With 2016 fast approaching, developers everywhere need to be “well-versed” in numerous coding languages to keep up with the ever-changing tech world. Newer smartphones, tablets, and an ever-expanding range of wearables means that as a developer, if you don’t know more than one language – expect your career to be very short-lived.
Developers and programmers are currently in serious demand. Not only do developers’ take a pretty penny for their skills, they are essential for pushing the boundaries of technology to newer and better horizons.
With a wide variety of programming languages available, there are some that will come in handy for web and mobile applications a lot more in the coming year. Based on your preference and skillset, there is a “best fit” language that will take you where you need to go.
The following are a few coding languages you need to know if you want to remain relevant in the New Year:
Used on 7 billion devices around the world and utilized by over 9 million developers, Java is the most extensively incorporated programming languages in the world. Considered as the “perfect language”, Java is used for native Android apps and controls company websites such as LinkedIn, Amazon and even Netflix!
For those who are interested in bringing mobile in their enterprises – Java is the way to go. It may not be the easiest to learn, but once you’ve learned it, there’s no looking back. Not only will you be employed right away, you will be considered an asset – as the advantages to knowing Java are endless.
Here are a few benefits of Java you might not have known:
- Java is used for mobile-based apps, enterprise applications and creating desktop features.
- It’s a language that’s in the “mainstream of development”. In other words, there isn’t a lot of weird syntax and odd symbols you need to know in order to get things done.
- If you learn Java, you can put your knowledge to use in a variety of other different languages.
We believe if there’s any language you need to learn right away, it’s Java.
Named after the infamous British comedy group Monty Python, Python is an all-purpose language that is simple to learn and incredibly legible, as it closely resembles the English language. It is capable of expanding web apps, user interfaces, data analysis and there’s a wide variety of outlines available to work on these tasks. As a python programmer, you can be sure to be hired by large organizations as they apply the language to assess vast amounts of data.
Moreover, Python is currently the language of choice of over 8 out of 10 top computer science departments. Because of its heavy impact in the educational domain, there are numerous libraries dedicated to Python related core subjects such as math, physics and natural processing.
If you learn Python, keep these following advantages in mind:
- 27 of the top 39 Programming Schools are now opting for Python over Java.
- PBS, NASA and everyone’s favorite – Reddit – were programmed using Python.
- The clear & easy syntax of Python allows for incorporation with a number of languages.
- Python programs develop much quicker as compared to other languages.
With Python’s immense popularity, there’s a guarantee you will be utilizing the language in one field or another.
If you’re short on time and need to develop a project, Ruby is a straightforward language that will help you achieve your development goals. It’s a mix of multiple languages such Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada and Lisp. ROR is ideal for startups and smaller companies because of its easy application when coding for websites.
As an object-oriented language, Ruby’s syntax is easy to digest as compared to other languages.
Consider the following perks for knowing Ruby:
- Offers speedy development and not as much code is used.
- A vast variety of libraries are available.
- A well-connected user community that has already provided numerous tutorials and learning modules for everyone to follow.
- Twitter, Hulu and Living Social are just some of the companies using Ruby in one way or another.
Ruby, is thus, a safe choice for most developers looking to quickly get to coding and programming.
You didn’t think this post would go on for long without mentioning Apple in here somewhere did you?
Today’s generation is an Apple one and naturally, Apple developed a programming language dubbed as “Swift” in 2014 for iOS and OS X developers. Knowledge of Swift means you can build apps specifically geared for iOS and Apple’s MAC in a simplified and speedy manner but you’re not shut off to apple products alone.
Here are some advantages to knowing this new but useful language:
- Work easily with Apple products (since the language is specifically geared for them)
- Very similar to C++ and Objective-C
- Easier to read and maintain
- Swift is safer, as it provides consistent behavior which helps with the bug-fixing process
- It requires less code
- Companies like American Airlines, LinkedIn, and IBM have utilized Swift
With the advent of Apple Watch, Swift is clearly the easier full-featured option that will let developers create beautiful apps. And with the wearables market rapidly growing, Swift allows you to focus on deep-seated systems that have a lower power.
One of the most commonly used languages in enterprise programming (and in the world), C++ is one leg up from her older sister, C. Otherwise known as the “strongest language”, C++ is a universal object-oriented language that has been around for over 30 years. It’s the best option for strong desktop software and can also be utilized for mobile and desktop applications.
Why should you choose to learn C++? Consider the following reasons:
- It’s been used in Windows for decades
- Adobe, Microsoft, and a large percentage of MAC OS/X have been written using C++
- If you want to get into gaming or creating audio/video processes, C++ is for you
- If you learn C++, you’re learning the basics of how computers work and how you can make them work for you
A commercially advantageous tool, C++ has been around for a while and since it’s still used on such massive and popular platforms, you can be sure it’s going to stay.
2014 saw the birth of Swift. With wearable technology all the rage right now, maybe 2016 might ring in a new language? In our opinion, however, if you know any two of these languages – you’re good to go.
Is there a language you think that’s missing from this list? Please leave a comment down below and let me know!