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Popular Programming Languages for Budding Developers

If there is any area that tends to exist as long as humans do, we are pretty sure that programming should be on of them. Even if you are not a genius coder, it is worthwhile to note some of the most popular programming languages list and their uses. This might help you in general meetings where if someone speaks about Java, you would reply with “Hey, that coffee’s good!” Below table shows the programming languages used by some of the big companies for their websites. Source: Wikipedia Some of the popular programming languages are mentioned below: 1. Java Used to power some of the most popular websites such as LinkedIn and Amazon, Java is intended for the application developers to ‘Write Once, Run Anywhere’ (their Code). Java can be considered as the most popular object oriented, general purpose programming language that is known for its readability and simplicity. Java was created by James Gosling around the year 1995 with syntax similar to what we find in C and C++, so as to make it easier for the programmers. Fun Fact: Java was originally intended for interactive television but was discarded as it was considered too advanced at the time. Now Java is used on more than 7 billion devices worldwide which include computers, smartphones, and even smart tvs. 2. C C is often considered as the grandfather of all modern languages and many of the popular languages such as Java and Python were actually influenced by C. Designed and Developed in the early 1970’s by Dennis Ritchie, C was originally implemented in assembly language on a minicomputer known as PDP-7. C is a general-purpose, procedural programming language that uses as little memory as possible and can be compiled using a straightforward compiler. Fun Fact: Not only is C the language of operating systems, it is the precursor and inspiration for almost all of the most popular high-level languages available today. In fact,Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby are all written in C. 3. Javascript Javascript should not be confused with the Java as both are almost entirely different apart from the name. Javascript is one of the reasons for you to be able to read this article as it is the scripting language used in World Wide Web and one of the popular programming languages for web development. Javascript is a high-level scripting language that was developed in mid 90’s and was originally called Livescript and the standard for it was ECMAscript. Javascript is mainly used to make web pages more interactive and if you see any effects in the web page such as animation and hover effects, it probably uses Javascript at a certain level. Almost all of the major Web browsers include Javascript including Firefox and Safari. Fun Fact: Initially the language was called LiveScript, but when it was about to be released Java had become immensely popular. Netscape decided at the last moment to change the name of its scripting language to “JavaScript”. 4. Python Python is designed to be a highly readable language with the trim visual layout. Python is a general-purpose, dynamic programming language that is considered as one of the easiest languages for the beginners to learn since it resembles commonly spoken language i.e., English. Created by Guido Van Rossum in 1990’s, Python was made to support multiple programming paradigms and features dynamic type system and automatic memory management. Fun Fact: Python was named after a comedy group called ‘Monty Python’ and was created as a hobby programming project by Van Rossum. 5. PHP(Hypertext Preprocessor) PHP was developed using the C language and it powers many popular web applications including Facebook. It was created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in the year 1994 and it is known that it was never meant to be a programming language. Regardless, PHP is one of most popular server-side scripting language that can be used to create web pages written in HTML. Fun Fact: PHP was intended just to replace some Perl scripts to maintain Personal Home Page(PHP) of Lerdorf, but now is installed on more than 20 million websites and over 1 million web servers!!!
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Popular Programming Languages for Budding Developers

Geneva Clark
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20th Aug, 2016
Popular Programming Languages for Budding Developers

If there is any area that tends to exist as long as humans do, we are pretty sure that programming should be on of them. Even if you are not a genius coder, it is worthwhile to note some of the most popular programming languages list and their uses. This might help you in general meetings where if someone speaks about Java, you would reply with “Hey, that coffee’s good!”

Below table shows the programming languages used by some of the big companies for their websites.

popular websites languages

Source: Wikipedia

Some of the popular programming languages are mentioned below:

1. Java

Used to power some of the most popular websites such as LinkedIn and Amazon, Java is intended for the application developers to ‘Write Once, Run Anywhere’ (their Code). Java can be considered as the most popular object oriented, general purpose programming language that is known for its readability and simplicity. Java was created by James Gosling around the year 1995 with syntax similar to what we find in C and C++, so as to make it easier for the programmers.

Fun Fact: Java was originally intended for interactive television but was discarded as it was considered too advanced at the time. Now Java is used on more than 7 billion devices worldwide which include computers, smartphones, and even smart tvs.

2. C

C is often considered as the grandfather of all modern languages and many of the popular languages such as Java and Python were actually influenced by C. Designed and Developed in the early 1970’s by Dennis Ritchie, C was originally implemented in assembly language on a minicomputer known as PDP-7. C is a general-purpose, procedural programming language that uses as little memory as possible and can be compiled using a straightforward compiler.

Fun Fact: Not only is C the language of operating systems, it is the precursor and inspiration for almost all of the most popular high-level languages available today. In fact,Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby are all written in C.

3. Javascript

Javascript should not be confused with the Java as both are almost entirely different apart from the name. Javascript is one of the reasons for you to be able to read this article as it is the scripting language used in World Wide Web and one of the popular programming languages for web development. Javascript is a high-level scripting language that was developed in mid 90’s and was originally called Livescript and the standard for it was ECMAscript. Javascript is mainly used to make web pages more interactive and if you see any effects in the web page such as animation and hover effects, it probably uses Javascript at a certain level. Almost all of the major Web browsers include Javascript including Firefox and Safari.

Fun Fact: Initially the language was called LiveScript, but when it was about to be released Java had become immensely popular. Netscape decided at the last moment to change the name of its scripting language to “JavaScript”.

4. Python

Python is designed to be a highly readable language with the trim visual layout. Python is a general-purpose, dynamic programming language that is considered as one of the easiest languages for the beginners to learn since it resembles commonly spoken language i.e., English. Created by Guido Van Rossum in 1990’s, Python was made to support multiple programming paradigms and features dynamic type system and automatic memory management.

Fun Fact: Python was named after a comedy group called ‘Monty Python’ and was created as a hobby programming project by Van Rossum.

5. PHP(Hypertext Preprocessor)

PHP was developed using the C language and it powers many popular web applications including Facebook. It was created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in the year 1994 and it is known that it was never meant to be a programming language. Regardless, PHP is one of most popular server-side scripting language that can be used to create web pages written in HTML.

Fun Fact: PHP was intended just to replace some Perl scripts to maintain Personal Home Page(PHP) of Lerdorf, but now is installed on more than 20 million websites and over 1 million web servers!!!

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Geneva Clark

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Geneva specializes in back-end web development and has always been fascinated by the dynamic part of the web. Talk to her about modern web applications and she and loves to nerd out on all things Ruby on Rails.

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