Career Path

Back-End Engineer (2021 Version)

Back-end developers deal with the hidden processes that run behind the scenes, building APIs and databases that power the front-end.

Includes Node.JS, Express.JS, PostgreSQL, Back-End, Security, and more.

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  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    4 Months
  • Certificate of completion

    Yes
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this career path

NOTE: This Path contains the syllabus from 2021. For the Path with the updated syllabus, please visit the Catalog.

Syllabus

48 units • 99 lessons • 49 projects • 75 quizzes
  • 1

    Welcome to the Back-End Engineer Path

    Welcome to the Back-End Engineer Path!

  • 2

    Setting Up Your Dev Environment

    Learn about the field of web development and the tools developers use to create websites.

  • 3

    JavaScript Syntax, Part I

    Get introduced to JavaScript and get comfortable with the basics of writing JavaScript programs.

  • 4

    JavaScript Syntax, Part II

    Discover more JavaScript techniques and features including arrays, looping, and objects.

  • 5

    Git and Github, Part I

    Learn how to use the Git version control system to keep track of changes and document your work. Then learn markdown and publish your first

  • 6

    JavaScript Syntax Portfolio Project

    Build a Node.js console app that generates random messages each time a user runs the program and version your project with Git/GitHub.

  • 7

    Basics of Back-End Development

    Start learning about back-end development and programming servers.

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Projects in this career path

  • Project

    Bicycle World

    It's time to build fluency in command line fundamentals. In this next project, we're going to practice creating items and navigating the file system so you can hone your skills and feel confident taking them to the real world. Why? Being able to navigate through folders and create files is an everyday task of any developer. What's next? The world of bicycles, navigation, and more command line. You got this!
  • Project

    Daily Buzz

    Navigate through the files and directories of Daily Buzz, a national newspaper.
  • Project

    Kelvin Weather

    In this project, we're going to practice variables and printing to the console in JavaScript so you can hone your skills and feel confident taking them to the real world. Why? You've got to master the basics. Get comfortable with these fundamentals.
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  1. Learn the skills

    This expertly curated career path gives you all the knowledge and experience you need to start this career.
  2. Prep for interviews

    Assess if you're ready to apply for jobs, then build your confidence with code challenges and practice questions.
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    Showcase your skills with a Codecademy professional certification and connect with employers directly.

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