In our previous post, we looked at How to Become a Software Developer. But what is the next step or where exactly do you start.
Like any other technology, programming languages come and go. New languages keep coming up and it’s easy to get lost in the vast forest of available languages. This is where guidance comes in handy.
There is a countless number of programming languages. The good news is you don’t have to worry about learning them all. You only need to be good in a few and your career as a software developer will have hit the ignition key.
Each language has its complexities and applications. They are developed to solve certain problems and each comes with its merits and demerits.
Note that programming languages are generally categorized into low-level (LLL) and high-level languages (HLL). Where low-level languages are further categorized into machine and assembly level languages. Low-level languages provide machine instructions, while high-level languages are closer to human language and are easy to understand.
It is also good to note that the programming languages one chooses may be dependent on its popularity, ease of learning, prospects, job opportunities, community support as well as the demand on applications that use the language.
Which Programming Languages Do You Start With?
Assuming that by now you have already learnt about programming basics, it’s time to start coding.
That said, here is a list of good programming languages to start with:
- Java – An Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) language that is widely used for building enterprise-based web applications. Android App development widely uses Java and holds a good share in mobile games and mobile app development.
- Python – Easy to learn as it has a clear and English-like syntax that makes it a popular choice for beginners. This OOP language is good for back-end web development. Python makes it easy to scale complex applications making it suitable for web development, business applications, AI and machine learning, scientific and numeric applications.
There are various frameworks written in Python such as Django – that have been used by Mozilla, Spotify, and Instagram.
- Structured Query Language (SQL) – Although you cannot use SQL to create an application or build a webpage, they will not be complete without a database. SQL is a domain-specific language that helps you manipulate (add, remove, and query) the data stored in your database.
There are hundreds of programming languages, but one has to start somewhere. The above-mentioned languages are a good place to start. Note that if you are a complete beginner it is best to start with the easiest programming languages.