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Garrett Reid
Garrett Reid
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 17,532 Points

A good time to start learning a back end language?

Hi there!

I am a Front-End Developer wanting an opinion on when it's a good time to start learning a Back-End language. I currently know HTML, CSS/Sass, and some Javascript/jQuery.

Also, I would like to know what a good starting language would be?

Thanks in advance!!! :D

3 Answers

Jon Mason
Jon Mason
13,199 Points

Depends on what you want to achieve / build? Check them out and see what fits for you! :)

Sean Walsh
Sean Walsh
8,302 Points

When to learn? If you are looking at this as a Front-End Dev, then you really don't need to know much. I have gotten by knowing only a bit of php for CMS development. If a back-end tool or language is required for your job (or a job you want) then I would make a priority of familiarizing myself with that tool or language.

If you are looking for a learning opportunity, then I would go for learning the basics of something like php as soon as you are comfortable learning it. I know this isn't a defined time period, but if you are completely overwhelmed by front-end technologies then I would say you get those down first. As soon as you feel you could use a bit of personal growth I would dive in.

I recommend php because it is very common, and because (from what I know) it is pretty simple and very similar to JS.

jason chan
jason chan
31,008 Points

javascript is a backend language? learn nodejs