The landscape of programming languages is rich and expanding, which can make it tricky to focus on just one or another for your career. We highlight some of the most popular languages that are modern, widely used, and come with loads of packages or libraries that will help you be more productive and efficient in your work.
It seems like nowadays everybody and their dog is interested in joining the app development industry. It’s one of the fastest-growing fields and offers some of the world’s highest paying jobs – it’s no wonder learning programming language’s has become such a common side hustle.
But the question is – if you’re interested in learning one of these languages as a stepping stone to a dream career, which is the right one to start with? We’ve rounded up a few of the best known and most popular programming languages to help you decide.
One of the biggest and most important languages to learn is SQL, which stands for Structured Query Language. This is predominantly used to design intricate and detailed data management systems to help businesses and organisations collect and store data and manage major projects.
In order to be able to make use of SQL Server software, keep in mind that you’ll require a SQL Server CAL, which is a licence that grants access.
These are considered lower-level programming languages which can be used to build operating systems and file systems. C++ can also be used for game development, IoT devices, web browsers and other forms of coding. While these languages were released decades ago, they’re still being used today for their super fast performance.
Python is a one-stop shop. There’s a Python framework for pretty much anything, from web apps to data analysis. In fact, WordStream is written in Python! You’re the best bud. Python is often heralded as the easiest programming language to learn, with its simple and straightforward syntax. Python has risen in popularity due to Google’s investment in it over the past decade (in fact, one recent study has shown Python to be the most commonly taught programming language in U.S. schools). Other applications built with Python include Pinterest and Instagram.
The Java programming language was developed in the early 90s and is a simple yet high efficient multi-purpose language.
Java boasts a lot of advantages, such as portability and great security features that set it apart from many others. It was originally designed for embedded network applications and is mainly used for the development of Internet-based applications and systems.
PHP originally stood for “Personal Home Page” as part of its first name, PHP/FI (Forms Interpreter.) The official acronym is now PHP: Hypertext Processor. Its primary role is as a web application server-side scripting system. It was originally developed to extend a CGI program to support HTML forms and database access. The code of a PHP program is mixed in with the HTML, making it similar to Microsoft’s classic (pre-.NET) Active Server Pages. The interpreter reads the HTML and code, and executes the code portions of the page.
A programming language for the die-hard Apple fans, this one is designed to develop iOS apps quickly, easily and with pretty impressive power. Swift is considered a multi-paradigm general-purpose programming language that is extremely efficient.
Developers can use Swift to design apps for almost any Apple device – iPhones, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. It’s also considered an easier programming language to learn and work with, so this could be a good starting point for beginners.
Depending on your own needs and preferences, any of these languages (or one of the many others) could be right for you to start with. Decide which of the above pricks your interest and start doing some more in-depth research before making a decision.
An important aspect of your choice will be where and how you learn the language. There are various online and in person courses available to learn, so get cracking and launch your career in development in 2021.