As the work performed by software developers continues to evolve at a mind-boggling rate, what coding languages will be most in demand in the year ahead?
The spread of computing technology across an increasing number of platforms – ranging from smartphones to televisions, cars to kitchen appliances – has resulted in an explosion of new programming languages. This doesn’t mean, however, that the old favourites have had their day. So what are the programming languages that will be required in 2016? Here are our predictions.
Relatively straightforward to learn yet packing a lot of programming punch, Python is used by the likes of Google and NASA to create highly intelligible websites. It is increasingly found all over the web and is soaring in terms of job opportunities. As it is considered an entry-level language, it could be the ideal starting point for industry newcomers.
This ubiquitous language plays a part in almost every online service there is. More recently, it has been used to develop Android apps and a range of modern business software. With its continuing compatibility and versatility, Java is set to remain a core requirement for anyone looking for work in ecommerce-related coding.
A must if you are intending to pursue any kind of development work involving Microsoft Windows, C# is a modernised version of C++ that enables enterprise developers to create an extensive range of applications. Microsoft still dominates the operating system (OS) market, so C# skills will definitely be in demand for the foreseeable future.
Ruby on Rails
With a deceptively simple exterior, Ruby on Rails conceals a very effective core that enables the rapid development of sophisticated applications using relatively small amounts of code. Although Ruby can be used for many things, its prime function in the world of work is web development.
Software development has become the cornerstone of our lives. Every area of work, from accounting to space exploration, is built around computer software development. Every kind of device, from dishwashers to drones, has coding at its heart. And that has made software programming a prized skill.