Top 10 Programming Languages for 2017
In the software development industry, new technologies are emerging in a fast-paced manner. Staying ahead in the tech market is very important for every programmer, moreover as the trends in programming are the same as in the other industries, with changing necessities and new in-demand programming languages for the next years.
Java is one of the most adopted programming languages, used by nine million developers and running on seven billion devices globally. It was designed to be a language that could run on any device and that is why it is used for software development for computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs.
The TIOBE programming community index places Java as no. 1, occupying a total of 20.79% from a list of 50 programming languages and it has known a 63% growth on GitHub by a number of pull requests in the last twelve months.
Java is the worldwide most popular language, according to the PYPL – PopularitY of Programming Language Index. Even though the tech community celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Java, this programming language will continue to dominate the job market in 2017.
Python is a widely used high-level, general-purpose and dynamic programming language. It’s “the” language of the moment and the chosen starter language in university courses around the world. It has the biggest year-on-year job demand growth of any language, stated by the Stone River Academy.
Python worldwide has grown the most in the last 5 years (7.0%), following Java in popularity, as stated by PYPL.
PHP is the most popular language used to write various web applications, having a more significant edge over its competitors as it is open source and stable. PHP is ranked 6th in the TIOBE programming community index and has grown with 43% on GitHub by a number of pull requests in the last twelve months.
Most recruiters over the world look for PHP developers to build dynamic websites which are responsive and interactive as well.
Go is a free and open source programming language created by Google in 2007. In 2016 its popularity skyrocketed because it emphasizes simplicity, high performance, efficiency and built-in support.
Keeping in mind that many start-ups have made it their language of choice, 2017 is guaranteed to be the year when more developers start using Go.
Visual Basic .NET
Visual Basic .Net is a simple, modern, object-oriented computer programming language developed by Microsoft. Visual Basic .NET is a fast and easy way to create .NET-based applications, including XML Web services, ASP Web applications, desktop applications, and mobile applications.
Visual Basic .NET has many new and improved features that make it a powerful object-oriented programming language, ranked at no. 9 in the TIOBE programming community index and continuously improving.
Ruby on Rails
Ranking no. 10 in the TIOBE index, Ruby is a general-purpose programming language, best known for its use in web programming, Rails serving as the framework for the Ruby language.
Ruby is a favorite among developers, startups, and established businesses with many qualities as fast development, fewer lines of code to write, a broad variety of third-party libraries available and a thriving community support and expected constant improvements in the code.
Developed by Apple, Swift is an open source programming language with a continuously growing number of developers that are taking on this easier, flexible, and fun solution. Swift is used to building apps for iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS and it can reduce the length of the code, saving time and energy.
Many global companies have been very quick to adopt Swift, and we will see this new language on the rise in the future.
Dating since 2000, C# is a new programming language designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. Still in the shadows of PHP and Java, C# has experienced a growing popularity every year.
As an evolution of C and C++, this language is simple modern, object-orientated and functional.
Scala is a type-safe programming language that incorporates both object-oriented and functional programming into an extremely concise, logical, and extraordinarily powerful language. This rockstar programming language can handle huge data with its libraries, match patterns and focus on interactive development.
Scala, compared to Java, is ultimately easier to use and increases productivity.