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Web back-end development: where to start?

When it comes to working in the technology field, there are several possible paths. Even within each segment of the tech world, you still find plenty of options.

And it is no different for those who want to work with back-end development, after all, there are different programming languages, frameworks and libraries that are used in building the bones of a website.

Even with some choices to be made, there are some initial steps that are essential for anyone starting the journey as a backend developer. Check it out:


First: learning programming logic

Did you know that programming logic is essential to any developer? That’s right! This is knowledge that will help you understand the meaning behind a system and allow you to “communicate” with it in order to ensure the results you want.

In fact, this knowledge is useful in learning any programming language, understanding any framework and the systems with which you are going to work. Therefore, it is worth starting your career as back-end developer this way.


What is the best language for backend development?

It depends on what your goals are. Researching the job market helps a lot when deciding which is the best language to learn first. At this point, you can find out important information, such as: level of demand, leading companies working with this language, and expected salary.

In addition to information on sites such as Glassdoor, technology news portals, LinkedIn and Google itself, you can check out some famous surveys that have been done with the aim of identifying the main market trends. Two of them are this, which was made by GitHub, and this, made by JetBrains, a company especially known for creating the Kotlin language, among other feats.

Another great alternative is to overcome the fear of asking questions and talk to developers who already work in the market. This way, you can have an even more realistic and current perspective. Nothing better than a good chat, right?

Currently, the main backend programming languages are:

  • Java
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • Python

In addition to choosing a language to start with, there are two other things that should enter the study list of those who want to become a web back-end developer: HTML and CSS. Yes, both are widely used in front-end development. By knowing the basics, you will have a much easier time exchanging ideas with the professional who will develop front-end.


The studying does not end here!

In addition to programming languages, the study journey to become a back-end developer also involves learning about other things, such as servers, APIs, databases, scalability and security. This is because these issues are part of the routine behind the scenes of any development project, be it web, mobile or desktop.

The server, for example, is a system that provides services to a computer network, which can be on a computer or in software. That is, it has a fundamental role in development, as well as the many other concepts that we have commented on. However, you don’t have to worry about learning everything at once, ok?


After all, what do I need to be a back-end developer?

In summary, these are the main skills you will need to start your career:

  • knowledge of frameworks and programming languages for back-end development;
  • understanding of how to build applications following good practices and recommendations at the architectural level and data security;
  • be able to manipulate databases of different types and purposes, as well as know how to integrate them with your applications;
  • be able to analyze information, crash reports, and data from websites;

It is worth repeating that you do not need to learn all this at once to enter the technology field. These concepts, languages and systems can be inserted little by little in your studies. With a good introduction, things will fall into place, you will see. The most important thing is to start studying at your own pace and according to the time you have available.

To help in this mission of working with backend development in the future, there are different quality basic courses available on the internet that can guide you in this beginning.

In the Code Academy catalog, for example, you can find a 4-month course, set up especially for those who want to work with back-end engineering. If you prefer to advance at a less intense pace, this free course of Fundamentals of Programming Logic it can also be a good starting point.


Hands-on: practice what you’ve learned

Back-end development takes pratice!

From day one, it’s super important to practice and record your learning with exercises and projects of your own. You can start building a portfolio in GitHub to record your work and experiments, so you can use them as a future reference of how far you have advanced. As this portfolio takes shape, you can even include it on your resume or LinkedIn. Pretty neat, right?

We hope our tips will help you take the first steps! Now that you are starting your journey, how about taking advantage and signing up to receive our opportunities first hand? Your first experience in the back-end development it could be here on Venturus.

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