Top programming to learn in 2020

Every since the first commercial programming language FORTRAN was made by John Backus at IBM in 1956. Technology has quite advanced from there, today we have roughly over 700 programming languages. If you are new to the world of programming, we have complied a well detailed list of the top programming languages to learn in 2020.

  1. Python

Python was created by Guido van Rossum in 1990 and released in 1991. I was developed for easy readability of codes and for programmers to write fewer codes. Today python is easily the most popular programming language.

Python was created sole for developers experience, which makes it popular within kids and teenagers looking into stepping into the world of programming.

In 2008 Python went through a total change in which Python 3.0 (a.k.a “Py3k”) was released. With the overhaul came new life into Python as a programming language. Today Python is used in different areas of software development.

  1. Java

Java was created by James Gosling in 1995. At first it was intended for interactive television but it was soon realized that Java was too advanced for the digital television at that time.

Java has JVM (Java Virtual Machine) which made Java platform independence. Java was the first programming language that allowed a program to be ran on different platforms which was called the”Write Once, Run Anywhere”.

Over the years Java has had it shortcoming due to the rise of developer friendly programming languages such as Python. Hopefully, the Java team are working on overturning there shortcoming just like Python.

  1. C#

C# can be describe in simple term as an object-oriented programming language. It was created by Anders Hejlsberg in Microsoft during 2000. It was added to their .NET initiative but with the intent to rival Java.

Over the years after much reforming of C# programming language, today C# is used not just on Microsoft(Windows) platform but by other developers on platforms such as IOS, Android and Linux.

  1. C++

C++ was created by Bjarne Stroustrup at Bell Labs in the 1970s. It was created as an extension of C with the capability of object-oriented programming and facilities for low-level memory manipulation.

Over time C++ has lost it’s popularity to Java most especially within enterprise software development section. With the current increase in cloud computing, the demand for C++ within the big industries is on the rise.

  1. PHP

PHP(Hypertext Preprocessor) development began 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf. PHP was intended as a set of common Gateway Interface (CGI) programs in C,which maintained his personal homepage.

Today PHP is a fully-fledged programming language mainly used for developing server web application such as WordPress and Laravel to mention a few.

Read Now: How to build a WordPress website.

  1. Javascript

JavaScript was developed by Brendan Eich in 1995 during his time in Netscape. As the years went by, JavaScript evolved into a high-level, dynamic programming language.

The first sight of breakthrough was when Ryan Dahl released a cross-platform JavaScript run-time named Node.js which enable JavaScript to run on server just as PHP.

The biggest breakthrough came in 2010 when Google announced AngularJS framework which was built off of JavaScript. As of today, JavaScript is the most used programming language in the world and it literally runs on anything: servers, mobile phones, browsers, micro-controllers and clouds to mention a few.


When looking for a programming language to learn, it best advice would be to start with the easiest so that you can understand the basics of programming. The best programming language to start with as a base is Python.

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