The 14 most popular programming languages, according to a study of 100,000 developers

The 14 most popular programming languages, according to a study of 100,000 developers: The job market is growing rapidly, and at a faster rate than normal in the Software Developer arena according to The United States Department of Labor – The Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook > Computer and Information Technology > Software Developers.


Without further ado: The 14 most popular programming languages, according to a study of 100,000 developers are listed below:

  • #1: JavaScript: Despite having similar names, JavaScript isn’t related to Java. It allows developers to build interactive elements on websites, making it one of the most ubiquitous languages on the web, and the most popular in the world. Learn JavaScript here.


  • #2: HTML: Although it technically isn’t a programming language — it’s a “markup language” — HTML is the basis for the structure of every single website. Learn HTML here.



  • #4: SQL, pronounced “sequel,” stands for Structured Query Language. It lets you deal with large amounts of data by accessing and managing databases. Most of the time, it’s used in conjunction another language, like PHP.


  • #5: Java: Java was originally invented by Sun Microsystems in 1991 as a programming language for interactive television systems. Since purchasing Sun, Oracle has turned Java into a powerhouse. The programming language is the most common way to build Android apps.


  • #6: Bash/Shell: Shell isn’t exactly a programming language. Instead, a shell script instructs an operating system to automatically run a pre-designed list of commands. For instance, a shell script might have an operating system convert every “.bmp” file to a “.jpg” whenever it’s run.


  • #7: Python: Python dates back to 1989 and is loved by its fans for its highly readable code. Many programmers believe it’s the easiest language to get started with. Learn Python here.


  • #8: C#: This language, pronounced “C-Sharp,” was developed by Microsoft. It’s a rival to the even more popular Java and largely used by business software developers.


  • #9: PHP is used for websites and apps that are heavy on data. It even powers WordPress and Facebook. But many programmers hate PHP with a passion. “PHP isn’t so much a language as a random collection of arbitrary stuff, a virtual explosion at the keyword and function factory,” Stack Overflow founder Jeff Atwood once wrote. Learn PHP here.


  • #10: C++ is an offshoot of the C programming language. It was originally created in 1983, and can be found in everything from desktop web apps to server infrastructure.


  • #11: C, one of the oldest programming languages still in common use, was created in the early 1970s. In 1978, the language’s legendary and still widely read manual, “The C Programming Language,” was published for the first time.


  • #12: Typescript is relatively young by programming language standards, created by Microsoft in 2012. It’s closely related to the mega-popular JavaScript and designed to run big applications.


  • #13: Ruby has won lots of acclaim for being easy to read and write. Also popular is Rails, an add-on framework for Ruby that makes it simple to build web apps. The language’s official motto is “A programmer’s best friend.”


  • #14: Swift was released by Apple 2014, touted as a better and easier way to build software. Swift has become trendy; Lyft, among others, used it to make its iPhone app.

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About the Author: Bernard Aybout

In the land of bytes and bits, a father of three sits, With a heart for tech and coding kits, in IT he never quits. At Magna's door, he took his stance, in Canada's wide expanse, At Karmax Heavy Stamping - Cosma's dance, he gave his career a chance. With a passion deep for teaching code, to the young minds he showed, The path where digital seeds are sowed, in critical thinking mode. But alas, not all was bright and fair, at Magna's lair, oh despair, Harassment, intimidation, a chilling air, made the workplace hard to bear. Management's maze and morale's dip, made our hero's spirit flip, In a demoralizing grip, his well-being began to slip. So he bid adieu to Magna's scene, from the division not so serene, Yet in tech, his interest keen, continues to inspire and convene.