Front-end developers focus on what the user sees and experiences when they use a product. They work with and take goals and designs from the product design team to build out the user experience. Specialized coursework in this track includes web, native iOS (Apple) development, native Android development, desktop, and multiple front-end development courses.
Back-end development includes the things that an end-user can’t see on an application or website, but that are essential to how it functions. Working on the “server-side” means providing the data and connections used by front-end developers, ensuring that sites perform correctly, and making sure that an application’s logic is correct. Specialized coursework includes API development, microservices and serverless, database management, data coaches, and more.
This specialized back-end development focuses on distributed ledgers and computing capabilities. A Blockchain developer enables transitions, records, or information to be stored, tracked, and verified. Done right, this type of development guarantees the validity of information, data and applications. Specialized coursework includes smart contracts, blockchain tokenomics, and multiple courses on distributed application development.
Developer and Operations Security, or DevOps for short, is a specialization that works closely with both front-end and back-end developers. DevOps personnel make projects more efficient, ensure that software can scale, and guarantee that applications work on an ongoing basis. Specialized coursework for this track includes cloud systems, continuous integration/continuous deployment, applications security, advanced scripting, and more.
Product design and project management
Combining aspects of design with the need for an organized, logical development approach, this track builds specialized expertise in creating products that address users’ needs in different markets, and the organizational skills required to keep projects on target. Specialized coursework includes responsive design, user interface/user experience, team management, product design, and project management.