The Best Programming Languages to Learn
What’s the Best Programming Language to Learn?
Programming Languages, a lot of people ask this question from time to time and the answer to it varies depending on what’s selling in the industry and how many are using similar programming languages to achieve common set goals throughout the industry.
Depending on the demand for a certain programming language, it is not necessary a fact that you should always pick one language to learn. It is rather much better to have a common understanding of each and major in two or three programming languages that you find fitting to your objectives and needs of operation.
What is a programming language?
A programming language is a formal constructed language designed to communicate instructions to a machine, particularly a computer. Programming languages can be used to create programs to control the behavior of a machine or to express algorithms. (Wikipedia definition)
These are our picks for the programming languages one should try learning in relation to the demand in the industry today.
Java is a general-purpose computer programming language that is concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible.
As of 2015, Java is one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with a reported 9 million developers.
The language derives much of its syntax from C and C++, but it has fewer low-level facilities than either of them.
Python is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java.
The language provides constructs intended to enable clear programs on both a small and large scale & supports multiple programming paradigms, including object-oriented, imperative and functional programming or procedural styles.
PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language.
PHP code may be embedded into HTML code, or it can be used in combination with various Web template systems and web frameworks.
PHP code is usually processed by a PHP interpreter implemented as a module in the web server or as a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) executable.
Ruby is a dynamic, reflective, object-oriented, general-purpose programming language. It was designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto in Japan.
Ruby is considered a higher level programming language than C++ which features strong abstractions from computer details. Whereas low-level languages are closer to machine details (like memory addresses or CPU registers), high-level languages are closer to a naturally spoken language.
When you’re first learning to code, a high-level programming language like Ruby is much easier to use.
C++ is a general-purpose programming language. It has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing facilities for low-level memory manipulation.
C++ has been found useful in many other contexts, with key strengths being software infrastructure and resource-constrained applications, including desktop applications, servers (e.g. e-commerce, web search or SQL servers), and performance-critical applications (e.g. telephone switches or space probes).
C++ is a compiled language, with implementations of it available on many platforms and provided by various organizations, including the FSF, LLVM, Microsoft, Intel and IBM.
C is a general-purpose, imperative computer programming language, supporting structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion, while a static type system prevents many unintended operations.
By design, C provides constructs that map efficiently to typical machine instructions, and therefore it has found lasting use in applications that had formerly been coded in assembly language, including operating systems, as well as various application software for computers ranging from supercomputers to embedded systems.
A shell script is a computer program designed to be run by the Unix shell, a command line interpreter. The various dialects of shell scripts are considered to be scripting languages.
Shell scripts allow us to program commands in chains and have the system execute them as a scripted event, just like batch files. They also allow for far more useful functions, such as command substitution.
C# is a multi-paradigm programming language encompassing strong typing, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines.
It was developed by Microsoft within its .NET initiative and later approved as a standard by Ecma and ISO (ISO/IEC 23270:2006).
C# has a huge standard library with so much useful stuff that’s well-implemented and easy to use. It also allows for both managed and native code blocks.
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