If you want to code, where do you start? There are so many programming languages out there. You may be thinking to yourself, “You do not want to start on the wrong path”. That is where I help. In my opinion, and experience, here are the languages you should be learning right now. These options should make it easier for you to decide which language you will want to start learning.
No language is perfect
First of all, I must say that every language has its own strengths and weaknesses. In an earlier and similar post, I mentioned how each language is good, and how they relate to DC comic characters. You can find that post here.
Java has been around since the mid-1990s. It is a popular choice for building enterprise-level applications, especially in larger organizations, such as banks. It offers scalability, platform independence, and a vast array of libraries and frameworks. Use Java if you would want to
- create desktop apps.
- work with the Internet of Things
- to create financial applications.
- create Andriod applications.
If the above looks like your cup of tea, then Java is the right programming language for you. As a fun fact, do you know Java has a very popular rap song? See it here.
Python has been around earlier than Java. It is widely used in business due to its versatility and extensive library ecosystem. It is also used within the start-up community. It is often employed for.
- data analysis
- machine learning
- web development
Hence if your interests fall in any of the above categories, then Python is the language for you.
- work on front-end web development
- create cross-platform mobile applications.
- to do client-side scripting.
It is pronounced as C sharp, and not C hash. That is a common mistake. C# is the language of choice for building within the Microsoft ecosystem. These days its usefulness extends far beyond the Windows realm. It can be used for.
- games using the Unity engine.
- enterprise software
- web services
- developing Windows desktop applications
Much like Java, C sharp is a language that can take you through the doors of organizations that focus on creating Enterprise grade applications.
The last, but not the least language on my list is PHP. PHP also came in the mid-1990s. It has stayed mainly within space or solved the problem for which it was introduced to solve. That is around having dynamic web applications. Another claim to fame PHP has, is that it powers WordPress. WordPress is the content management system of choice for millions of websites. Learn PHP if you would like to
- create dynamic web applications.
- create web services.
- backend server development.
Due to the low learning curve, PHP is used by millions of developers worldwide.
It is important to note that the popularity of these programming languages has changed. Some which were indispensable 20 years ago are now only legacy applications.
Additionally, the specific languages used in business can vary depending on the industry and the nature of the organization. When deciding the language to learn it is important to focus
- on the needs of the projects
- the amount of time you have
- what you already know, the resources you have access to
- the persons (or community) whom you can reach out to
There is really no need to redo the wheel. You have lots of languages to pick from. In the beginning, I said that there are a myriad of programming languages. If you would want to pick up a skill with coding, then these languages are the best bet I can give you.
I will do additional posts which will delve into each of these languages. Until then, keep learning, and soaring.