Most Popular Programming Languages for Web Development
When entering the world of Web Development, it can be hard to choose what programming languages to start with. Well, if you’re listening to an online course or a Bootcamp, you’re using the same languages as your instructors do. But what happens after that? As you may already know, Web Developers change languages all the time, and they constantly learn new ones. Of course, all of this could depend on what’s popular right now. But choosing the correct programming language also means deciding what’s best for your type of work. Now let’s see why it is important to know the most popular programming languages.
There are many languages, and many of them have hundreds of frameworks and libraries. So, when you’re looking at it from afar, you’re not only choosing a language to code in. You’re also choosing its best features, libraries, and functionalities that are going to suit your business model best.
So, let’s take a look and see where you can start your Web Development career path.
But, what does it do? PHP is executed on the server of your website and is used to interact with its database. As you may already know, every website needs a database to store its users’ information, and you implement these databases with the help of, for example, MySQL, a database service. Then, you can use PHP to manage all the information, manipulate, change, add or remove it. You can also use it to encrypt data, making it a very reliable and secure server-side scripting language.
PHP doesn’t only support MySQL but also ODBC, SQLite, and other database systems you’d want to implement on the back-end of your website. Its frameworks include Laravel, Symfony, Codeigniter, Slim, Zend Framework, and others.
With its rise in the past few years, used by around 8.2 million developers worldwide, Python is mind-blowingly easy to learn and use. Moreover, it takes the complicated stuff out of other programming languages and tries to replicate actual human speech, making it appealing to new developers.
Suppose you’re interested in starting back-end web development. In that case, Django is a popular framework written in Python that is very easy to learn and has tons of features to enrich your website or application.
Here we have yet another popular scripting language among web developers alike. Ruby is very commonly used, and people tend to pick it up because of its friendly and helpful community. Being a robust, object-oriented language much like the English one (similar to Python’s syntax), it’s no surprise that many people use it to implement back and front-end features on their platforms.
Ruby is general-purpose, much like Python, so its other applications and frameworks allow you to use it for pretty much anything your web projects need, like data analysis, prototyping, proof of concepts, etc.
Its most popular implementation is Ruby on Rails, a practical open-source framework used to build compelling web applications—like Airbnb, GitHub, Hulu, Goodreads, and many others!
Because Ruby and Ruby on Rails are open sources, there are a ton of free online courses you can watch to start with this powerful programming language and its frameworks. And, did we mention how friendly the community is?
If you’re looking into Apple Development specifically, Swift is a beautiful language to get start with. It’s a relatively new language, released in 2014, and it was built from the ground up entirely by Apple for their devices only. The thing that sets it apart from other Apple-oriented programming languages is that it has all of Apple’s resources, frameworks, and libraries for you to use to your heart’s content.
The language may be the most straightforward programming language out there. It borrows stuff from Objective-C (and others), but it takes the syntax to a whole other level. It also implements many modern programming methods, like drag-and-dropping elements, live changes, and its files are cross-compatible with Objective-C (another popular programming language used for Apple devices).
If you thought that was it, then you’re in for a surprise. With XCode, Apple’s very own Integrated Development Environment (IDE), you can write, test, and debug your code. But, also build and dispatch your project all within the app! How convenient is that?
We hope this article introduced you to the most popular programming languages and how many options you have out there as a Web Developer. And believe it or not, we didn’t even scratch the surface. So basically, you need to research what suits you best, and get to coding! You’d find it surprising what you can do with just a few weeks of learning a new programming language.