Top Programming Languages to Learn: Developers vs. Employers
Cobol, right? No, wait, Basic! It's got to be Basic... Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but neither Basic nor Cobol made the list. Read on to find out what did!
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Top Programming Languages According to Employers
The last two languages on the list, XML and Perl, may seem out place, as neither possesses the multi-faced nature of a Java or the ubiquity of an HTML. XML, however, has proven a great language for data transfer as well as markup — an interesting combination in a single language. According to Coding Dojo, Perl's popularity is due in large part to its usefulness "for system and network administrators and as a glue language."
Top Programming Languages According to Developers
So those are the languages you need to know if you're looking for a job, but they're not quite what you should know if you already have the job.
Python came in at number one on the developer list due to its easy to learn syntax and wide applicability: it can be used to create backend web apps, AI and machine learning applications/algorithms, and run analyses of big data sets. Not only that, Python is often the first language taught to aspiring software engineers and is the language that gets them hooked on coding.
What languages that employers look for didn't make the cut according to developers? Most notably: Perl and XML. As noted in our 2018 DZone Guide to API Management, JSON has all but overtaken XML as a data exchange format, due its easier to learn syntax and readability.
What does all this mean for the developer interested in learning a new language? Despite the allure of newer technologies like Go and Rust, the next language you add to your toolbox should be one that fits into both of these lists. Employers want to hire developers who know Language X, meaning it will help you find a job; and Language X is also highly popular among developers, meaning it's nice to work with. Why not learn Language X?
What do you think of these findings? Based on what you've seen in the industry, what are the top programming languages to learn right now?
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