Learn Web Development: Algorithms & Data Structures


Hey, what’s up? John Sonmez here from simpleprogrammer.com. Hey, I just wanted to give a quick thanks
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Programmer. I got a question about algorithms and data
structures in web development. This is as popular topic. You can check out all the videos I’ve done
on algorithms and data structures and learning algorithms here. I should have a playlist for that. This question is from Vinny and he says, “Hi
John, I would like to start off by saying your content is incredible. Your work is much appreciated. Now, my question (and I’m sure is a question
many developers ask) is: How important is it for a web developer to know data structures
and algorithms? If they are important, how are they used mostly? Thanks, Vinny.” I’ll be totally honest here. As a web developer needing to know algorithms
and data structures, the need for it is not as high as if you’re a backend developer. If you’re not sure what a backend developer
is or what a frontend developer is you can check out the video here I have on what is
a backend developer. It doesn’t mean that you don’t need to know
it and it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to help you at all. Let’s think about this for a little bit here. If you’re working mostly as a web developer
and mostly on the frontend, what you’re going to be doing is a lot of stuff with the user
interface. You’re going to be creating a lot of controls
and the visual aspect of it and not maybe crunching data as much, but that doesn’t mean
that you’re never going to do something that requires an algorithm or data structure. The thing is like if you think about it, algorithms
and data structures it’s like having a really good toolbox with a lot of tools in it. Now, you might be able to get by with just
a hammer and a screwdriver and a few things. You might be able to figure out how you can
use nails and hammer and screwdriver and screws for just about anything that you need, but
it’s not going to be the best and it’s not going to be the most efficient thing. As a web developer, yeah, you might not need
a complicated toolbox, but if you have those things, if you have that, you’re going to
have more possibilities. You’re going to have more things—and here’s
the other thing is that, like I said, as a web developer, you might not need this stuff
and you might see ways that you can use your existing tools and what you know, but until
you understand this stuff, until you actually take a study and you really understand data
structures and algorithms you’re not even going to see the opportunities where you could
use them. You’re going to be a little bit naïve. As a web developer not knowing this stuff
you might be getting by on your job and you might be doing just fine, but you don’t know
what you’re missing. This is one of those unknown unknowns because
you don’t—once you see things differently because you have that ability then everything—they
always say that when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. That’s sort of the mentality that you can
get into when you don’t have this larger repertoire of skills in software development. I would basically say this, if you’re starting
out, if you want to get into web development, maybe don’t worry too much about the algorithms
and data structures. You don’t have to have necessarily a really,
really solid computer science background. This is where the web—the bootcamps come
into play. A lto of developers go through bootcamps and
then a lot of senior developers or experienced developers say, “Oh the bullcamps—” the
bullcamps, they call them bullcamps, right? “The bootcamps are bullshit because you’re
not actually learning the real software development computer science stuff. You’re not actually learning how to create
algorithms and data structures and all the fundamental stuff. You’re just learning how to do the web development
part of it which is not—you’re not a real programmer.” Not true, okay? But you can’t stop there. It’s a great boost. It’s a great starting point if you can go
through a bootcamp, if you can get enough knowledge and experience to actually start
working in the field, but then you’re not done. Now you go back and now you learn the data
structures. Now you learn the algorithms. Now you learn this kind of stuff that is going
to make you better and give you a deeper more thorough understanding and knowledge of your
field. Now this toolbox you’re going to know how
to use it. I think a lot of developers that go through
college, one of the problems that I see is that they learn data structures and algorithms
or they sort of learn them. They get through the test and then by the
time they get into the real world they’ve forgotten most of that stuff because they
haven’t seen how to actually use it. If I show you how to use a bunch of tools,
if I pull out this—someone who’s a real good woodworker and I pull out their toolbox
and I show you the lathe and all the stuff and I show you how to use all that stuff just
in a demonstration, but you’re not actually building anything of real use with it it’s
not going to stick and it’s not going to be useful to you, right, when you start doing
some simple stuff. If you’re already working, if you’re already
working as woodworker or something like that and now I introduce some tools to you and
I show you how you can use these tools to make your job easier, wow, that’s going to
stick with you. It’s going to make a lot of sense. You’re going to understand that stuff and
it’s going to be more valuable to you. It’s really about expanding your abilities
and being able to see problems better through the lens of someone who has the capability,
who has the toolbox that’s going to allow them to be more effective. That’s what you’ve got to think about. I’ll just basically say this, I’ll end with
this and I’ll say, “Look, if you’re a web developer currently, you should probably invest
some time in learning data structures and algorithms. If you’re not a web developer currently and
you want to become one, don’t worry about that stuff for now unless you need it for
an interview, but get your web development skills. Start working, start actually building stuff
and then start learning some of these data structures and algorithms and you’re going
to see how you can use them and that’s going to benefit you. All right, I hope that helps you. If it did, go ahead and click that subscribe
button below. I do about 2 to 3 videos a day. If you have a question you’d like me to answer
you can email me at [email protected] and I’ll talk to you next time. Take care.

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