A key skill to be savvy within the technology world of today is to know which are the most prominent programming languages and what are they used for. Did you know that there are over 1.000 coding languages out there? Seems overwhelming? Don’t worry, EASTCODE is here to describe the top 4 languages according to the PYPL index (http://pypl.github.io/PYPL.html) as well as the up and coming based on usage, pattern, and popularity.

1. Python

This language is very popular due to its versatility and relative simplicity has become one of the most taught languages in school across the world. Python can be used as a scripting language for simple code snippets as well as a proper object-oriented language for a large project.  In fact, many famous websites including Reddit use Python as their structure and this language is increasingly being used for machine learning, AI, and data science. Also, one of the top software challenges of our world today is run by Python which again reveals how major this language is for the majority of exciting technologies today and in the future.

2. Java

Java is by far one of the most popular languages and has been since the creation in the mid-90s. This language dominates the world in server-side application development and holds a large market share in gaming and web development. One learns this language to build sturdy and sizeable server-side applications. Java is universal in the sense that you can build projects of small or large size. The famous Java Virtual Machine (JVM) takes care that Java can operate on almost any operating system.   

3. JavaScript

In today’s world of coding, there are languages that can replace each other however, there is no solid replacement for JavaScript. This language has been performing unbelievably for the past five years and it seems that there is no stopping it ahead. JavaScript is a more client-side language because of their prominent frameworks such as Angular and React. One can also use JavaScript to the server-side for user development. One reason why JavaScript has had so much success is because of jQuery which can be used to simplify event handling, HTML document traversing and Ajax interactions. jQuery basically simplifies web application for various parts within JavaScript and has been a complete success. JavaScript is a simple and speedy language which is why more startups and tech businesses are starting to use this language on the backend with the use of Node JS.

4. C#

C# is an object-oriented language and was developed in 2000. C#, created by Anders Hejlsberg at Microsoft, is mainly used for building Windows desktop applications and games. Some say that this language is a cross breed of C and C++. C# has proved its popularity to the public and is one of the top languages. C# has an edge on their competitors due to it being “beginner friendly” even though it is a high level language. Also, if one uses and knows C#, it will be easy to learn/understand C or C++ if you decide to learn them later on. Lastly, C# is a statically typed language which means that your code will be checked for mistakes prior to the program running which saves valuable time.


Up and Coming!

With the world of code constantly changing, no one really knows what will happen in the future. For example, Kotlin, a coding language built in 2011 has become a rising star and was the fastest growing language in 2018. Not only has Kotlin excelled in growth but it was named an official development language for the Android Platform which is a big deal because Android is the most popular mobile development platform. Kotlin also has a strong hand because it compiles down into JavaScript and is extremely versatile for both front and back-end development.

After you read this article, you will see that the languages described above all have different applications and are useful for various reasons. The IT industry is an ever-evolving industry with new languages coming out everyday. Picking the best languages is difficult which is why EASTCODE decided to offer their expertise about the best and new languages of today and tomorrow.  Choosing the best technology is important if you wish to stay ahead of the market and your competitors. If you are unsure which technology fits best to your project, EASTCODE is always here for additional questions free of charge.

Cheers to the pleasure of coding!