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28 July 2021

The Non-Developer’s Cheat Sheets

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There are approximately 700 programming languages out there, which include esoteric coding languages that only a few specialized developers use for specific commands. Out of these 700, 245 are notable coding languages, which still is an impressive number. The number is still growing as new languages and technologies are developed. Given that it is very hard for us developers to remember each and every coding language and at times it is easier and faster to simply turn to the internet to find answers than to test out our own solutions. For those who have just started, or are thinking of starting a career in web development, coding may seem very tricky, and in a way it is, because at times some solutions work and some don’t. Starting out every developer wants to get their code right in their first try, some are lucky enough to actually accomplish that but at times some aren’t.  Even experienced developers working in teams at times need to look up certain commands and languages, especially when editing others' code. So it is important to know that as a programmer you’re going to be relying on different resources and guides to help you find solutions to common glitches and it is okay to take help from that, we all do it. 

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Below is a list of cheat sheets that you can use for different programming categories, i.e, front-end, back-end and data centric. These cheat sheets will help you code faster and code better, with few mistakes ahead. 

Front-End Cheat Sheets

Front-end programming basically includes the development of all the features that the client or user interacts with. This includes buttons, fonts, switches, images and every other element of a website or application the user can see, tap or click. The most popular front-end coding languages that most developers use are HTML,CSS and JavaScript. Front-end languages help you achieve the right look and feel of your website or application. Because the front-end is basically concerned with the client side of the website or app, developers need to integrate the latest trends that clients want and at times come up with new coding methods to introduce innovative features for clients. Here are some of the most useful cheat sheets and reference guides for new and experienced developers: 

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Back-End Cheat Sheets

Back-end programming basically controls how a website or application actually operates. Developers use back-end programming to figure out the best way an application or website communicates back to the server and decides how the user data is collected and stored. This is also called server side programming and includes languages like, Python, PHP, Ruby and C++. In our experience we have noticed that it is easier to begin with front-end development and then move to the back-end because in the back end, programmers have to generate the logic that controls the way the whole site functions and to do that efficiently one must first understand how the front-end works. In teams, developers from the front-end and the back-end usually interact with one another and work to solve problems and find solutions collectively. Here is a list of some of the more common back-end programming languages cheat sheets that you can use to easily and quickly troubleshoot issues and help you hone your back-end programming skills:

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Data Centric Programming Languages

For a website or application to function, it needs to have a server that helps it operate. This server, also called a database, stores all the information and data of a website or application. Other than that, programming languages aren’t only used to make websites and applications or softwares, they are also used to create data warehouses for companies that are looking to capture customer data. Most websites capture customer data and further analyze that data to better understand the customer. In today's world, knowledge is power and information is valuable. Knowing what individuals want and what their specific requirements are, helps companies better market their products to the right customer, hence the need to collect and store data. Some of the most popular data centric programming languages are SQL, R and MATLAB. The following is a list of cheat sheets you can use if you are working or are thinking of working with tables and probabilities:

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Conclusion 

The web development world is an ever changing field, where new technological innovations lead to the creation of new languages and procedures, for that it is essential that one keeps up with the latest trends. One way of doing so is to keep on learning from some expert developers on social media. As a developer you’ll never get bored, because you'll constantly have to learn new tools and apply innovative techniques along the way. It is important to keep an open mind and remember that it is never a bad thing to take shortcuts, because in the web development world, their are a number of possible ways to solve a problem and achieve a solution, so if you get the chance to take a shortcut and speed up your work then do that and don’t look back. 

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