Which Web Development Course is Right for You?
We offer a variety of individual courses and certificate programs in front-end, back-end, and full-stack development. Which course or certificate program is right for you?
Front-End Web Development
HTML, which stands for HyperText Markup Language, is often the first language that developers learn. It allows them to add content such as text, images, forms, and more to webpage. HTML creates the content and structure/outline of the page. Developers supplement HTML with CSS to refine the appearance of the content and the overall layout. Together, HTML and CSS make up the majority of the user interface.
CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is learned alongside HTML because the two work seamlessly together. With CSS, we can make global changes to a website’s look. We can style color, font, border, position, shape, and even create simple animations. We can change individual elements (such as a single line of text), multiple elements (such as all headers at the same time), or we can pick and choose which things to manipulate by assigning classes and IDs to things that we create in HTML.
Bootstrap is the most popular front-end library, which exists to make your life as a developer a bit easier. You can decide which parts you want to use, from its grid (which makes laying out a page faster) to its many pre-made components (navigation bars, slideshows, buttons, popups, and more).
Bootstrap allows you to create/use themes for controlling how the pre-made elements look. This way you can quickly start off with the default appearance, and then customize it later if you want.
Git & GitHub
Git for web applications is like Google Drive for essays. As you change a document or a file, the changes are tracked, the previous versions are stored, and you can collaborate with others by giving them access to your repository.
While Git facilitates collaboration and keeping a history of your code changes, its indispensable for professional use, too. Your GitHub profile is one of the first things that recruiters and employers will look at when trying to learn more about you as a developer. They can see how and with whom you work, how you organize your files, whether you include clear and relevant comments in your code, how often you program, and so on. They can even look at live versions of your applications.
Many new developers are intimidated by Git because it involves using the Terminal, or the command line. However, most people find that using Git is the best introduction to the Terminal! Once you understand the workflow, you usually only need to use a few commands so you can be up and running quickly.
Git is covered in all of our web development certificate programs.
Which front-end class or certificate is right for you?
Committed web developers can attend our New York State approved certificates at a discount, while beginners can get started with our introductory courses. We also offer a variety of courses for aspiring designers that do not involve or require any coding.
With extensive course offerings (from 1-day courses to entire certificate programs) and flexible scheduling, we are confident that you will find a course that is the right fit for you.
Front-End Certificate Programs
Our Web Design Certificate expands on the front-end by adding classes in Photoshop for Web Design & UI to layout webpages and optimize graphics, and HTML Email to apply HTML & CSS concepts for creating beautiful marketing emails.
Both of these programs are offered at a discounted rate (as opposed to taking the courses individually) and participants who complete the programs earn a certificate approved by New York State.
We offer full-time options weekdays, as well as part-time programs on weeknights or Saturdays. All our certificate programs allow attendees to retake any course in the program for free within six months. Step-by-step workbooks are included for use during and after the classes.
If you want to try coding with an introductory course, start with our Intro to Web Development class. You’ll learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS so that you can create visually appealing multi-page websites from scratch. No prior coding experience is required.
You can start with our shorter courses and bootcamps and earn a certificate over time.
Web Design Classes for Designers
If you are strictly interested in designing website interfaces (but not programming them), you should attend our web and visual design classes. We offer both introductory and advanced courses in Sketch, where you will learn to design and lay out webpages. We also offer a range of UX design courses for aspiring user experience designers.
Back-End Web Development
Now, if only they could register as a user, make a profile, like and comment on blog posts, and make contributions of their own. Without this type of functionality, your website is not dynamic; it simply exists for users to view. In other words, they can look, but they can’t touch.
Their interactions with your app or website will not be saved unless we find a way to store the user’s information in a database. Otherwise, every time you reload the page, you are back to square one. This is where back end development comes in. The back end is invisible to the user. We know it’s there, and we know it’s working, but we can’t see it happening.
Ruby & Ruby on Rails
Ruby is a general-purpose programming language that facilitates object-oriented programming. It is a back-end language that is often used alongside Rails. Ruby on Rails is a web-development framework that is both implemented in Ruby and dependent on Ruby. The popularity of Rails ultimately lead to the rise of Ruby as a back-end programming language.
Rails makes working with Ruby much more intuitive; it simplifies repetitive tasks and helps you build complex web applications without complex code. Our Ruby on Rails course in New York covers both Ruby and Rails, and offers a comprehensive curriculum with practical lessons that you can put into practice immediately.
Python & Flask
Python is one of the easier languages for beginning developers to learn. It is the most commonly taught programming language in high school and university-level computer science courses—and for a good reason. It has a simple syntax, and is relatively easy to learn and use.
But Python is not just for beginners; some of the most complex applications have been written in Python. Think Google, Instagram, Reddit, and YouTube. It is a powerful and versatile programming language that can be used for almost anything: back-end programming, data science, automation, and other specialized computing.
Another benefit of learning Python is that it is one of the most popular languages. This means that there is ample documentation for beginners and experts alike, as well as a large community of Python developers who are ready and willing to help when you encounter a tricky line of code.
Flask is a microframework for Python that gives you the things needed to build web applications. Pinterest and LinkedIn, for example, use Flask. We cover Flask in our Python courses.
Our Python courses are just as versatile as the language itself. Our Python for Web Development Bootcamp explores Flask in-depth to build dynamic websites. We also offer other Python courses, including Python for Data Science bootcamp.
PHP & MySQL
PHP is the web’s most popular server-side scripting language. Some of the biggest and most popular websites, such as Facebook, Wikipedia, Baidu, and Tumblr run on PHP. It is fast, free, stable, and full of advanced features.
PHP can help bring your website to life, changing it from a static HTML-only experience to a two-way interactive user experience. PHP is the backbone of many web-related activities that we take for granted, such as handling form submissions, powering e-commerce transactions, and interacting with a database.
PHP is almost always paired with MySQL, an open-source database that is unrivaled in popularity. This is why our course covers PHP and MySQL together.
Many of the most popular content management systems, such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, are written in PHP. Understanding this language will make it easier for you to understand how these CMSs work, and will help you customize them so that they can better fit your needs.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows users to create websites without having to code them. WordPress is the most popular CMS; around 33% of all websites are powered by WordPress. Its ease of use and user-friendly interface make it popular among non-programmers, as they can create visually appealing websites full of text, images, and embedded media. WordPress runs on PHP, a back-end language that is used in a variety of applications.
One of the biggest benefits of using WordPress is that you can create and customize a website for a client, but then pass it off to the client so that they can update the content on their own.
While you can create a functional website on WordPress using the built-in features and the expansive library of plug-ins, there are limits to how much you can customize unless you input your own code. In our WordPress course, we’ll take you through the process of installing WordPress, modifying existing themes, and creating your own custom themes. You don’t need to know PHP to take this course, but you should be comfortable with HTML and CSS.
Front End + Back End = Full Stack Development
Full stack developers are proficient at programming the front end and the back end. Sometimes, full stack developers are generalists, but other times, they are former front end experts who decided to learn back end development in order to produce their own applications from start to finish. A few developers start with back end development, but the majority are at least familiar with front end languages before they dive into the back end.
Some companies might seek out full stack developers because of their versatility. One person can accomplish multiple tasks, manage several projects at once, and take control over the projects from beginning to end.
On the other hand, some companies sometimes prefer to have a front end developer who is an expert, and a back end developer who is an expert. This way, each developer can hone in and focus on just one portion of the website or application. Some people are hired just do work in a single language on a single part of an application! For example, a company might hire a Ruby developer and leave the rest of the development to other members of the team.
Interested in full-stack web development? Our full-stack certificate program encompasses both front-end and back-end development.
Should I learn front-end, back-end, or full-stack development?
All web developers need to know at least some HTML and CSS, so you should start learning front-end. Those are easier to learn than back-end, so it’s a good place to start. If you like to focus on the appearance and interactivity of a webpage, front-end is what you should focus on.
After learning front-end, you can learn back-end technologies depending on your needs. If you like creating website functionality, programming how things work, and the logic behind the scenes, then back-end is what you should focus on, and in particular Ruby on Rails. If you know both front and back-end, that makes you a full-stack developer.
Designers and developers who will be creating content oriented website are often best served by learning WordPress. You can learn to create or customize WordPress themes, experiment with back-end development, databasing, and more in our Web Design with WordPress and PHP certificate program.
Front-end developers spend the majority of their time working on the portion of an application that a user sees and interacts with. This is a great option for those who have a keen eye for detail, and who enjoy watching their creations unfold before their eyes.
Some front-end developers participate in an application’s design, but others are given a wireframe (like a blueprint, but often very precise) to follow. It takes the guesswork out of programming and makes the end goal very clear.
If you enjoy working with databases, security, and don’t want to focus on the visual appearance/layout of the page, back-end development might be a great fit for you.