Web Design 101: Programming Languages

Have you ever wondered how websites are built or are your technical skills limited to being able to upload a picture in Facebook? If you have never designed or developed a website before, the process can be pretty intimidating. However, creating a website from scratch can be simple and easy. Learning to code is just like learning to speak a foreign language – programming language.

Programming language may seem like you are trying to learn Greek or Mandarin but as you make the effort to learn, you will be able to translate several words in due time. When a web designer is given a goal to create a website with the necessary color, font, pictures, headers and an animated cartoon character, the job of the web designer is to take the big idea and break it into smaller pieces. These pieces will be translated into instructions that a computer will understand meaning that the instructions should be proper syntax or correct order.

Every page of the website that you will visit is built through a sequence of separate instructions that are arranged one after the other. The type of browser that you are using whether it is Chrome, Firefox or Safari plays a big role in translating code into something that we see onscreen and interact with. A code without a browser is just like a text file but once it is placed on the browser it works like magic. When a web page is opened, the browser fetches the HTML and other programming languages that are involved and interprets it.

HTML and CSS are not actually programming languages but page structure and style information. It is very important for a web developer to have proper knowledge of HTML and CSS before moving on to JavaScript and other programming languages because they are used on the front end of every web page and application.

HTML used to be the only language that was available on the web for website development. Web developers then has to painstakingly code sites page by page but a lot has changed with the introduction of several programming languages like JavaScript.