Top 5 Programming Languages to Learn in 2015

“Which programming languages should I learn?”

This is the most common question that is frequently asked by beginners and experts alike.

However, the answer is not that simple. There are many factors that should be considered

before deciding which programming language to master.Technology changes every year and by

the time you become expert in a particular programming technology, it can already become

obsolete. Also, programming languages vary greatly in terms of functionality and

application. The type of task one wants to perform mostly decideds what programming language

one should learn. For example, for a static web-based application, learning a simple HTML

might be enough. On the other hand, for developing a more dynamic applications, one might

need to learn ASP.NET, PHP, Ruby or Javascript. Desktop and mobile applications demand

different requirements as well.

Here’s a list of programming languages that best suited for your requirements.

1) C++

C++ language was developed in 1983 which is object oriented version of C language. C++ is

one of the most widely used languages of the world. Some of the famous software that were

developed using C++ are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Winamp, Adobe suites, windows due to

its quick processing and compilation features. C++ developers are in extremely high demand

in the job market.

2) Java

Java language was developed by James Gosling in 1990 at Sun Microsystems. Java adopted a lot

from C and C++ language in terms of features and capabilities. Java is the first purely

object oriented programming language. Java main feature is “Write Once Run Anywhere” that

added portability to Java. One just needs to compile Java Source code once and can run that

code irrespective of the underlying operating system and hardware as long as a JVM (Java

Virtual Machine) is installed there. Java language is mostly used to develop enterprise

level application, video games and web based applications when used with JSP (Java Server

Pages). Java is a must learn language for every programmer as it has a huge job market.

3) PHP

PHP was developed in 1995. It’s a server-side scripting language that is processed on the

server and end result is sent to the client side webpage in plain HTML. PHP is one of the

most widely used languages used to develop dynamic websites. PHP is an open-source language.

It is easy to learn. One just need to embed the code inside HTML. There are many PHP

platforms available such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal etc. that makes the web development

process really fast and easy. PHP is a language that every programmer should learn if they

want to pursue a web developer’s career. PHP has a huge job market.

4) Python

Python is a high-level programming language and is often considered as the easiest language

to learn for its simplicity, readability and easy to use syntax. Python was developed by

Guido Van Rossum in 1991 although it was not used much widely in the beginning. However, the

language has seen great boost in popularity in the recent years due to Google’s support.

Some famous sites operating in python are pinterest.com, instagram.com, and rdio.com.

Developing web based applications in python is easy as it has asso ciated web frameworks.

5) SQL

SQL (Structured Query Language) is not a development language like others but a database

query language. SQL provides a structure in interacting with the underlying database of an

application. SQL is extremely simple to learn as it is very close to the English language in

terms of syntax. Like JavaScript, SQL alone doesn’t have much of a job prospect, however,

good command of SQL can help job candidates stand out of crowd. Therefore, learning SQL is

highly recommended .

following are some of the factors in selecting a particular language for development.

  • 1) What are the requirements of the application? Web-based, desktop or mobile

    application?

  • 2) Is it commercial or open source technology?
  • 3) What is the job market of the language?
  • 4) What is the Learning curve of the language?

In the current job market where competition is high, one must be proficient in at least one

web based, one desktop based programming language, and at least one mobile platform, in

order to stand out among the other job candidates.