By DeVry University
January 15, 2021
5 min read
January 15, 2021
5 min read
Have you ever wanted to build something of your own? Or perhaps you’ve seen the inner workings of the internet with lines of code and HTML text and wanted to understand what it all meant. Learning to code can feel like opening the door to a whole new world, and in a way, it is. To get started, let’s become a little more familiar with programming languages.
There are more than 600 possible programming languages that you can learn, so your first look might feel like a dive into the deep end. They don’t all work in the same capacity, and choosing the most appropriate often comes down to what’s trending in the tech industry and what kind of companies you may want to code for later. Thankfully, you don’t have to learn them all to be considered an effective programmer for your chosen specialization. But first, exactly what is a programming language?
C++ is an all-purpose programming language that is often used to create applications that have faster performance and an effective run-time. It is used in a wide variety of industries.
Pronounced “C sharp", this programming language is the basis of Microsoft and is one of the most common languages for Windows, iOS and Android.
Ruby is defined as a back-end language that specializes in giving users cutting-edge features that wouldn't be possible without the concise syntax it provides.
Scala is often thought of as the more modern version of Java. It allows programmers to further elevate their coding.
Python is one of the more basic programming languages, making it easier to wrap your mind around. It is highly user-friendly since its syntax is clearer and almost resembles English.
MATLAB is a more mathematically-focused programming language. It is mostly used for technical computing and integrates computation.
Elm is a relatively new programming language. It is rising in popularity and has become a passion point for those front-end developers that do not prefer the declarative trappings involved in HTML programming.
Because the languages listed above are commonly encountered, they can be great to focus on as you begin to enter the programming world. Depending on what your interests are, such as working with code, HTML or text, and whether you want to work as a front-end or back-end web developer, you might also want to consider exploring Go, R, Arduino, SQL, PHP, Adobe ActionScript and Scheme.
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At DeVry University, for example, you gain skills in programming languages by pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development with a specialization in Software Design and Programming or Web and Mobile Application Development, or an Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Programming Essentials. You can also get a glimpse into programming and learn some basic tech skills with complimentary videos.
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