Hey, what’s up, John Sonmez from simpleprogrammer.com. I gotta check my mic here, my battery. I thought I’d answer this question. I just was writing some chapters in my new book. I’m writing this book about—called the—tentatively called The Complete Career Guide for Software Developers and I was talking about front end versus back end in there and so I looked and I saw this question.
I thought, “Ah, this is perfect. I’ll just answer this question since I’ve been writing about this topic” which I find kind of boring, to be honest. I like to do the more opinionated stuff but, yeah. I’m at this part right in book where I’m defining things and talking about stuff that I’m not really super passionate about but you’ve got to get through it, right? I’m trying to bring at least some humor to it. That will make it a little bit more entertaining, but it’s stuff you got to know. I can’t create a book about a guide to software developers or complete career guide without giving you all the stuff that you need to know. Before we get into that I do want to take a moment to thank hire.com for sponsoring Simple Programmer. They’re pretty awesome. I don’t get along with a lot of companies that have wanted to sponsor Simple Programmer to be mentioned in a YouTube video but I do because I like what they’re doing. I like their philosophy. I like the way that they work.
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I definitely recommend it. Let me know your experiences by the way with them. I’d love to hear from all of you. Let’s talk about front end versus back end for the new programmer. This email says, “Hey John, I just discovered your videos about a week back and I really find your channel useful. Perhaps you could help me with a dilemma of mine? I’ve been really interested in coding for sometime now and shows like Silicon Valley have pushed me in this direction.” I haven’t seen that show, but I heard that it’s pretty interesting. I don’t watch TV. “I wanted to know whether it’s better for a programmer to specialize in either front end or back end programming or they should know a bit of both. I didn’t really understand the difference and have been jumping between Python and HTML for sometime only to properly start HTML again. I’m wondering, is there any demand for front end developers especially with the rise of websites like Wix and Squarespace.
Should I jump back to Python or continue on my path and check out the backend layer of my career? Much appreciated, John.” There’s confusion about what is front end and back end. I have a definition of it. To me, front end development is working on the user interface and the UI type of code that goes with that and back end is anything that’s not seen by the user or whatever it be, what happens, the business logic that happens after someone clicks a button, submits a form, all that stuff connecting with a database.
You need to know some server side language to be able to—it could be Python, it could be ASP.NET, C# framework, whatever you want. It could be node. Then you need to be able to connect to database and get data, insert data because if you have that basic knowledge then you’re really useful. Now, again, some people would say, “Wait a minute John, are you saying being a full stack developer? Are you saying don’t specialize?” No. I’m saying that you’re not going to be an expert in all of those areas but you have to have functional knowledge. If you can build an application, that is a valuable skill because you’re not going to get stuck.
You’re going to be able to fit in and help out and understand what’s going on in the system. A lot of times when you’re working as a software developer problems happen upstream that have to be traced downstream. If you’re like, “Well, I don’t know shit when it comes to the database” well you’re not going to be very useful on the team. You can’t just throw your hands up and say, “Oh, I don’t touch database stuff.
I’m a front end developer. I don’t touch any of that back end stuff.” You’re not going to be so useful. You see what I’m saying? I would—pick what you want. you could specialize. If you’re not particularly good at design, I did a video on do you have to be a designer to do development. I’ve done some videos on that. if you’re not particularly good at design, you don’t like design and front end, it’s probably going to be a little bit painful. You might be able to hack the code, except you’re going to look at what you’re creating like me and you’re going to be like, “That looks like shit.” That’s what I do when I do front end developing, so I prefer back end development.
I can write an algorithm and figure out how to design the architecture, the back end of a system and make this whole framework and stuff like that. I enjoy that. That’s kind of—decide what you want to do and specialize into one of those areas. Pick a specialty within that. it’s not just your structure that can’t be front end or back end but you want to pick something niched down.
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