Software development is truly a dynamic field. In-demand and new programming languages, technologies and frameworks could emerge, rise to fame and fade away within a few years. Developers should constantly learn new skills to stay relevant. Furthermore, PHP developer jobs must be updated on the latest technologies that could be integrated with the programming language, PHP.
There are a lot of ways to measure the popularity of a coding language, but examining job demand is most useful since it showcases the skills that developers should learn to boost their career prospects.
THE CODING LANGUAGES THAT A DEVELOPER SHOULD LEARN IN 2018
The analysis of the top coding languages to learn this year is based on the number of job postings for every language.
Java. The popularity of Java decreased by around 6,000 job postings this year compared to 2017, but Java is extremely well-established. The language is more than 20 years old, used by millions of developers as well as billions of devices all over the world. Furthermore, it could run on any operating system or hardware via the JVM or the Java Virtual Machine. All Android applications are Java-based and 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use it as a server-side language for backend development. Java 9, which was launched in September 2017 as Eclipse Foundation took over the management of Java EE from Oracle.
Python. The coding language rose in popularity by around 5,000 job postings in 2017. It is a general purpose language that is used for developing websites and as support language for software developers. Also, it is widely used in data mining, scientific computing and machine learning. The continued demand and growth for machine learning developers could be the driving factor in the popularity of Python.
PHP. PHP is a scripting language that is used on server side. Most developers use the language for website development, either for adding functionalities that HTML could not handle or for interacting with MySQL databases. The demand for services of a PHP web development company and of course PHP programmer jobs continue to grow.
C#. Pronounced C Sharp slightly went down in demand this year. It is an object-oriented programming language from Microsoft that’s designed to run on the .NET platform and make development easier and faster than the previous languages of Microsoft. C# version 7.2 came out in November last year, adding some new features that are geared toward avoiding unnecessary copying. The language is greatly used in developing video games, thus aspiring video game developers will do well to learn it.
C++. Changed very little in popularity from early on in 2017 up to now. It’s an extension of the old school C language. It is usually used for system/app software, drivers, game development, embedded firmware and client-server applications. A lot of programmers find C++ harder and complex to learn and to use. However, it remains in use in a lot of legacy systems at big enterprises.
Perl. The coding language dropped to about 3,000 job postings. Perl 5 and 6 both are chugging along. Perl continue to be popular for network and system administrators as well as a glue language.
UP AND COMING CODING LANGUAGES
These languages have not made it to the top seven, but have been growing in popularity and use last year. Developers should keep an eye on them in the future.
a. Swift. The programming language for MacOS and iOS released by Apple in 2014. It has been steadily growing in popularity since its launch.
b. R. It is growing in popularity in the international and US rankings and was the ‘least-disliked’ programming language on a Stack Overflow survey. The growth could be due to the rise of big data analysis jobs.
c. Rust. While it ranks low on the list, its popularity has been growing steadily.
These software technologies of frameworks technically are not programming or coding languages, but still important for developers to know this year.
- SQL. The standard query language used to store, retrieve and manipulate data in databases. Technically, it’s not a programming language as it lacks looping as well as other basic functions, but extensions such as PL/SQL added some of these. It is extremely high in job demand, with over 30,000 more job postings.
- NET. The platform of Microsoft for desktop, mobile, web, gaming and IoT application development. It was released to an open source community in 2016 and used by the C#, F#, Visual Basic programming languages. A lot of Windows apps run on .NET, which make it very prevalent in the business world.
With the ever evolving technology, software, web and mobile application development organizations should have to keep updated on the current technologies, such as the most in demand coding languages today to stay on the competitive edge.