The web development world has evolved and many technologies have emerged. The number of web developers has also increased over the years. Building a website is no longer a job for a super skilled tech specialist. With the right tools and with the help of a few tutorials, even a kid can build a simple website. On the other hand, some websites are quite complicated to build. Unlike simple, one-page sites or even blogs, online stores or marketplaces can be extremely complicated and comprehensive. Thus, building such a website is far from ‘piece of cake’.
Where to Start: JS and Alternatives
The main competitors in the back-end are primarily Ruby (on Rails), .NET (ASP), PHP (Laravel), Python (Django) and Java. Each of them has its own advantages. So, PHP is in the core of the world’s major content management systems (CMS), including WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. But it’s hard to name a really large popular project built in this language.
On the contrary, many large and popular resources work on Ruby on Rails and Python Django. You can find GitHub, Shopify, Basecamp, and Airbnb in this list. Node.js, despite the relative youth of the framework, managed to lure some large Ruby on Rails users to its side. Companies like Netflix, Linkedin, Uber, and PayPal use Node.js.
On the other hand, using native languages for iOS or Android also has its advantages. In the native development environment, there is direct access to all APIs and platform functionality without additional restrictions or dependencies. Android Studio or xCode also make it possible to use many third-party libraries, and all available languages are strongly typed, which leads to fewer errors. Finally, in the long run, it’s better to still use your native language and development environment.
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