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What is the Dojo Toolkit?

The Dojo Toolkit is a JavaScript framework that speeds up web and application development. The framework is open source, meaning anyone can contribute to it, and the Dojo library is still expanding. 

So, what are JavaScript frameworks? JavaScript frameworks contain different libraries of pre-written JavaScript code. Imagine if each time you went to text a friend or family member, you had to type their entire phone number manually. Luckily, these days all you have to do to pull up the number is enter the first few letters of their name and select the correct contact. Stored contacts allow you to take a shortcut and text faster. Similarly, JavaScript frameworks allow web developers to work faster since they eliminate the need for developers to spend time manually writing code to complete basic programming tasks.

There are plenty of JavaScript frameworks in existence, and each has different capabilities. The Dojo framework is broken down into a few main packages, including Dojo Core, Dijit, Dojox, and Util. Each of the Dojo components houses modules that contribute to different parts of website and application building.Footnote 1

The Dojo architecture has made the Dojo Toolkit a popular choice for large-scale, high-profile projects. It’s structured in asynchronous module definition (AMD) format, which makes it easy to manage and build upon. The framework can also create application programming interfaces (APIs) that can be used on a diverse range of browsers by abstracting differences between the browsers.Footnote 2

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Dojo tutorial curriculum

An introductory Dojo tutorial can help familiarize you with the framework’s AMD structure and define Dojo’s four major components. The Dojo components are:

  • Dojo (or Core): contains central modules for basic non-visual functionality

  • Dojox: contains experimental modules that are currently not mature enough to be included in Dojo or Dijit

  • Dijit: contains user-interface widgets and a layout library built on top of Dojo’s core modules

  • Util: contains a variety of supporting tools including documentation and automations

In a Dojo course, you may also gain hands-on experience using these different components by learning how to:Footnote 3

  • Load Dojo and use its core features

  • Build and define your own AMD modules for increased functionality

  • Add visual effects such as animations

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Explore jobs that use the Dojo Toolkit

Web designers and developers, applications developers, Dojo developers, software engineers, and more use the Dojo Toolkit to speed up their development process and improve user experiences, particularly those working on high-traffic, high-profile sites or applications. If you’re looking to work on large-scale development projects, learn the Dojo Toolkit. Familiarizing yourself with Dojo software could help you stand out to prospective employers.

While some jobs may require a bachelor's degree or even a master's degree in computer science, data science, or a related field, those with no prior web development experience may be able to learn the skills they’ll need in a boot camp. Discover the right online learning path for you with edX.

How to become a Dojo developer

To become a Dojo developer or web developer, you should first familiarize yourself with coding and common programming languages. Code is the building block of any website or application, so having at least a basic understanding is important. In addition, you should understand how users interact with and experience web pages and applications. Understanding user experience conceptually will help you design strategically.

A bachelor's degree in computer science or data science can teach you foundational knowledge related to coding, user experience, and web development. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and aren’t interested in pursuing another degree, a coding boot camp can also introduce you to the fundamentals of web development in a shorter time frame.

Once you have coding experience and a solid understanding of web and application development, look to gain direct experience using the Dojo Toolkit framework through Dojo courses. Taking an introductory Dojo Toolkit tutorial can be a great place to start.

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