There are so many programming languages in the tech industry, that for the average layman it can be overwhelming. Generally speaking, these languages are how we communicate tasks to a computer. They're a tool to help computers quickly and efficiently process data no matter how large or complex it may be. As technology evolves, so do it's languages. Whether you're looking for someone who can code or are interested in learning yourself, starting with a basic understanding of the languages used to code is important in order to stay up to date with most relevant methods of programming. For beginners, it's best to focus on languages that inherently teach basic computer science concepts. Languages that are dynamic and don't have any strict rules on how they have to be written tend to be the most suitable for those just beginning to dip their toes into the world of coding.
Here to help you get started, are 5 programming languages we recommend for beginners:
While HTML is considered the most basic and commonly known language, everyone has to start somewhere. Used to create web pages, HTML is a markup language that defines the structure and layout of various electronic documents. For example, when formatting the content on a website or email, HTML is utilized to ensure that both the text and graphics are displayed correctly.
Perhaps the most popular introductory language, Python is object oriented and used to integrate systems or automate tasks. Known for it's easy to learn syntax and flexible semantics, Python is a good beginners language because it focuses on readability. It's a script language that reads like English. With Python, programming is often more manageable because fewer lines of coding are required.
Ruby is also an easy to read general purpose scripting language and therefore similar to Python. It features a web application framework called Ruby on Rails that provides some shortcuts. While Ruby is more flexible when compared to Python, it is also less direct and explicit in it's approach.
Java gets it's syntax fro C and C++. (While these are more difficult to learn, they do impact most programming languages and as such are also a good way to place to start in order to grasp the basic concepts of multiple coding languages.) Java has it's own platform and is known for it's ability to run in any virtual machine or browser. It's a standalone programming language, and is statically typed; meaning it has more structure than the others listed above and needs to be compiled before it can be executed. At Number8, we connect companies with IT talent and software developers that are fully trained in product development. By encouraging talent to come up with creative solutions, they remain motivated and positively contribute to a healthy company culture. If you’re interested in learning more about Number8 and what we do, give us a call at (502) 890-7665, or check out our information page.
To stay current, it is important that software developers are able to not only develop for the web but also for mobile. Nowadays people are using their cellphones to surf the web more frequently than they are with an actual computer. In a 2016 press release, StatCounter reported that mobile devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide and 48.7% by desktop. The first time in history that mobile surpassed desktop usage. With this transition in usage patterns, software developers are turning to various programs that specialize in cross-platform development. One of the most popular of its kind is the Microsoft owned, Xamarin.
What is Xamarin?
The product works as an equalizer across multiple mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows. This helps to minimize the struggles developers face when it comes to creating apps such as separate coding languages and UI paradigms. Xamarin allows developers to write iOS, Android and Windows apps with native user interfaces and share codes. Developers can also use C# for all three app platforms as well. Ultimately developers are able to create apps that can be compatible across many devices. According to the Xamarin website:“Xamarin uses C# and native libraries wrapped in the .Net layer for cross-platform app development. Such applications are often compared to native for both iOS and Android mobile development platforms in terms of performance and user experience. Xamarin allows you to create platform-specific UI code layer. Thus, Xamarin cross-platform apps look 100% native on any device, providing better user experience, as compared to generic hybrid apps.'
Two Products of Xamarin
Xamarin can be broken down into two of its major products: iOS and Android. For iOS, the source code is compiled into native Ahead-of-Time compilation assembly code. With Android, apps go through Intermediate Language before being compiled into the native assembly code at Just-in-Time compilation. Both products however use automated processes that function to handle memory allocation, garbage collection, and more. Here at Number8 we always work to be ahead of the times and use the latest technology. If you are interested in working with software developers that are accomplished in mobile development, contact us here. To learn more about Xamarin, visit the website here.
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