Why do you teach JavaScript over other languages?

JavaScript is a great choice for your first programming language. Here's why why teach it over other languages in our bootcamps.

JavaScript is at the heart of what we teach in our full-time and part-time web development bootcamps, and with good reason. Many good reasons, in fact!

What Is JavaScript?

Simply put, JavaScript makes websites interactive. 

Every time a web page does more than just sit there and display static information for you to look at — displaying timely content updates, interactive maps, animated 2D/3D graphics, scrolling video jukeboxes, etc. — you can bet that JavaScript is probably involved.

- Mozilla

JavaScript goes hand in hand with HTML and CSS:

HTML defines the content and structure of a website like headings or paragraphs, and it also embeds images and video.

CSS styles that HTML content by setting colors, fonts and columns. With CSS you can make these changes across all the pages of a site at once.

JavaScript is the star of the show, allowing you to create content that updates dynamically. Animated images, content updates, drop-down menus and interactive maps can all be powered with JavaScript.

JavaScript Is Popular

For the eighth year in a row, JavaScript has maintained its stronghold as the most commonly used programming language, according to Stack Overflow's 2020 Developer Survey. It also ranks on their list of top-paying technologies.

JavaScript Is Everywhere

JavaScript is everywhere, powering the sites you visit and quite probably the browser you're viewing this article on. It also powers smart TVs and cross-platform desktop apps and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

JavaScript is Great For Beginners

JavaScript is a great fit for beginning programmers, and you can see the results of your efforts with less code that other languages. And learning JavaScript sets you up for success in learning other languages—once you understand how JavaScript, you'll be capable of learning other languages as well.

JavaScript Debuggers Are Built In

All modern browsers have a built-in JavaScript debugger, so you can get instant feedback and learn more quickly.

JavaScript Is Versatile

You can use JavaScript for the parts of websites and apps that you can see, and those you can't, making it incredibly versatile. You can code on the front end (also known as the client side) with Angular, and on the server-side (backend) using Node.js.

You can even use JavaScript on mobile devices, thanks to React Native and Ionic, and on desktop with Electron.

What Else Is in the DigitalCrafts Curriculum?

Check out our full-time and part-time web development programs for a high-level overview of what we teach.

You can also download our curriculum packet to get a closer look at what we teach and what life is like as a DigitalCrafts student, along with tuition payment options and how we help you prepare for the job search.