We have combined our professional experiences as software engineers with many observations of technology trends in the software industry to choose specific languages and skills which are in high and increasing demand and also very accessible from a learning perspective.
Our observations of industry trends largely come from several sources:
Feel free to look at these in detail and draw your own conclusions. We think our choices represent the best combination of in-demand skills which are easily learnable for someone with no prior coding experience.
Based on these observations, our curriculum teaches fullstack TypeScript, React, and NodeJS.
React is a tool which allows developers to quickly and efficiently build complex interfaces and frontend applications. React was open sourced by Facebook several years ago and has exploded in adoption, now becoming the dominant framework for building user interfaces.
React is an excellent starting point for learning frontend development and will give you many job opportunities. The site you are looking at right now, for instance, is built with React.
React hiring trends data, source.
And, of course drawing on our first trend, these applications will be increasingly written in TypeScript.
NodeJS growing in popularity, source.
Fullstack refers to developing applications across the entire stack: frontend and backend. Frontend development refers to building user interfaces, the client applications which people actually interact with. Backend development refers to building servers and databases which support these UIs.
In the world of software development, it is becoming increasingly useful to understand the "full stack" of application development, although many developers do end up specializing in a specific area.
In terms of learning and getting your first job, it is especially advantageous to have frontend and backend skills: this will make you more marketable to employers and give you a better idea of which area you enjoy more which can guide your job search and professional development.
Fullstack developers are the most common job type, source.
The core of the curriculum teaches Fullstack TypeScript development, specializing in React and NodeJS. However, you will learn a variety of software engineering skills which will prove useful throughout an entire career.
For instance, you will learn how software engineers develop software and work in teams using tools like Git (version control). You will learn about common development practices like sprints, agile workflow, kanban, scrum, etc.
You will learn a bit about developing mobile applications using React Native, which will expand your skill-set and knowledge base.
You will learn how software applications are tested and deployed. You will learn common testing practices and how CI/CD works, and the basics of common cloud providers like AWS and GCP. These are all important professional skills which most people only learn in the context of a job.
Finally, you will build up a portfolio of real world projects during this learning process which will give you a strong showcase of your skills to present to future employers!