In the past years software development and the useful tools they enable us with have become an integral part of our lives in almost every way. The result of the rapid advancement of these technologies for end users have been great in terms of improved data management and processing but for programmers has resulted in an abundance in choice of languages from which to choose from. We have reached a point where we are surrounded by so many programming languages and it thus seems apt, for both beginners and those wishing to learn a second, third or fourth, to wonder which is the most popular.
The world of programming is vast and not all programming languages are alike, different companies, the roles within them and software itself require knowing and understanding various programming languages, therefore the added benefit if you already possess fluency in multiple languages. Finally, with the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 22% growth rate in job outlook between 2019 and 2029 it’s no wonder so many are trying to break into the industry.
But without any further ado, let’s get started.
So which are the most popular programming languages?
Among the drawbacks are speed and mobile applications, python is not as fast as C or C++ and also considered a weak language for mobile computing but is often used for artificial intelligence and financial software.
Although not the most elegant or fastest, Structured Query Language is considered to be among the best ways to communicate with databases. Today it is considered the standard means of manipulating and querying data in relational databases. Its an excellent language that works by understanding and analyzing databases that have data fields within their tables
As someone that works daily with SQL I can say that one of the main disadvantages arises in runtime performance, one would have to analyze whether or not its ease and accessibility outways it.
Famous for its “Write once, run anywhere” slogan, Java gains popularity for exactly this.Java is designed to be a loosely coupled language meaning that a program coded in Java can run on any platform that supports Java. It is most often used by large businesses around the world in the development of client server applications.
Java has proven to be inadequate for the development of applications that run on the cloud, a rather obvious set back in its future application given the rapid scaling of cloud computing in the last few years.
Although brief the analysis, one thing is clear, the popularity of any given language is greatly influenced by the type of software being developed and the end user as well as the industry is what finally decides which language is best to use. But for now these four seem to be at the top of our list.