus on what you ultimately want to do. You can become a programmer of mobile apps or desktop applications. You can also become a web developer.
There is one more important decision ahead of you. In what area do you want to work? There are three basic areas in programming.

Front-end developer, a person who makes sure that the web application is functional, attractive and adapted to various devices. Here, the main task of the developer in terms of interface is to check how the site will look and how it will behave in different situations. First of all, you need to empathize with the potential user. If you want to work as a Front-end it is important to have at least a slight sense of aesthetics. Frontend developers use HTML, CSS or JavaScript.

Back-end, or the driving force of the program. Back-end development is mostly building a server application that actually powers the web (front-end) application, handles communication between servers, and operates databases. Those developers should have predisposition to analytical thinking. They use languages ​​for this: PHP, Ruby, Java, C # or Python.

Full-stack developer is a person who creates both, front-end and back-end. This includes: server, hosting, data structuring form or user interface.

When choosing such a career path, you should also know that a programmer’s job is not only about the code itself. It is also about solving problems and making right decisions in a short time. 

A developer learns from his/her mistakes every day. One is not the author of a specific project, but a contractor for the hardest work. What is more, developer’s work is well paid and interesting; however, it requires constant development and further training from you. Remember that, there is a lot of responsibility and stress behind big money.

We hope that this brief introduction to the programming world has been helpful. In the next post we will describe how to start learning programming and where to look for help.