Which is the best programming language for you?

Programming languages and their uses

WHAT are programming languages?

Programming or coding languages are the languages in which a set of instructions is written and entered into the computer, The computer will then perform the required action as per the commands (or it can present an error in case of invalid commands). We all know that computers do not understand our languages and nor can we understand theirs. How do we then communicate with the computer and make it work? Programming languages answer this question for us, these languages are understood by programmers and computers. Consider this flow of actions for a better understanding:

Command (in human language) > Command (in programming language) > Command (in computer’s language)

The command in human language is prepared by the programmer (in this case, let the example command be: print the text “hello world” on the screen). The programmer then translates this command from human language to programming language [in python the command could be: print(“hello world”) ]. The programmer then enters this language in the editor and it is presented to the computer. A part of the computer called the “interpreter” converts this command from programming language to computer language and then passes it on to the required systems for performing the task required. This may seem very long and time-consuming but it happens within a fraction of a second.

WHY are there so many programming languages?

Think about the number of actions you can perform with a laptop or a computer: you can delete / download / open files, you can open/ install/ uninstall various applications and so much more. Even with your phone, you perform tasks like texting someone or calling them and with a broad range of possible actions with applications. There are endless tasks you can perform. To manage so many tasks, one programming language is not possible. Just like we have only 2 hands and can perform limited tasks with them, a programming language also has limited uses. Two or more languages can be used to perform the same task, the reason is that both languages offer different benefits and one of them might be easier or more advanced than the other.

Let us now take a look at some of the most popular languages and their uses:

  1. PYTHON:

Python is a high-level programming language that has a massive field of application despite its simplicity and user-friendliness. One can say that the primary focus of Python is to achieve all sorts of tasks in the easiest of ways.

Python is used for a multitude of purposes like application development, software development, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and many more. Regardless of why you want to learn to program, Python can always be your best weapon. To know more about python, click here.

2. JAVA:

Java is a moderately complex yet powerful general-purpose programming language. It is an Object-Oriented Programming language that is, it focuses on the data entered and is structured around it. Java is also considered the first programming language by many programmers.

Java is mainly used for Android application development and can also be used for server-side programming in back-end development. Java is also used for other applications related to the Internet of Things, gaming, web, and desktop.

3. JAVASCRIPT:

Javascript is the world’s most popular programming language. When you combine it with HTML and CSS, you can use Javascript for web programming and applications, in essence, front-end development.

All of the websites we use are programmed using Javascript as the core language, it is used to create interactive elements on a website and improve its behavior.

NOTE: It is preferred you learn HTML and CSS before beginning Javascript. HTML and CSS not only make javascript easier but also allow you to use the three of them together for web development.

4. SWIFT:

Swift is a powerful general-purpose programming language developed by Apple inc. It focuses on safety, performance, and modern design patterns. Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Writing Swift’s code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and Swift includes modern features developers love.

Swift is only used for developing applications for Apple devices like iPhones, MacBooks, iWatch, or generally, for iOS devices. With the huge expansion of Apple and its devices, Swift has easily retained the title of one of the most popular programming languages in 2022.

5. KOTLIN:

Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference. Kotlin was developed with the primary intention to interoperate with Java while developing applications for Android. Java and Kotlin can be used interchangeably. Although Kotlin is easier than Java, Java has a higher demand than Kotlin as it is more powerful.

Kotlin’s concise syntax makes it an appealing language for web development, Android development, and more. Broadly speaking, Kotlin is used for all sorts of development.

CONCLUSION

Choosing the right programming language for yourself can be a difficult task as there are over 9000 unique programming languages. If you don’t know where to begin, you should get in touch with someone who is already into programming and seek guidance or understanding your requirements, and then research the best language for yourself. Once you learn the basics of a powerful language like Java or Python, all the subsequent languages become easier and more interesting. If you wish to pursue online courses on programming and learning the best out of every language, Join Code Karo Yaaro RIGHT NOW!

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