Best Web Technologies to Use

In the 21st century, web development is one of the fastest growing industries. As a result of this, more languages and frameworks have been introduced in order to make developing easier, faster, and more productive. Today, there is the MEAN stack, PHP, Microsoft’s .net, Python, etc. Although any language or framework can create the website that you want, here are my top three languages to create the most optimal website.

  1. The Mean Stack: For those who love to use JavaScript, this is one of the best technologies to use out there. It is completely JavaScript based from the ground up. It is designed so that developers can make single-page apps easily, meaning it uses your resources more efficiently. Not only is it efficient, but it is extremely secure. First of all, NodeJS hides all important code that access the database; thus, it is difficult to reach vital information. In addition, since MongoDB is a NoSQL structured database, every database is structured differently and the queries can sometimes be quite complex people trying to access the database from the outside. Finally, ExpressJS secures data transferred by users because it uses “http” and “https” requests. The best time to use the MEAN stack is when you plan on creating large scale applications (example: creating the next big social media website). It is one of the most efficient and secure technologies out there today. The downside to learning the MEAN stack is that it can sometimes be quite complex for new users to learn.
  2. Firebase: Recently acquired by Google, Firebase is my go to for creating websites that do not need to complex of a backend. Firebase is a backend-as-a-service, meaning it provides easy file and content storage without the struggle of normal databases. It also provides easy to integrate user authentication and analytics. As a result, it makes writing code for database/back-end web development significantly easier. The only downside to using Firebase is that it is a separate entity from your hosting and it can get quite costly if you want more than what the the free plan provides.
  3. Python: It is one of the biggest growing languages since it has a lot of practical purposes. Python is great when you need to integrate APIs (such as Twitter or PayPal) or when there are lots of heavy calculations. To give you an example of this, one website I created a while ago — The Electoral Roast uses Python to read post data about different presidential candidates and determine whether it is a positive, negative, or neutral post. To see it: go to The downside to learning Python is that in order to connect to a database easily (note: you can connect to a database with just Python), you need to learn another language; however, the point of Python is take existing frameworks and make it significantly more efficient.

Although these are my top three choices, there are so many different languages and frameworks that you can use. PHP used to be my go-to language for back-end development because it is easy to store and retrieve data. There are other languages too that people use such as Ruby and Perl. Take a look around, see what you like, and find what best fits for you. What works for me, may not be what is best for your needs. I hope you found this helpful, and good luck!

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