We use cookies on this website to make it function correctly and to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies. Cookie Policy

Why we teach JavaScript, Python, and other programming languages in our new coding bootcamp

Hack Reactor

Computer showing JavaScript programming language

Editorial note: Throughout this post and much of our site, we use the terms “programming,” “developing,” and “coding” interchangeably, because they all mean the same thing. 

___

Computer programming languages have long provided innovative ways for people to give instructions to computers. There are a wide variety of languages out there, but only some are categorized as modern. 

In our new 19-week Software Engineering Coding Bootcamp, we teach the four most popular modern languages: JavaScript, HTML/CSS, SQL, and Python.

Breaking down these modern languages 

We routinely look to Stack Overflow as an objective source to understand the state of the programming industry. Their team conducts the most comprehensive developer survey in the world, connecting with more than 80,000 programmers. Their 2021 survey, which was released in August, is the basis for our breakdown below. 

  1. JavaScript
    This is the language of the web. According to the survey, “JavaScript completes its ninth year in a row as the most commonly used programming language”. We teach this popular language in all of our programs, including our new 19-week bootcamp, and we focus on teaching JavaScript for the frontend. (Read more about the difference between frontend and backend development below!

  2. HTML/CSS
    Second place in Stack Overflow’s survey is a tie going to the frontend languages Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). HTML describes the structure of Web pages while CSS describes the presentation and design of web pages. Using a house analogy, HTML is the structure (think walls, ceilings, cabinets, and floor) and CSS is the paint, wallpaper, tiles, carpet, and throw pillows.

  3. Python
    According to the survey, Python is third most commonly used language, in addition to being the #1 most wanted language for the fifth year in a row. This means that for those who don’t currently use Python, it’s the language they want to learn next. 

    You may have heard of Python in a few contexts. For one, it’s a mature language that’s been around for 30 years. Second, it’s seen incredible growth over time because it’s a strong language for backend development. According to Python.org, “Python is powerful...and fast; plays well with others; runs everywhere; is friendly and easy to learn; is Open (freely usable)."

  4. SQL
    Structured Query Language (SQL) comes in fourth place in the survey and rounds out the languages we teach in our 19-week program. SQL is the language used in databases to handle information. Referring back to the housing analogy, SQL is the binder of all of the contracts, lists of materials, and all of the contractors’ contact information that you need to refer to in order to repairs, renovations, or upgrades to the house. 

JavaScript and Python are a dynamic duo

When you finish our 19-week coding bootcamp, you’ll know both Python and JavaScript, the most sought-after programming languages by employers. This dual knowledge, in tandem with the other languages we teach, allows you to seek out even more job opportunities in a variety of industries, from software companies to social networking platforms to financial organizations and beyond. Having the ability to compare and contrast how to solve problems using different languages readies you with mental models for later on in your career when you’ll need to pick up more languages on the job, like Java or C#.

Understanding the difference between frontend and backend web development

The frontend of a website is everything you can see and interact with, including colors, styles, menus, buttons, and more. Let’s go back to the house analogy just one more time. The front end is the exterior of the house - the shape, the color, the wallpaper, the faucets, the light fixtures, and so forth.  

Conversely, the backend is everything you can't see that makes the house work, like the plumbing, electrical wiring, HVAC, and more. On a website, the backend typically consists of a server and a database that make sure the frontend works. 

The combination of front and backend makes a technology stack or “tech stack.” Companies typically choose one or more tech stacks to power their operations. And while throwing around the term “tech stack” is a fun (and very cool) thing to do at parties, what’s even more useful is having the skills to code and work with whatever tech stack your employer chooses. 

___

To learn more about what we cover in our Software Engineering Immersive with JavaScript and Python, visit here