This is by no means a definitive guide to every use of every major language in the software industry, but it’s an indication of the prevalence of some languages, why they’re so popular and which way the wind is blowing when it comes to major tech titans’ hiring preferences.
Additionally, since coding is constantly evolving, some languages see their popularity rise, such as…
Python, which we’ve written about separately, is a multi-purpose language. It was invented in the 1980s, but has been evolving ever since and has seen its popularity skyrocket in recent years. Its inventor, Guido Van Rossum, created it before he started working for Google (where it’s in use) and he’s now employed at Dropbox.
Python (yes, named after Monty Python) is a beloved language, including on our course, partly because it’s relatively intuitive and easy to learn. It’s been embraced across the industry and by titans such as Yahoo, YouTube (which is owned by Google), IBM and NASA among many others.
The Who and the Why
When it comes to learning coding languages, there are a few things to remember: Yes, popularity is an obvious factor when learning. But it’s also wise to keep an eye on trends, on who uses the languages, and why they do.
Additionally (and some of you might not want to hear this part) because languages are constantly evolving, you’ll probably have to build on your skills as career demands change. This might mean learning additional languages or skills, or building up your existing expertise.