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Top Programming Languages to Learn in 2016

May 5, 2015 Information Technology 0 Comments

As the halfway point of 2015 approaches, now is the time to brush up on the top programming languages in the IT world that will be essential in 2016. Whether you are a student thinking about a career in software engineering or are thinking about working toward or finishing a degree in a similar field, here is a short list of some of the programming languages you should consider learning in the near future.

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Over the past several decades, computer programming has quickly become one of the most sought-after skills in the American tech industry. However, as technology evolves, so do the programming languages that help people live their digital lives. Some of the top programming languages have thus evolved from the old days of languages such as BASIC, Fortran or COBOL into more sophisticated languages such as C++ and Python.

In February 2015, Dice compiled a list of "The Future's Biggest Programming Languages." Its list included some of the major programming languages used today for big data, including Python, Ruby, SQL and Hadoop. It concluded that while these languages have rapidly grown in importance within the tech industry, none are likely to soon overcome the major languages being used today by software developers, such as JavaScript, PHP, C# and C++.

The List

According to Business Insider, the following are the most in-demand languages right now:

  • Perl
  • SQL
  • Visual Basic
  • C#
  • R
  • C
  • C++
  • Java
  • Python
  • Objective-C
  • Ruby

With the growth of big data and database architecture in the market and the ever-increasing move to update and evolve PC, smartphone and tablet operating systems, the top programming languages that lend themselves to these ends will be the ones to learn for 2016.

Getting There

Students interested in obtaining a degree in information technology or software engineering often take classes that prepare them to program solid code for big data, database architecture or other networking and software projects.

Students will often start by taking introductory courses in programming, where they will learn about basic programming and logic, Java and C++ programming, network management, scripting for the Web and software design and testing. They will also typically delve into Web-based database applications, object-oriented methods and user interface design.

Many degree programs will ensure students learn at least one high-level programming language during their studies. These types of classes will help prepare budding programmers to work on vital and challenging projects in the IT world.

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