This is the most common and frequent questions that we always get – which programming language that you need to learn before you begin your tech career.
Here’s a tip to pick a programming language to learn is to look at which programming language is the most popular one, because from a career point of view, if you learn a popular language, meaning that the chances of you getting hired are very high.
Technical point of view
From a technical point of view, let’s say if you’re a start-up or company, if you build your product around a language that is popular, meaning that it’s a lot easier for you to hire people.
How about C++? It’s old school, but just like wine, the classic is the best. The reason why C++ is old school but it is still relevant at this stage, like, after so many years, is because a lot of the underlying systems are still written using C++ as a language.
Whether your hardware ROM, your WiFi, your router, many, many of them, even your operating system like Linux, Mac, or Windows, their underlying core, most of them were written in CS, C++.
Maybe you notice or maybe you didn’t, most of the languages in your top 5 or top 10 are basically web programming language. So technically your safest bet is always going for those languages which is popular.
Top programming languages for web development
Now Java, C++, C#, are still relevant because we still use them a lot in our, what you call that, the legacy enterprise systems. So that’s why they are relevant and still quite highly used.
PHP ( Hypertext Preprocessor )
So the second language is PHP. PHP is a very powerful language because it’s used for general scripting purpose for web development. I wouldn’t say it’s powerful in the sense of its functions, but it has a lot of frameworks that people have build to target a different kind of used cases. You have Laravel, you have Yii, you have CodeIgniter, these are the popular PHP frameworks.
It’s very easy to learn at the beginning, but things get messy when the projects become large. Now the reason PHP a reliable and good language for you to learn if you need to have another programming language as a backup, because large companies like Google, Facebook, or Uber, all these companies, most of the time they have, a part of their core programs are written in PHP.
PHP powers about 60 to 70% of the websites on the market right now. Even like, sites like WordPress, our thelead.io, or a lot of the e-commerce sites, they’re all written using PHP.
You see, many seminars or workshop you’ve been to will encourage you to pick up Python programming, oh even our own webinar we encourage you to do so, but it’s mainly for data science. Python is because there are a lot of free packages out there that allow you to do, or tackle, a lot of the data science task, like machine-learning task, natural language processing, text analysis, and image processing even. Those are the tasks that can be done by Python.
But Python itself, when it comes to web programming, or when it comes to building product, is a rather less comprehensive language. We wouldn’t say it’s weak, but, don’t get us wrong, that is just for the web development portion of software development proportion.
As a scripting language, it’s very easy to learn, it’s very beginners friendly, and the performance, the processing speed, everything is good. If you were to learn how to build web applications, how to develop a product, it might not be the best language out there. So long story short, we have prepared a table for you.
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