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|Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Nobody: 5:46am On Jan 15, 2021|
Choosing the perfect language for every newbie programmer is one of the most difficult decision to make due to the numerous options available. There are hundreds of different programming languages with each of them having its personal strengths, weaknesses, complexities and best area of application. In truth, your choice of language will depend heavily on the segment of software development you are keenly interested in. In this article we will look at the various divisions of software development and recommend the best language (/s) suited for each category.
FOR WEB APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT :
This involves the creation of application programs that reside on remote servers and are delivered to the user’s device via the Internet. Examples of web applications include: Online forums like qoura.com, dogforum.com; or Ecommerce websites like amazon.com, Ebay.com; or your popular online blogging platforms like TechCrunch, Moz, Huffington Post etc. For better clarity, we are going to divide Web Applications Development into two parts, namely:
1. Front-end development and
2. Back-end development.
Front-end Web development :
Back-end Web development :
Python: is a multi-purpose programming language that works brilliantly for Back-end web development via some of its popular web frameworks like Django and Flask. With Django (coded in Python) you can quickly develop a web application way quicker compared to other programming platforms. Django comes with a wide range of in-built packages such as admin panel, content administration, site Maps, SQL injections for data management and many more. Your popular media sharing platform – Instagram - and sites like Spotify and Mozilla were created using Django framework.
PHP: is a recursive acronym for Hypertext Preprocessor. Its popularity among Back-end developers is gradually fading as newer languages outsmart PHP in building better functionalities on web applications. Since it is a scripting language, PHP is somewhat similar to HTML making it is relative easier to learn.
Go (also known as Golang): is a newer language as it was only released in 2009. As a low-level language, Go performs almost the same functionality as C and C++ with a simpler and more readable syntax compare to the other two. The lightness of this language makes it perfect for building complex web applications through frameworks such as Gin, Martini or Revel.
FOR GAME DEVELOPMENT :
This involves the creation of games whether in 3D or 2D format, video or motion graphics, or for computer/mobile devices. To be a good game developer you have to possess a strong background in mathematics, sciences or engineering field due to their critical applications in high-level game development. A career in this segment, in most cases requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science/engineering or other equivalent fields. The best programming languages for game development are: low-level languages like C++ and C# (incorporated with Unity). High-level language like Python (using PyGame) or Java (in building mobile games for Android devices) can also be used for making quick prototypes of your game and building lighter video games but they both have their limitations in game development especially when it comes to the game graphics and memory management.
VERDICT : For beginner game developers, we recommend coding with C# via Unity for its relative ease of learning compared to C++.
FOR MOBILE APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT :
The mobile app development sector is a half a trillion dollars industry with room for more growth. If you have settled for a career in building mobile apps for a living then it’s best to follow our guide to picking the perfect beginner’s language for your training. Most of the aforementioned languages for desktop app development are also handy for mobile apps too but our top programming language choices for Mobile Applications Development are: Java, Swift (in conjunction with Objective-C), and Kotlin.
Java: is one of the most popular and used languages in the programming world. It is a flexible and dynamic language that is used in developing Android applications for your mobile phone. As of today, Android has over 70% of the total mobile OS market implying that the future is still very much bright for Java. The best place to start with learning Java is by going through Google’s Android Developer Library which is well-documented and has a comprehensive set of learning materials. Another advantage Java has over other mobile app development languages is its cross-platform app development which means it can also handle Apple’s iOS and Windows apps. Java truly rules the mobile app world!
Swift (in conjunction with Objective-C): Swift is a newer language intended to work with Objective-C to build mobile applications for Apple’s iOS. It’s even quickly becoming an accepted language for general purpose programming. Swift is an open-source language meaning: any app developer using a Linux OS can operate on it to develop iOS applications. In simple terms, let say you have say a Windows Computer but you want to build an app for iPhones. You can install a Linux OS on your PC and start developing iOS mobile applications that would run just perfectly using Swift! This feature has made Swift to be increasingly popular among iOS app developers.
Kotlin: is a programming language introduced by JetBrains, the official designer of the most intelligent Java IDE, named IntelliJ IDEA. Kotlin was designed to work with Java as an open-source language which runs on Java Virtual Machine (JVM). In basic terms, Kotlin is like the simplified version of Java with better readability, more improved syntax and most importantly: it is way easier to learn. If you want to start creating Android apps in a few days time then Kotlin is your best bet. It works perfectly on Android Studio which is the most popular desktop application used for building Android mobile apps.
VERDICT : Java is our go-to language here while you can learn Kotlin along with it as you expand your learning into building actual Android mobile applications. Or you can simply go for Swift if you are only interested in becoming a specialized iOS developer as even Java has its own limitations in iOS app development.
FOR SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING :
Well this is a broad and intricate aspect of software development which is not advisable as the starting point for newbie programmers. System programming involves the development of computer programs that allows the hardwares of a computer to interface with the programmer or the user thereby making the entire computing system to function as a single unit. Such software programs affect the functionality of every other softwares when installed or uninstalled. Thinking of diving into systems programming? Then think big like developing an entirely new operating system (OS) or game engines. In order to be a systems programmer, you have to be well skilled in any low-level language of your choice like C++, Rust or Go.
VERDICT : Personally we recommend Go (also known as Golang) for beginner systems programmers.
For our recommendation on other Software development sectors like Desktop Application Development, AI and Machine, or for those who are still yet to decide on which sector to specialize in you can visit http://www.gorablog.com/best_programming_language_to_learn.html for the full article.
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Nobody: 12:19pm On Jan 15, 2021|
You can drop your comments on whichever recommendation(/s) you find faulty or "not-the-best"'
Air your views make we trash this thing out9
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Sheriman(m): 12:51pm On Jan 15, 2021|
GoddyOra:This is 2021.
Love your views on this. It was great.
Am still a beginner learning Kotlin basics.
I think I find it interesting and challenging though sometimes I got fed up and tired but nothing good comes easy especially if you really want to take this career to the next level. It is not easy to become a professional programmer. It involves a lot of patience, a lots of time, hard work dedication and commitment. Sometimes it's take me hours to fix some bugs in my code. I think that what makes you to become a good developer because it will task you to do more.
I'm going to stay glue with Kotlin alone
It is of no important learning all languages. I will rather stick with one and be the best programmer at it. That's my own philosophy about programming
God bless all the programmers.
Love you all
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Nobody: 1:14pm On Jan 15, 2021|
@OP,,, this is insightful & helpful. Kudos!
May God bless everyone that made it into this 2021
No be only programmers need HIS blessings oo
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Come4Value: 1:14pm On Jan 15, 2021|
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Whothecapfits: 1:14pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by bigdammyj: 1:15pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by ERCROSS(m): 1:15pm On Jan 15, 2021|
I think Flutter is a lot simpler when it comes to mobile app development. One language, two platforms: iOS and Android.
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Thanks Goddyora the OP (and thanks also to the moderator that moved this to the Frontpage) for enlightening and encouraging the sane and hardworking Nigerian youths to this.
You will never ever see the lazy youths on this kinda thread lailai.
Theirs is to comment on stories that will never add meaning to their pitiable and frustrated lives, they can only curse, troll and abuse members all day long.
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by oluwaseunamos33(m): 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Nairalandwizerd(m): 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Kylekent59: 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
To make money is the best.
After learning programming, start creating games and designs.
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by GoCreation: 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by shiki(m): 1:16pm On Jan 15, 2021|
I don't belong here pls
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Churchill6767: 1:17pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Python (Django) is a good one..
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by IceColdVeins(m): 1:17pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Are you just an enthusiast or you code to make ends?
Cos the last the time I checked, python frameworks(esp. Django) were not in demand when it comes to Nigerian software market
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by randomShek: 1:18pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Not to rain on OP’s parade but 85% of us didn’t/ won’t read that thing up there
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by abcond: 1:18pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Can i learn how to create a mobile app without coding?
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Kwara1stson: 1:19pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Sheriman:must you quote everything? werey
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by AFULA(m): 1:19pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by GoodBoi1(m): 1:19pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Nobody: 1:20pm On Jan 15, 2021|
While I was a newbie programmer myself, I dabbled into almost every aspect of software development: mobile app (learnt Kotlin a bit using Android Studio), web development (struggled with PHP at first) then AI/Machine learning (with Python)'
That's the mistake most newbies find themselves in: trying to learn everything instead of picking just one aspect and aspiring to master it. Well I finally passed my "Tutorial hell" stage and stuck with Python.
Now I do virtually everything with python from Web designing (Django) to AI and Data Science.
Your Kotlin pick for Android mobile app development makes sense to me.
How far have you gone? Have you finished any of your projects yet?
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by jospepper(m): 1:20pm On Jan 15, 2021|
This thing the pain my head.
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by fnep2smooth(m): 1:21pm On Jan 15, 2021|
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Queenlovely(f): 1:21pm On Jan 15, 2021|
the way these people scare you with programming vocabulary, fear can kill faster
I think I would pass
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by TheWalkingMind: 1:21pm On Jan 15, 2021|
I plan developing tools that can help humanities soon.
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by OneKinGuy(m): 1:22pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Monty Python is the best language to learn now.
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by Godpikin4real(f): 1:22pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Ahhhh!! The post too long joor.
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by ainas247: 1:22pm On Jan 15, 2021|
Nice one OP
If I am to add to this start your Backend with PHP
Because of Wordpress...
I am a freelancer I know both Nodejs and PHP
But PHP has given me more money...
It earns me more during COVID 19 lockdown
I design website for people with Wordpress and I customize it with PHP...
It’s just my 0.1
PHP is not better but if your are not working full time, you can easily get gigs
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|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by TheWalkingMind: 1:22pm On Jan 15, 2021|
abcond:Unless you wanna create junk apps, no.
|Re: Best Programming Language To Learn This 2021: The Beginner's Guide by teewhydope(m): 1:22pm On Jan 15, 2021|
flutter dart for mobile dev
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