So you want to learn to program. That’s Good! Programming is an amazing field and can be very satisfying to have the ability to create new software of all different types. There are hundreds of different programming languages out there, so what language is the best programming language to learn? Well this depends on what you are trying to do!
Lets face the facts. It takes a serious investment of time and effort to learn a programming language, so you probably do not want to waste time learning the wrong one for what you hope to do. So what do you want to program for? Below I have listed some different reasons you may have for wanting to learn to help narrow down the language that is best for you:
You want to become a Software Developer
If you are looking to become a programmer to develop software, there are a few different languages used. To help narrow it down a bit more, I have listed some different devises that you may want to develop for and the language used for it:
For iOS and MAC:
Programming Language: Swift
For Android and Linux:
Programming Language: Java
For Windows Phone and Desktop:
Programming Language: C#
You want to develop Games
Games are created in many different languages, but most are being developed in C# or C++. So what one should you choose? Well once again, that depends:
You want to work for a AAA Game Company
Most AAA game companies use C++ as their development language of choice. This language has bee around for a while and has proven to be very powerful as well as having amazing performance. Most studios have been using this language for years, and many of their tools are written in C++.
The downside of this language is that it has a higher learning curve, taking more time to learn.
You want to work for an Indie Game development company or for yourself
If you are looking at creating your own games, or working for an Indie game company, C# is the language for you. This is a very powerful language that has been time tested. It is used in many of the latest game engines on the market, and can be used on nearly all device types, including the web.
The downside of learning C# is that if you want to work for a AAA company, they may only be using C++.
You want to create your own websites
If you are interested in developing your own web platforms, there are two different areas you should ask yourself about. There is the Front End development part and the Back End part. The front end is what you see when you go to a website. It is the framework that you interact with, the artwork you see, and the cool animations that you interact with.
The back end is where the logic takes place on the server machine. This is where you manage account creation, logging in, user date, content generation, data storage and retrieval, and any other sort of functionality you wish the web platform to have.
There are a few different languages you must learn in order to do these tasks:
Front End Development
With the following languages, you will be able to create nearly anything you have seen online.
HTML5 – Build the framework of your website
CSS – Style your website
Back End Development
With these languages, you can add functionality to your website as well as have a place to store your data.
PHP – add functionality to your website
SQL – Store and retrieve website data
You want to learn an interesting new skill
For those of you that simply want to get a foot in the door and experience programming, you should check out a language called PYTHON. It is known for its ease of learning and can be used to create many different kinds of simple applications or games.
There are hundreds of different languages, and many of them can be used in different ways. Know that many developers learn a handful of different programming languages. Once you learn the first one, the rest start coming easier, and much of the way they work is similar.