The second month of 2019 is almost done. So, that begs the question, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Perhaps you are one of the millions of people who decided to enter the exciting world of coding in 2019 but felt a bit overwhelmed at the variety of languages and resources available on and off the web.
Let’s face it, everyone and their grandmother is getting into coding and for good reason too. The world needs coders more than it has ever before. Some of the issues plaguing society or affecting your life on a daily basis could be solved with a few lines of code.
However, with the multitude of languages out there, how does one go about selecting the right programming language for themselves? Don’t worry; today, Interesting Engineering has got your back.
Before even setting off to the path to learning a new language, you should ask yourself two very important questions; why is this coding language relevant today and what’s my end goal?
Are you coding learning a language just to gain a relevant skill? Or, are you trying to reset your career? These questions will help you prioritize the languages you need to know now, and the things you can put off for the future.
Developers tend to look at the factors, like job market demand for a programming language, the current salary for people using that language, learnability, and present as well as future relevancy. When diving into the list below, or when doing your own research, take these things into consideration.
Python. Python. Python. No not the snake. If you were to ask multiple experts or developers in the field, they would tell you the best language to learn first most would be Python.
Python is fast, easy-to-use, and is an easy-to-deploy programming language, easily scalable to web applications. Your favorite platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest are all built in Python.
However, it’s relevancy does not end there. Python is a hot language for one simple reason, artificial intelligence. Python is one of the primary languages used in the growing field of AI. Even more so, the language is in high demand in tech startups across the world.
Jumping into Python will not only help you set a strong foundation for future developer jobs, but could help you create the super AI you’ve always dreamed of.
Java is another very popular language among developers and larger organizations. Due to its stability, precision, and scalability, major corporations have adopted this language, making it still relevant to this day and a great place to start if you are looking for a job.
With billions of Android users across the globe, Java is widely used in the development of Android Application. However, it is good to mention that Java does tend to go through trends dying off and resurrecting every few years. Nevertheless, having this in your toolbox will make you a great developer.
Developed by Google, Go is a minimal language like Python. Think of Go as the more efficient cousin to Python, mixed in with a little bit of C++’s DNA. Go is unique because it combines the best aspects of functional and object-oriented programming, as well as featuring a valuable set of inbuilt development tools. Ethereum was built in GO.
You may not have heard of Swift, but you for sure have used applications built with Swift. In short, Swift is used in creating iOS applications, the same applications you find yourself using on your iPhone every day.
Relatively new, the language is easy to learn and has a lot of career potential. iOS applications are not going away anytime soon and being able to develop them will keep you in high demand for a while. If you have always wanted to learn about what goes into the apps on your phone, now’s your chance to learn.
C++ has been around for a while and it is still going strong. First created in 1985, the language has remained relevant, and in high demand because of its high performance, reliability, and variety of contexts you can use it in. Amazon and even Google Chrome are written in C++.
From creating a GUI application to 3D graphics for a game, C++ has a wide range of applications and is even being used currently in the world of robotics. However, unlike some of the other languages on this list, C++ is not the most intuitive language to learn.