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Learn front end or backend first?
I've been online learning web development for a couple months now, even built some sites for some friends. Launched a startup and hired some developers and designers. I like what they do and I want to be well rounded and be pretty proficient in backend and front end. RoR is my choice for backened. Now what do you guys suppose I tackle first. I'm familiar with the basics for both.
Joe HirstCourses Plus Student 6,489 Points
Everything I know about web design has been "self taught" I presume you are self taught and are learning more on treehouse?
I became a member of treehouse to further my own learning for every aspect of web design.
I would suggest learning things that you find to be more interesting and adding in a mix of the less interesting topics that coincide with each other. This should stop you from burning out after all the fun stuff.
Does your business have a higher demand for front end or back end development? Maybe focus on an area that you can apply on a daily basis to help gain real world experience, then take the time to learn the rest?
Hope that this is of some use.
Ben JakubenTreehouse Teacher
Good reply by Joseph. I really enjoy both sides and think his advice about following what's interesting to you is spot on.
One thing I'd mention about the back end is that knowing/building a service-oriented architecture will help with apps and other interfaces, too.
I read somewhere that instead if learning something specific, build something with it. Just as much to know a language as to where it fits with its counterparts.
Your customer wont ask you to write 500 lines of code. They will ask you to build a site that does something for their customers.
I definitely think that everyone should be able to write HTML and know their way around CSS. I think what I am finding out for myself is that it is difficult time-wise to master everything, so you are going to pick what you are naturally drawn to. If you're already doing Ruby on Rails, I'd say you're off to a great start. Many people say that front-end and back-end thought processes are different, at least that's what I hear. As time goes by, you'll see what you're more adept at.