Popular Web Programming Languages

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The debate over the most popular web programming languages continues. Popularity is measured using several aspects such as the number of new applications being written in the programming language, existing applications, number of developers who use the language, web searches, jobs available and their corresponding salaries.  Also visit Advantages of College Internships if you are interested in getting a head start in the computer programming profession.

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By far the most popular web programming language is Java, which is object-oriented and is widely used for graphical and server-side frames. Java is also quite a strict language. Java was originally developed in 1995 by Sun Microsystems and derives most of its components from C and C++.

In second place is C, C++ and C#, followed by JavaScript, ASP.Net, VB.Net, PHP, Python and Ruby. Other popular programs include Perl, Visual Basic, .Net, Ajax, Delphi, COBOL, Haskell, Erlang, Pascal, ColdFusion, SmallTalk, Objective, Unix and TCL. The popularity of web programming languages has a lot of variation since it is conducted by many sources.

The popularity of C# and C++

C++ can be described as an all-purpose programming language and is generally considered to be a middle-level language, as it has both low and high level aspects. Developed in Bell Labs by Bjarne Stroustrup in 1979, it came about as way to enhance C. This is one of the most used languages in the software industry. C# is a variant of C++ and was designed by Microsoft for its .Net platform. PHP is a relatively new language and was developed by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and can be used within JavaScript. While similar to C, PHP is more dynamic. One of the popular yet niche programming languages, Ruby on Rails, which was developed in the 1990s will see a major upgrade this year, adding feature performance optimizations and customizable templates among other things.

Salary expectations

The salary range you can expect is rather wide, depending not only on experience but also on location, popularity and usage of the language. In some salary surveys, Haskell and Erlang programmers were the highest paid, earning as much as $198,000 and $99,000, respectively.  Java, VisualBasic.Net and C# programmers will continue to be in demand and could see salary increases. Linux programmers have been highly paid due to the large number of web servers, although their salaries are not likely to increase in the near future.

Java Enterprise programmers with a good amount of work experience should be in the $90K range, while JavaScript programmers with HTML experience should be in the $60K range. Keep in mind that salaries in Silicon Valley will be the highest in the country for similar positions, so a Java programmer could make over $100 plus bonus in California.  If you are interested in persuing a career in computer programming please visit Technical and Vocational Resources for further information.

Languages of the future

One of the most discussed programming languages recently has been C, which is staying well ahead of all other languages. Even though it is not the easiest of languages, its features, flexibility and widespread applicability has led it to remain as the foremost programming language. Other languages that will see a brighter future include Erlang and OCaml, which have special features that our current languages do not have.

Demand for programming languages that are mature and those that have been tested by the industry will grow. Languages that are easy to integrate with will be at an advantage, as will those which are more efficient. Programming languages such as Fortran and Erlang, which tackle niche areas will continue to thrive. JavaScripts popularity is due to its intrinsic relationship with HTML and the structure of the World Wide Web.

Languages that have the right amount of complexity, such as C++ and Java, which are relatively easy to copy, are forgiving but still do the task at hand, will continue to be in demand. C# promises to be one of the most in demand programming languages in the future. The Ruby on Rails platform is poised to grow as well.

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