Learning a New Language

Published: 01/25/2018

In high school, I took two years of Spanish. At the time, I wasn't specifically interested in Spanish, but everyone told me that taking language classes would help me get into college. It didn't really stick. Over the course of the next several years, I majored in linguistics and dabbled in a handful of languages, including Arabic, Old English, German, Finnish and Portuguese.

In some of these languages, I only remember a single phrase. In others, I can pick out several words and maybe catch a phrase here or there in a conversation. In one language, German, I can hold my own in conversation.

At the same time, I've also dabbled in a handful of computer languages. But in fact, your everyday run-of-the-mill website employs a handful of computer languages all on its own. Most websites use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, at the very least. Here's a bit about what each of these languages is doing:

HTML - HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML tells your browser how to interpret the text it's being given. It's mostly about structure, defining paragraphs, headers, links, videos, etc. In fact, you can build a webpage that uses HTML and neither of the other languages I mentioned.

CSS - CSS is a stylesheet language. It has everything to do with what a website looks like. Colors, fonts, even some animations can now be defined by CSS.

JavaScript - JavaScript is a programming language. With JavaScript you can now do pretty much anything you can think of with a webpage. You can switch out images. You can get information from the server and update it in real time. The possibilities are endless!

These three languages are known as the three core technologies of client-side Web programming, and each is a different type of language: markup language, stylesheet language, programming language. That doesn't even include the languages used on the backend of a site, like the other programming languages that are used for creating, such as PHP, which is often a query language, or SQL, which is employed if the website has a database backend (as well as various other types of languages that keep the server itself up and running).

The nice thing is that one can dabble in programming languages just as easily as one can dabble in human languages. The Internet is built on theses languages, and it gives one access to all kinds of tutorials on the same languages and many more.

Our amazing Development Team at Business Promotion is ready to help you build your website and understand which programming languages are used and how it works. Give us a call at 866.664.5216 today to learn more!

Author: Piper Armstrong
Position: Front End Developer

Piper Armstrong graduated with a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University, but she didn't let that stop her from learning the useful skill of Web development. When she drags herself out of bed early enough, she likes to go running in the hills around her house. Her hobbies include reading, writing, volleyball and more Web development. She is adamant about getting eight hours of sleep a night and lives almost exclusively on string cheese, popsicles and diet soda.

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