The relational database is probably the least-sexy technology listed here, but storing and recalling data is critical functionality for most applications. And even though the syntax for communicating with databases is littered with arcane, all-caps demands, it's possible to build entire working applications out of INSERTs and ORDER BYs. Is it smart to? Maybe not. But it'll sure troll anyone trying to mess with your system.
Ruby On Rails
Ruby on Rails provided the skeleton for the first version of Twitter, and it still happily renders views for Airbnb, GitHub, and Hulu. It's an application development framework notable for popularizing model-view-controller software architecture on the web, which provided late-'00s web developers with a sensible way of decoupling functionality from data and presentation. (And it's totally OK if that all sounds like gibberish to you. That's what this program is for, dawg.) Still widely used today, Rails has magic scaffolding that writes most of your code for you, and the Ruby language underneath reads like elegant cyborg poetry.
Anyone with the slightest interest in data science should choose Python for their first hot fling with code. With its highly readable syntax and mature libraries for crunching and visualizing torrents of numbers, Python will quickly slither into your mind and lay eggs in your heart, much like a literal python . It's a powerful, general-purpose language that's used for web development, scripting 3D animations, and artificial intelligence.
While using this to make a homemade Facebook clone populated by fictional characters won't be the worst piece of net art ever made, it definitely won't get you $500,000 from Peter Thiel. So why is it useful to learn social networks? Because you'll definitely be able to parlay your knowledge of user authentication, data validation, and database communication into a lucrative role at a real social network, like Facebook.
Writing code without version control is like scribbling over your typos with ink instead of whiteout. You might be able to keep a vague working understanding of everything on the page right now, but you'll be completely lost in a day or two. And god help anyone who has to edit your grubby, chicken-scratched page. Git keeps track of changes to your code and lets you jump back to a working state when everything inevitably goes to poop.
Did that seem like a lot? Well, it was. But that's the beauty of the tech industry. There's a lot going on, which might seem daunting on the one hand -- but on the other hand, it means you'll never run out of things to learn or areas to master. You could easily need to know one skill above for one job, and a totally different skill for the next job. Which is why you should start learning about all of it now with the Complete Learn to Code Bonus Bundle. This collection includes the following courses:
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