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Used by web and app developers alike, JavaScript, or JS for short, is a versatile programming language. JS complements the structure and style that HTML and CSS provide to a website.

In fact, without JavaScript, many of the interactive features on websites today wouldn’t be possible. Features like navigation menus and images that transform their styles when you begin to scroll down a page.

Why Learn JavaScript? Web developer, app developer, full-stack developer

Why Learn JavaScript?

JavaScript is an essential tool in any front-end developers toolbox. However, it’s also used to code many other things today which are especially relevant, including native mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Because of this versatility, JS has reigned as the top programming language in the annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey for five consecutive years.

And while JS certainly isn’t the best language for everything, we’ve seen first-hand how it can be a gateway to just about any path to pursue a career as a web developer.

Here’s just a few examples of the surprising things you can build with some JavaScript know-how:

1.Desktop Applications

Slack Desktop Applications -3 Surprising Reasons for Learning to Code with Javascript

First of all let’s look at desktop apps. If you’ve used the Slack desktop app, then you’ve used a native desktop application that’s powered by JavaScript. It’s powered by the open-source Electron framework, which was developed for GitHub’s Atom code editor.

Electron’s claim to fame is that if you can build a website, you can build a desktop app. And using HTML, CSS and JS for desktop apps isn’t just a novelty at GitHub and Slack either. Many other companies also use Electron for their apps too, such as and Microsoft.

2. IoT & Robotics

Did you know you can also use JavaScript to program robots?

From Arduinos to “NodeCopters”, machines can be brought to life using your JS skills.

Let’s have a look at one called Raspberry Pi in action here:

And if you’re interested in learning more about building robots with JavaScript, check out the Johnny-Five framework. This is a great tool for beginners wanting to get into robotics and IoT programming with JS.


3. Machine Learning

machine learning with javascript - learn to code

And finally, Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) which gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.

Generally the most common programming languages used in machine learning are Python and Java. However, there are a number of tools available now that allow you to train and use “neural networks” right in your browser.

Some of the most noteworthy tools relevant for doing this today is the deeplearn.js library, which was developed by the Google Brain PAIR team.

Interested in Learning Javascript?

JavaScript is covered extensively in our Web Developer, App Developer and Full-Stack Web Developer Programs. Our programs are taught by industry professionals, where you learn working on real client projects while building a professional portfolio.

Our Web & App Development classes are designed to prepare you to code websites and build web and mobile applications using the most in-demand technologies. Enter the industry with technical skills and fundamental knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, WordPress, React Native, and much more.

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