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How to Choose Which Programming Language to Learn


Whether you want to code for a living or not, learning a programming language is a very valuable life skill. You can do it through a course at a college or university, or simply use a free online resource to learn how to code. However, with so many different programming languages, how do you know what to choose?

While there are some commonalities between the programming languages such as syntactic similarities and the fact they can all use certain helpful tools like Appoptics and others, but generally, they are quite different. The choice is yours as for which you pick, but we decided to craft this article to help assist you in making the best choice for you.  We will look a bit closer at some of the most popular programming languages and what they are used for.

Java

While it shares a similar name to Javascript, Java is actually not related to it at all. Java was created in the mid-1990s and since it’s inception it has been among the most popular programming languages on the planet. Many of the largest companies out there, such as Uber, Netflix, Instagram, use Java.

It is so popular because of its ability to scale easily, the fact that it had a large community and because it is very portable. It can be used for anything from web apps, to mobile apps and everything in between. Don’t be surprised to see Java remain at the top of this list for years to come.

C


This programming language is one of the oldest in the world and is incredibly portable. It became so popular because it was adopted early by huge technology companies like Microsoft and Apple. C is also very popular in things like vehicles and cars, so there is a good chance most of us use and interact C each and every day.

Before Java came around in the mid-1990s, C was clearly the most popular programming language and it’s portability made it a hit for a variety of systems. While it wasn’t as popular as it once was, it is still used a ton today and is great to learn. It has also spurned a number of spin-offs such as C# and C++.

C++

Speaking of C++, that comes in as the third most popular programming language. C++ is a direct expansion of C, which offers better productivity and efficiency, but with those extra features comes more responsibility and potential things that can go wrong.

It is a mid-level language that is primarily used operating systems, drivers and systems programming. It offers great performance, but isn’t used too often in business applications as newer languages have emerged that are trying to be a safer option. Even still, if you are learning C, it couldn’t hurt to also learn C++ as it is a direct expansion.

Python

Over the last two decades or so, Python has steadily been on the rise and is now the fourth most popular programming language. The big reason for this is because Python is a big part of many of the emerging technologies today such as A.I, Big Data, Machine Learning and Robotics.

Not only that, but Python is quite simple to learn when compared to other programming languages. It is also flexible and can be used in situations like building embedded systems or games. If any programming language is going to take the most popular spot from Java, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it be Python.

Of course, there are other languages to choose from, these are just the most common and popular, so they are the ones we decided to include.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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