10 Languages Developers Need to Master

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on May 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, Job Search Tips, Resume Tips

With just a bit of research on the Internet, you will quickly see that the entry-level salary for a software development professional can be $75,000. With such a high entry-level payout, why aren't more people flocking to this career field? One big reason, most likely, is because software development is a rather complex profession. 

It may look simple from the outside looking in. All you do is sit behind a computer and type in random numbers and symbols, right? Wrong. To be a successful software developer, you need to not only be well-versed in today's most popular coding languages, but you must also stay up to date on new languages that hit the software development scene. 

What does it take for a software developer to get noticed by employers? It's actually pretty straightforward. Learn old languages. Learn today's languages. Then, start learning new languages as they are developed. Not only must you learn them, but you should get certified in each language as well. 

Tips for Beginners

Try as you may, very few people are well-versed in every coding language. There's a good chance that you will master certain languages, such as Ruby, but find yourself lacking in other coding skills, like Python. Still, there are a few programming languages out there that you need to make sure you know. When you're just beginning in this field of work, it's usually best to stick with the easiest languages at first. Learning these simpler languages will still prove as a valuable asset in regards to impressing potential employers. 

What are the best coding languages to learn for beginners?

  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • HTML

Python is a language that is most commonly used for general programming tasks. As you're learning the code, you'll need to have strong readability skills on both a large and small scale. This programming language that is used by more than a few large companies across the globe and most multi-million dollar companies will make it a requirement that you know how to code in it. 

If you're leaning more towards a career in website design and gaming, then learning  JavaScript should be viewed as a necessity. It is considered an industry standard in web content production and is the most popular coding language for beginners to learn. One of the reasons it has gained such popularity is because it is compatible with all browser types. More so, because it serves as a form of general-purpose coding, it can easily be used in both front- and back-end applications. 

Those with aspirations to specialize in website application design will definitely need to master HTML. This language is used in almost every webpage found on the Internet, which is why it has become well known as a core building block language. If you're going to work in software development, HTML should be one of the first coding languages you learn. 

Moving Past the Basics

After you have the basics down, you'll then want to move on to the next level of coding languages, which are commonly referred to as intermediate coding. These languages include:

  • C#
  • C++
  • Java

C++ tends to be the best coding to start with when learning intermediate languages. This coding is derived directly from C coding and is extremely object-oriented. In addition, because it has more capabilities than C coding, it is a bit more complex to learn. If you're working on a big project, C++ is a good language to work with because it has the ability to be broken into various parts; this enhances the collaborative workflow that can take place in a group. 

Java is much like C++ in regards to its syntax and structure as well as its ability to serve as a general-purpose form of programming language. Java has a well-known slogan -- "write once, run anywhere." This slogan is meant to highlight the language's capability to be compatible on multiple platforms. 

The Java language was originally created by programmers to be a form of coding that could be used for interactive TV purposes. Due to its cross-platform capabilities, however, it is now one of the most commonly used languages for a variety of smartphone and computer desktop applications. 

Although Java and C++ languages are great languages for intermediate programmers to learn, C# tends to be the most valuable. This language comes from Microsoft and is based on C++. Throughout the C# language, you will see an extensive amount of Extensible Markup Language (XM) as well as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). To get noticed by employers, you will definitely want to master the C# coding language. 

.NET and Agile are tools; they aren't languages. If you are fluent in .NET, this is a great way to impress employers because they will know you are also able to work well with Visual Basic, C#, and F#. Employers in search of project managers will look for your ability to work with Agile, which means you develop software according to a certain set of principles and values. More so, you develop software in a way that the different processes can be broken down into smaller tasks and completed in a very fast and efficient manner. 

For the Experts

Linux and SQL are considered coding languages that the experts know how to work with. If you master these two languages, you will be highly favored by employers. Knowing SQL means you will have expert skills relating to relational database management systems while understanding Linux is preferred because it is an open-source operating system that exists on all computers. 

The Takeaway

You're not going to master all of the languages mentioned above overnight. There are college courses, as well as online classes, that can be taken to help you. Even better is that many online classes can be taken free of charge. 

Once you have the desired skills, put them to use! Contact ICS to find a job that will require your new skills to make an impact in a company that needs you. Search our jobs and start applying today! No matter what level you're at, there are employers looking for you. 

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