Computer technology is growing by leaps and bounds all the time, and even the most computer-illiterate people use smartphones and desktop computers. Now that computers are such a big part of everyday life, it can be argued that programming has gotten easier. It used to be that programming was perceived as being in the realm of a few geniuses, but now practically anybody can become a programmer with the proper education and degree. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to learn when it comes to becoming a computer programmer. On the contrary, there are several languages that all good programmers should know if they want to be successful in their careers. Each language serves a particular purpose, and just like spoken languages knowing several will make you more attractive to employers.
Developed by Sun Microsystems in the 1990s, Java is an object-oriented, class-based language that is widely used for web-based content, games, mobile apps and the Android operating system. With the rise of mobile apps and mobile gaming and the popularity of Android devices in recent years, Java is one of the most in-demand programming languages out there.
C language was developed in the 1970s and is the oldest and most widely used programming language. It provides the foundation of many other programming languages, so it is advisable to learn this language before moving onto other programming languages.
C++ is an intermediate programming language that was intended to enhance C language. It is used to develop various types of system software and powers Firefox, Winamp and Adobe software. Because it is so useful and versatile, this should be the next programming language any computer programming student should be learning after C language.
C#, or C-sharp, is a newer programming language developed by Microsoft. It combines principles of C language and C++, and it is widely used by Microsoft to develop Windows software. Microsoft isn’t as dominant as it once was, but it is still a giant in the computer industry with various versions of Windows being used by professionals all over the world.
Objective-C is yet another general-purpose programming language that builds off of C language and C++, making it similar in principle to C#. Unlike C#, Objective-C is used by the Apple operating system and powers the iOS and OS X. Anybody who wants to learn the ins and outs of the Apple operating system should take the time to learn this language.
PHP is a language used for website and app development. The fact that it can be embedded directly into an HTML source document has made it incredibly popular. Learning this language is a must for those who want to learn to develop dynamic websites.