Does web development require math

I enjoy math and algorithms and noticed that there is some used in javascript in front end web development. Is it used in backend web development? From what I know it is used even more. Also is backend web development everything after the front end library certification on FCC? It doesnt really specify.

Thanks,

Andrej

In my experience math pops up from time to time and mainly on back end

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Except in specialized applications, basically you need basic math. Most of us learned enough math by the time we were 12 for web development - basic math, basic algebra, basic geometry.

When you get into algorithms, you will need a little bit more, but not much. Mostly it’s number theory stuff: prime numbers, factorials, Fibonacci sequences, a basic understanding of exponents and logarithms, base systems besides 10, etc. These will give you a deeper understanding of algorithms and will help you solve more of them, giving you street cred. There is a lot more to programming than algorithms, but they are important and are often a way to weed out prospective employees so it’s good to be good at them.

If you work in some specialized fields of software, you may need something more. If you’re doing 3D graphics you’ll need a bunch of trig. If you’re doing signal analysis you might need things like fast Fourier transforms. In some fields you may need things like basic calculus or statistics or linear algebra.

But if you enjoy algorithms you probably have enough basic math and can pick up most of what else you need pretty easily. Seriously - people worry much too much about this.

Backend is building servers. The frontend is what runs in the user’s browser (client) and backend is what runs on the backend (server) - it “serves” the front end by sending it things - ranging from the frontend itself (sending it to the client) or answering questions (“queries”) asked by the frontend (“this username and password, are they valid?” or “the user just asked for all the sales records for January”). Looking quickly at the curriculum, the APIs and Microservices is the bulk of the backend section and will give you a good idea. Also, all the stuff on Python has been added - that would also be backend - Javascript is the only language (other than HTML and CSS) that can run on frontends - that and libraries like SASS and React and others - but those all serve the HTML, CSS, and JS. Any other language will not be frontend.

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In most web development jobs, you’re not likely to do a lot of math, but the skills and logical processes of math overlap heavily with the skills and logical processes of programming. “Backend” is everything done on the web server, whereas “frontend” is everything done on the client (browser).

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