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All the programming languages worth learning in 2020

By Samantha Allen 14 Feb 2020


It’s 2020 and programming languages are continuing to evolve, with new languages springing up and gaining traction all the time. There are plenty to choose from. Whether you’re new to programming, or looking to add another language to your skillset, it’s hard to know which language is a good choice to learn and which programming languages are old news. Read on to find out ALL the programming languages worth learning in 2020.

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1. Python

Why is Python worth learning in 2020?

Python tops the list of most comparison articles about programming languages. Why? Because it’s extremely accessible and easy to learn, plus it’s a versatile language used for a wide range of applications. If we’re sure of anything in 2020, it’s that Python is not going anywhere (other than up). Read more about Python HERE.

You may also like to read our various comparison articles featuring Python HERE.

So how do I learn Python?

You can attend an instructor-led 3 day training course at various locations around the UK and Europe, where you’ll learn the major parts of the Python language thoroughly. Alternatively you can book an expert instructor to conduct training in your own office, for any number of team members.

Browse our Python training courses HERE.

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2. Java

Why is Java worth learning in 2020?

Java is one of the oldest and most popular programming languages, and is used for web apps, desktop apps, operating systems and more.

As well as proving popular and standing the test of time, Java skills pay well and there’s no sign of Java declining in use as it seems to constantly evolve. Read more about Java HERE.

You may also like to read “Which programming language pays the most in 2019? Scala vs Java vs Python vs Ruby” and “What’s the most popular programming language in 2019? Python vs Java vs C”.

So how do I learn Java?

The fastest way to learn Java to a high standard is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Java will consist of 30 hours of training in total over 5 days.

If you’re booking training for your team you can also have the Java training delivered in-house at your own office.

Browse our Java training courses HERE.

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3. C/C++

Why is C or C++ worth learning in 2020?

C is a legendary and extremely popular programming language which is still heavily used all around the world in 2020. Because C is the base language of most advanced computer languages, if you can learn and master C programming you can then learn a variety of other languages more easily. 

The popularity and versatility of C has resulted in a range of spin-off languages, including C++ and many of the other languages included in this article. C++ is a more modern version of the original C, and in techie terms it is object oriented, unlike its predecessor C. 

You may also like to read “What’s the most popular programming language in 2019? Python vs Java vs C”.

So how do I learn C or C++?

You’ll likely find it easier to learn C++ once you’ve mastered another language. For example, if you already know Java, you can take THIS COURSE to learn C++.

The best way to learn C or C++ is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. 

If you’re booking training for your team you can also have the Java training delivered in-house at your own office.

Browse our C and C++ training courses HERE.

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4. C#

Why is C# worth learning in 2020?

C# is a versatile language, created by Microsoft as a rival to Java. It’s used for console and PC games development, web apps and websites, desktop software and mobile development, amongst other things.

Despite its name, C# has far more in common with Java than C or C++. If you’re interested in developing Windows applications and web applications then C# is a brilliant language to learn. It’s a natural language to learn if you’re already skilled in VB.NET, because they both run on Microsoft’s .NET framework.

So how do I learn C#?

The best way to learn C# to a high standard is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for C# will consist of 30 hours of training in total over 5 days.

Browse our C# training courses HERE.

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5. JavaScript & Node.JS

Why is JavaScript worth learning in 2020?

JavaScript is widely used for front-end website development, to make websites and web apps interactive. But with the introduction of Node.JS, JavaScript is set to become an even more popular language as it can now be used for back-end development too. 

If you’re looking to become skilled at web development, JavaScript is an excellent language to learn. As web apps and websites continue to thrive and grow in popularity, learning JavaScript in 2020 is a wise choice. 

Having JavaScript in your skillset also gives you a good foundation to then learn more complicated programming languages such as C++ and C#, if you fancy it. 

You may also like to read “5 essential web skills you need to invest in”.

So how do I learn JavaScript?

The fastest way to learn JavaScript to a high standard is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for JavaScript will consist of 30 hours of training in total over 5 days.

Browse our JavaScript training courses HERE.

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6. TypeScript 

Why is TypeScript worth learning in 2020?

TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript, extending the capabilities of JavaScript. TypeScript helps developers to create larger applications faster and with fewer errors.

The language was developed by Microsoft and it’s worth noting that the lead developer of C# language has also worked on the development of TypeScript. It’s expected to supercede JavaScript in 2020, so if you’re already skilled in JavaScript it would be worth learning TypeScript too. 

So how do I learn TypeScript?

The best way to learn TypeScript is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for TypeScript will consist of 30 hours of training in total over 5 days.

Browse our TypeScript training courses HERE.

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7. PHP

Why is PHP worth learning in 2020?

PHP is considered to be a beginner-friendly language designed for the web. PHP is certainly a popular language for web development - in fact PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page. 

WordPress is more popular than ever and is notably built using PHP, so if you’re interested in being a WordPress web developer, PHP is the language you’ll want to learn.

You may also like to read “What’s the easiest programming language to learn for web development? Python vs JavaScript vs Ruby vs PHP” and “5 essential web skills you need to invest in”.

So how do I learn PHP?

The best way to learn PHP is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for PHP will consist of 24 hours of training in total over 4 days.

There are also plenty of free resources from the PHP community, such as https://phptherightway.com/ 

Browse our PHP training courses HERE.

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8. Ruby

Why is Ruby worth learning in 2020?

The Ruby on Rails framework has tools to make common development tasks easier, making it a perfect programming language for beginners. Ruby is used for back-end web development and is likely to be a relevant language for a while. 

Ruby is considered to be a fun language to work with, and has been popular with startups in particular. There are likely to be plenty of companies hiring Ruby on Rails developers, so even with basic experience you’ll likely land a well-paid job doing back-end web development using Ruby.

You may also like to read “What’s the easiest programming language to learn for web development? Python vs JavaScript vs Ruby vs PHP” and “Which programming language pays the most in 2019? Scala vs Java vs Python vs Ruby”.

So how do I learn Ruby?

Learning Ruby is considered to be easier than many other languages because you don’t need to learn loads of commands. The fastest way to learn Ruby to a good standard is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Ruby will consist of 12 hours of training in total over 2 days.

Browse our Ruby training courses HERE.

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9. Go (also known as Golang)

Why is Go or Golang worth learning in 2020?

Go is a relatively new language built by Google and released in 2012. It’s also known as Golang to help to distinguish between the Go language and the general word, which helps with search queries.

Google is using Go as the primary language for new projects, replacing other languages with it. As Google continues to become a more important part of everyone’s daily lives, it makes Go a language certainly worth learning, and it’s been gaining popularity recently. 

So how do I learn Go or Golang?

It’s relatively quick and easy to learn Go or Golang. The best way is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Go or Golang starts from as little as £599 with 6 hours of training over 1 day.

Browse our Go/Golang training courses HERE.

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10. R Programming 

Why is R Programming worth learning in 2020?

R programming is a popular language for machine learning, which is becoming a popular area of technology at the moment. If you’re already skilled at another programming language, such as Java, C#, Python or JavaScript then you’ll find it easy to learn R. 

If you’re interested in programming for machine learning or data analysis then learning R is a good choice.

You may also like to read “How AI can help your training and your business”. 

So how do I learn R Programming?

It’s relatively quick and easy to learn R Programming if you attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for R Programming starts from as little as £1,800 with 18 hours of training over 3 days.

Browse our R Programming training courses HERE.

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11. Swift for iOS

Why is Swift worth learning in 2020?

Due to Steve Jobs’ feelings towards Java, iOS apps tend to be built using Objective-C. But this is a tricky language to master, and the demand for iOS apps has skyrocketed due to the popularity of iPhones and iPads in recent years. 

This prompted Apple developers in 2014 to create Swift as an alternative programming language to Objective-C. Swift has already established itself as the main programming language in iOS app development. It’s also gaining popularity in other domains too. 

Swift is a much easier language to learn than Objective-C, and Apple built this language with education in mind.

So how do I learn Swift for iOS?

It’s relatively easy to learn Swift to a high standard if you attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Swift for iOS contains 30 hours of training over 5 days.

Browse our Swift training courses HERE.

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12. MATLAB®

Why is MATLAB® worth learning in 2020?

MATLAB® is short for Matrix Laboratory and is a language used primarily for numerical computing. Developed by MathWorks, MATLAB® is a great collaborative language to learn. With MATLAB® you can reuse legacy code written in another programming language, create responsive websites or generate error-free embedded C-code to program hardware. MATLAB® makes it easy for teams using different programming languages to work together. Rather than waste time re-coding in another language, you can spend more time developing products using MATLAB®.

So how do I learn MATLAB®?

You can attend an instructor-led 3 day training course at various locations around the UK and Europe, where you’ll learn basic coding in MATLAB®. Alternatively you can book an expert instructor to conduct training in your own office, for any number of team members.

Browse our MATLAB® training courses HERE.

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13. Kotlin

Why is Kotlin worth learning in 2020?

Kotlin has been declared the official programming language for Android app development by Google, which has resulted in Kotlin soaring in popularity since its launch in 2015. Kotlin is an easy-to-learn, open-source language which runs on Java Virtual Machine. 

Kotlin is much simpler than Java, and many feel that Kotlin addresses many of Java’s shortcomings. As well as Android app development, you can also use Kotlin for web development, desktop development, and server-side development.

As one of the fastest growing programming languages in recent years, Kotlin is a very wise choice for programmers and Android app developers to learn in 2020.

So how do I learn Kotlin?

It’s relatively quick and easy to learn Kotlin. The best way is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Kotlin starts from as little as £599 with 6 hours of training over 1 day.

Browse our Kotlin training courses HERE.

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14. Rust

Why is Rust worth learning in 2020?

Rust is a systems programming language which combines the power of C and C++ with the safety of Java. If you’re an experienced programmer in C or C++ you’ll appreciate the safeguards that Rust offers, as it protects developers from self-inflicting pain.

Rust was released in 2015 and sponsored by Mozilla with active contribution from the creator of JavaScript, among others. As it was developed by Mozilla, Rust focuses on high performance and fast code which can be directly converted to WebAssembly to run on browsers. Rust offers the speed of C++ without the need for garbage collection or a virtual machine. 

So how do I learn Rust?

It’s relatively quick and easy to learn Rust, especially if you’re already experienced in C or C++. The best way to learn Rust is to attend a face-to-face training course. These are available all over the UK and Europe in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oslo. An instructor-led course for Rust starts from as little as £599 with 6 hours of training over 1 day.

Browse our Rust training courses HERE.

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What’s the summary of all this?

The most popular programming languages in 2020 are focussed on efficient development. The overarching need in the world of programming in 2020 is to remove or reduce the likelihood of mistakes and errors happening, and create code quickly. 

It’s all about rapid prototyping - being able to develop a proof of concept quickly. Ideas are common, but turning ideas into a reality is what sets successful companies ahead of others. Build for the future, not the past. In 2020 you need to be able to build things that can be added to on an ongoing basis. Futureproof your work. Technology never stops, and software is never finished. Just like your learning and personal development.

 

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