Code is fast becoming the “new foreign language” that students of all ages want to learn. But, even though we hear the words “Java” and “HTML” being thrown around, most of us don’t really know what they mean or what the differences are. Here is our handy guide to the 10 most currently popular coding languages, and what you need to know about them:
- Java – considered the most widely used language, and heavily influenced by C and also C++. It is an ‘object-oriented’ language, which is a very common programming concept/style. Mostly used to build applications.
- Ruby– a dynamic, reflective, object-oriented, general-purpose programming language. It was designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto in Japan. Ruby embodies syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like features and was also influenced by Eiffel and Lisp.
- Python – a popular and versatile language, that derives less from C than the above languages. It is considered to be a language designed to be easy to read and decipher. However, it is also considered to be a slow language that takes more time to write with. It serves as a very good language for analytical and statistical purposes.
- Objective-C – the language that is used to develop all Apple systems and mobile apps. The popularity of iPhone’s and iPad’s have made Objective-C a highly in-demand language. It is recommended that you have an understanding of C before learning Objective-C.
- C++ – widely used language in a professional and academic settings. Considered versatile because it can be used to fit different programming styles. I’d say that most people use the ‘object-oriented’ style of C++. Heavily influenced by C. Used to build systems and applications (which run in top of systems).
- SQL – a data and database development language. It is focused on managing, storing, creating, and analyzing data. There are many different types of SQL languages as companies have made their own versions, although Microsoft’s version (called T-SQL) is most common. Since SQL’s focus is on data, it has more of a commercial use and should be considered to be in an entirely separate category of languages than ones used for software or web development.
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Written by: Editorial Team, My Learning Springboard, Inc.