It’s no mystery that in 2018 we’ll still use a variety of programming languages. But, it’s harder to determine which languages will be the most important. Learning the right languages now will future-proof your career!
In order, here are our top seven programming languages for 2018:
Traditionally, one of the most popular languages, C++ is here to stay. C++ is known for pushing processors to their limits. It is a flexible language that can be used for everything from video games to financial applications—anything where speed is of the essence. There is tons of legacy code written in C++ and it’s definitely here to stay.
Like C++, C has been ported to most, if not all, platforms, massively increasing its longevity. One of its most powerful features is its ability to allocate and write directly to memory. Initially, most languages were also forced to be implemented through C. On top of that, C-syntax is very elegant and clean. It’s the basis of most modern languages used today. However, when doing low-level micro-programming C remains, often, the only option.
The sheer number of Java practitioners will insure a healthy future for this language. Enterprise businesses, such as banks, financial firms and insurance companies, use Java due to its speed and performance. Additionally, the Android OS runs on Java which alone provides a market big enough to sustain its popularity.
This is a new programming language that Apple released in 2014. It is designed to be a modern language that could be easily mastered. It borrows a lot of useful features from other popular languages. Swift will become the singular choice for iOS development, meaning as long as Apple maintains its lofty position, Swift will remain a popular language.
Python is predominantly used by people from the statistics and scientific fields. It’s easy to learn and has a dedicated community that actively creates libraries to help you find what you need to know. Additionally, Python is the frequent choice for server automation and scripting.
#7 Ruby On Rails
Like Python, Ruby has a strong community around it that’s set on supporting and growing it. One big feature is the language’s ability to accommodate changes, making rapid development a lot easier. The only real downfall is not all hosts support Ruby on Rails, although that is slowly but surely changing.
Written By: Adam Hayes