What is the Best Programming Language for Beginners?

There was a time when parents would tell their children “you must be a doctor or lawyer then you will always be guaranteed a good job”.

These days it looks like everyone wants to learn a programming language because after all we live in the digital age and the 4th industrial revolution is upon us right?

The good news is you don’t have to learn a programming language to have a good life. Actually, marketing and selling skills are probably more important than programming skills.

Alright, now that we have that out the way let’s talk about 7 of the most popular programming languages and hopefully afterwards you’ll have an idea of which one will help you to achieve your goals.

To make things fun we’ll rank them in order from most difficult to easiest.

Ready? Let’s go!

7. C / C++

C is one of the oldest programming languages and can be used for building complex enterprise applications and graphic user interfaces. You could use C or C++ if you wanted to create and operating system or a desktop application such as Adobe Photoshop or a web browser.

6. Java

Java is a class-based, object-oriented programming language. If you want to build mobile apps for Android it would be good for you to learn Java. Java is also used for desktop applications and games.

5. C#

C# was created by Microsoft and it is a general-purpose programming language. It’s mainly used for creating Windows desktop applications and games.

4. Ruby

Ruby is a dynamic programming language which focuses on simplicity and productivity. Famous applications which are written in Ruby include Airbnb, Hulu, Kickstarter, and Github. If you want to use Ruby for web development you will most likely want to use Ruby on Rails which is an open source framework for Web development in Ruby.

3. Python

Python is general-purpose programming language which is quite easy to learn. Because of its powerful scripting capabilities Python is often used for data processing and machine learning tasks. If you would like to build web applications with Python you may want to use Django which is a popular Python web framework. Famous applications written in Python include YouTube, Instagram, Reddit and Spotify.

2. Javascript

Javascript is a popular programming language which gives web pages interactive elements. Whenever you see a web page updating its contents without refreshing the page that is most likely Javascript at work. Applications which make extensive use of Javascript to create responsive web experiences include Netflix, Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail and YouTube.

1. PHP

PHP is one of the most popular and easiest programming languages in the world. It was created especially for web application development so you’ll find that getting a PHP application up and running on the web will be much easier than say a Python or Ruby web application. Famous applications written in PHP include Facebook, Wikipedia, Tumblr, Baidu, Web9, Drupal, Mailchimp and WordPress.

If you are new to programming start with PHP then later on you can explore some of the other languages on this list.

Happy coding!

Related article: Beginners guide to learning PHP programming (Lesson 1)

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