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General Discussion

Donghyeok Yun
Donghyeok Yun
4,514 Points

What is the point of learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript and more..... ?

Now, a day we have WordPress, Adobe Muse, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WIX, and more sites where you could create web sites not using a single line of code and those things are becoming more and more popular. Then, what is the point of learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript? Is this why the web development field is too competitive? Do you guys think that Web Development can survive next few years and be a job that pays you well and treat you well (such as insurance coverage and more) like how it did in the year 2013 ~ 2016 (I just guessed that)

1 Answer

All of those technologies that you listed are used for making very simple static websites. But they tend to be very slow, and like I said. are very simple. When a business needs something more complex or more customized, those technologies are rarely able to provide everything that you need. In order to have complete control of the website and make it exactly the way someone might want it, you have to know html css and javascript.

Plus, imagine someone wanted to make a web app such as a social media site or something that needed to pull data from a large database of some kind. You would need a lot of backend knowledge in order to make those things work, and Photoshop and Wordpress are not gonna help you. So, to answer your question, yes web development will absolutely survive the next few years and many years to come. It's not going anywhere. Especially with the advent of Progressive Web Apps and JavaScript being used not just on the server, but in robots and other devices as well. It's an exciting time to be a web developer!

Kevin Korte
Kevin Korte
28,109 Points

If I could upvote this, I would.

I agree. There are two types of websites out there. There are the very simplistic, mom and pop shop, simple "who, what, where" we are type websites, in which case, Muse, Wix, Squarespace, etc are filling that gap. That is a very competitive market, and one I have no interest in.

Than there are the rest, which are more web app type websites, that a cookie cutter website builder can make you.

Plus, you can even make desktop software with html, css, and js....what!?


Check that out, and tell me it's worth learning these 3 languages. Web developers are growing in demand, and there is nothing to indicate it's slowing down. That's why I'm here, companies are starting to get very aggressive with their salaries and their benefit offerings because there is such a shortage in the industry for quality developers.