If you’re working in the world of IT, you’re always thinking about the future. That’s why we’re here with a list of the top 10 development languages that are sure to be important in 2018. Learn which coding language you should know and use in your next project – and see the future of IT today, according to CodingDojo.
As the cloud becomes more and more important, and more companies are using web-based applications, it’s no surprise that Java comes in at #1 on our list.
90% of Fortune 500 companies use Java as their back-end server-side language, and all Android applications are built on Java.
Despite the fact that the technology is over 20 years old, its cross-platform functionality makes it incredibly popular among developers and IT professionals alike.
Java runs on many devices. If you have an Android phone, all of your apps are running Java. Big data technologies are using Java as their language of choice because of its excellent capabilities of compiling and organizing data.
Python is a very robust, easy-to-understand coding language that can be used for almost any application. However, its current increased demand is due to its use as a support language for software development.
It is widely used for data mining and big data analytics programs, scientific computing, and for the development of machine learning (ML) platforms. Machine learning is expected to drive most of the growth in demand for Python developers.
Your favorite websites are being built with Python. Developers use this web-based basic scripting language to program the backend of websites like YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.
C++ is an old language, and has not changed much in recent years. As an extension of “C” and is an object-oriented programming language that incorporates all the features of C , it’s usually used for desktop systems and applications, video games, embedded software, autonomous cars and medical technology, as well as many other applications. Many top companies like Facebook and Google use C++ due to it being a client-server side application language. It’s hard to learn and complex, but used in many legacy systems.
C# is mostly used in video game development but can be used to create almost anything but it’s strongest area of functionality is with windows desktop applications, and any other applications using Microsoft’s .NET framework. Its most recent iteration, C# 7.2, came out last November. It is a general-purpose language designed for developing apps on the Microsoft platform to work. C# is often thought of as a hybrid that takes the best of C and C++ to create a truly modernized language.
C# had become increasingly popular for web and mobile application development too. Cross-platform tools such as Xamarin allow apps written in C# to be used on almost any mobile device.
PHP is often used to augment HTML during web development. This versatile coding language is ideal for handling complex interactions with MySQL databases, and is a very widely-used server-side language that will likely be in high demand for years to come..
Perl is very popular among SysAdmins, and as a “glue language” which can be used in custom software development to connect disparate systems. It’s flexible and powerful, but often mostly used for stopgap solutions until more “clean” code can be used.
Swift is the coding language used for iOS and MacOS, released by Apple in 2014. Because Apple products are so ubiquitous, and most companies are looking to release cross-platform products, Swift has been steadily growing in popularity.
R is a newer interpretation of the “S” programming language. It’s an object-oriented language that’s highly extensible, and can be used with C++ and C#, as well as Java, .NET, Python, and much more. It’s mostly used for statistical analysis, which may make it much more popular as “Big Data” and data analytics continue to gain popularity.
SQL databases are used by just about every company in our modern world. If you have more than one database, chances are at least one of them is running a SQL server. It’s in extremely high demand, especially as databases grow in power and complexity.
Understanding the future of IT = knowing your options of coding languages
By understanding the trends in programming languages, you can see into the future of IT. There are quite a few different languages on our list, but they share common characteristics.
They can be used for cross-platform development, to analyze Big Data and statistics, and are mostly compatible with cloud computing.
This is the direction in which IT is moving – so be prepared, and learn more about what languages your IT and development teams need to understand!
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